Spokane City Council, south council district, City of Spokane
|Breean L. Beggs (N)||10,434||57.97%|
|Andy Dunau (N)||7,565||42.03%|
* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.
Final reports filed with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission show November’s contests for three seats on the Spokane City Council cost a total of nearly $420,000, based on the amount spent by the candidates themselves and groups supporting or opposing them. That’s slightly less than the $458,000 that was spent in 2013, but a 10 percent bump over the amount spent two years ago.
Spokane’s newest city councilwoman takes the seat that will be vacated by longtime Councilwoman Amber Waldref, representing Spokane’s northeast district. A gathering of friends, family and local lawmakers observed her ceremonial swearing-in at City Hall on Thursday night.
Early ballot returns indicate the Spokane City Council will retain its progressive-leaning majority, as voters gave comfortable leads to a slate of candidates endorsed by Ben Stuckart in what became a costly and sometimes bitter campaign in the final few weeks.
For the first time in at least a decade, spending by outside groups in this year’s City Council races reached all corners of the city. Through Friday, more than $372,000 had been raised for the three of the contests that will be decided next week, with 1 in 4 of those dollars coming from a group working independently of the candidates.
Conservatives were outraged with the attack on Howes. Liberals were irate with the smear against Beggs. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough people who are disgusted with both. Until there is, the slimy politics will continue.
Shawn Vestal: Days before election, local GOP leader launches slimy whisper campaign against Spokane city councilman
It’s campaign season, and ethics vanish as Election Day approaches. Enter Stephanie Cates, chair of the Spokane County GOP. After weeks of local conservatives, including at least one prominent elected official, attempting to pitch a smear to reporters on City Councilman Breean Beggs, and getting no bites, Cates posted a slimy attack on Facebook on Tuesday night.
Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs was part of a legal defense team that earned a $1.3 million judgment against a Whatcom County prosecutor targeting a bookstore for its sale of a magazine issue focusing on rape in 1995. The chair of the Spokane County Republicans, with support from several prominent conservatives on social media, is accusing Beggs’ involvement as a defense of hate speech, despite clear court victories indicating authorities were attempting to violate Constitutional rights.
Andy Dunau is the rare Spokane City Council candidate who is genuinely moderate. On top of that, he has no desire to pursue issues beyond the scope of the position.
Breean Beggs squares off against Andy Dunau in a contest for one of the most liberal-leaning areas of town. Dunau casts himself as a centrist, and says Beggs’ support of a rail initiative fining coal and oil trains is evidence the council doesn’t reflect the values of the city. Beggs says he’s concerned about safety and has worked to improve relationships at City Hall.
Blessings Under the Bridge will continue to serve homeless under Interstate 90 in downtown Spokane
The mayor said this week he had continued concerns about the future costs of some of the covenants agreed to by the City Council last month. Spokane has already taken fiscally responsible steps to promote environmental stewardship and will continue to do so, he said. But city lawmakers are puzzled about the law’s chilly reception.
Beggs and Mumm post strong showings in Spokane City Council primaries, Burke and Benn face off in northeast
The two incumbents on the primary ballots for Spokane City Council earned the majority of votes counted Tuesday in their districts. Kate Burke will square off against Tim Benn in northeast Spokane.
Challengers seeking Breean Beggs’ appointed seat on the Spokane City Council criticize policies he’s floated on oil and coal trains and ways to pay for more police, but the 44-year-old attorney says that’s just part of the work he’s doing for the city and dismisses labels.
Breann Beggs has achieved important accomplishments, though we worry about his political activism. Andy Dunau, who is supported by former council members Mike Allen and Steve Salvatori, evinces a thoughtful, pragmatic leadership style.
City Council asks Mayor Condon to cap overtime, enhance civilian oversight in negotiations with Spokane Police Guild
In a letter to Mayor David Condon agreed to Monday night, the Spokane City Council requested negotiations with the police union include caps on overtime hours and a more defined role for the city’s Office of Police Ombudsman.
The panel is set to vote on a bill Monday that will put the spending of money seized from suspected criminals under their authority and require regular public reports.
Under a new law, entering or staying in a car that isn’t yours would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail or a $1,000 fine. The Spokane Police Department said the new law would allow them to charge people who appear to be on the way to committing more serious crimes, like vehicle prowling or auto theft.