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Spokane County Fire District 10 commissioner candidates have signficant experience

The race for Spokane County Fire District 10 commissioner comes down to financial versus emergency management experience. After the first primary election for a District 10 commissioner in more than a decade, voters whittled down their choices to Gordon Hester, a volunteer district 10 captain, who has been a commercial real estate broker for about 30 years, and Kevin Haughton, a Spokane city fire lieutenant, who has worked with Northwest Incident Management teams for about 13 years.

Candidates for Spokane County Fire District 5 Commission have long ties to community

Spokane County Fire District 5 Commissioner Isla Durheim and challenger Ed Marston rode the same school bus together as children.

First ballots mailed for Spokane County general election Nov. 5

A total of about 330,000 ballots will be mailed to voters throughout Spokane County this week, ahead of a Nov. 5 election that will see several city hall, school board and fire district races decided. Also included are a dozen advisory votes on state tax and fee increases.

First-time candidates vie for Airway Heights City Council seat

Sarah Slater, a para-educator, faces Jennifer Morton, an assistant to Spokane’s mayor, in the race for a seat on the Airway Heights City Council.

Spokane’s response to homelessness dominates mayoral, city council president debate Tuesday night

Whether it was Nadine Woodward and Ben Stuckart for mayor, or Breean Beggs and Cindy Wendle for City Council president, candidates for public office laid out different plans for addressing Spokane’s population living on the streets at a Pints and Politics debate downtown Tuesday.

New big contributions smash record for outside spending on Spokane elections

The race for Spokane mayor has been infused with significant cash since the beginning of the month, as outside political committees ramped up their spending power with three weeks to go before Election Day.

Beggs touts specifics, Wendle collaboration, in race for Spokane City Council president

Breean Beggs has detailed solutions for Spokane’s most pressing issues. But Cindy Wendle asks why, if he’s an effective leader, haven’t they already been implemented?

30-year incumbent faces challenge in race for Spokane Valley Fire Commission

A retired Spokane Valley railroad conductor is challenging a 30-year incumbent for his seat on the Spokane Valley Fire Board of Commissioners.

Incumbent says voters should vote for her opponent for Riverside School Board

There are two names on the ballot to represent district 3 on the Riverside School Board, but only one candidate wants the position. Sandra Huggins, the incumbent director said she is no longer seeking re-election, even though she originally filed for the election. Huggins missed the deadline to have her name removed from the ballot.

Spokane Valley fire commissioner candidates clash over communication, fire commissioner leadership

Candidate for the Spokane Valley Fire Commission Bradley Mertens said he hopes to improve communication and work with unions, while incumbent Patrick Burch said a fire commissioner’s first responsibility is to taxpayers, not unions.

MacFarlane emphasizes security, Slagle diversity in race for Spokane Public Schools board

Kelli MacFarlane says all schools, including elementaries, in the Spokane Public Schools should have an armed security officer. Her opponent, Jenny Slagle, believes security can be improved in different ways.

Woodward aims to use trust amassed over broadcast career to bring about change if elected Spokane mayor

Nadine Woodward has been hesitant to bring her political views into the nonpartisan race, declining to seek the endorsement of either political party. Instead, she’s argued that the election is about trust – trust she’s earned over more than 25 years beamed into the living rooms of Spokane families. She hopes that trust will propel her to the mayor’s office, where she aims to bring about change.

‘Tent cities’ concept sparks debate between Woodward, Stuckart

“One idea that I’ve seen other cities do, and that is, like a tent city that is temporary during inclement weather,” mayoral candidate Nadine Woodward said during the Greater Spokane Incorporated forum on Wednesday. On Friday, her opponent, City Council President Ben Stuckart, sharply criticized her for even considering a tent city in Spokane, calling it an “awful proposal.”

Lockwood, Treloar compete for seat on Spokane Public Schools board

For Nikki Lockwood and Katey Treloar, a passion for education began long before either of them decided to run for the Spokane Public Schools board.

Candidates seek to prevent wildfires, lower insurance costs in Spokane County Fire District 4

A college math instructor hopes to bring new perspective to the commission leading Spokane County Fire District 4. To do so, he would have to defeat the commission’s chairman who has many years of experience in public safety. Incumbent Roger Krieger said Fire District 4 has hired a consultant to review hazardous areas where fires could get out of hand and develop concepts to reduce overgrown brush and offer private citizens ways to protect their homes.

Nine Mile Falls School Board race pits police major versus retired teacher

Eric Olsen, 50, a major for the Spokane Police Department, is running on a school safety platform. Mary McAdam, 64, who taught in the district for nearly 40 years before retiring two years ago, said her focus would be on a free and reduced breakfast program.

Newcomer challenges incumbent for Liberty Lake City Council position 7

In Liberty Lake, some say it’s time for new ideas in city leadership while others say experience is the way to avoid failure.

Spokane County Fire District 3 commissioner candidates propose different approaches to major change

Big changes are coming to Spokane County Fire District 3, and two fire commissioner candidates plan to navigate those changes in different ways. Incumbent Sharon Colby, who has been a fire commissioner for nearly three decades, hopes to use her knowledge of the district to help manage an expanding service area smoothly.

Former mayor challenges incumbent councilwoman for Cheney City Council seat

Voters in Cheney will choose between two experienced candidates when they cast a vote for the City Council’s position 6.

Two Dan H’s fight for seat on Cheney City Council

November’s ballot in Cheney will be confusing when voters get to position 7 on Cheney City Council.