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Family of white supremacist murder victims, including Spokane Valley City Council candidate, call for racial equity talk in the city

Lance Gurel, who is one of the candidates running against Spokane Valley City Councilman Arne Woodard, said this weekend the impending execution of Danny Lewis Lee shows why the city must face its racial equity challenges. Woodard defended the city’s approach to the question while condemning Lee’s actions.


Vote for mayor may impact police oversight, with role of ombudsman in flux

The upcoming mayoral election could have serious implications for the future of police oversight in Spokane, as whoever wins could determine the extent of the power held by the police department’s civilian watchdog.


Spokane Valley fire commissioner tries to fend off two challengers for seat

A one-term incumbent Spokane Valley Fire commissioner is hoping to retain his seat, as a former city councilman and a first-time candidate challenge him.


Referendum would stop recently approved initiative that allowed some affirmative action plans in Washington

Washington voters will likely get the chance to continue or revamp the state’s 21 year-old law that restricts affirmative action programs.


Medical Lake voters will decide if city fire department is absorbed by Spokane County Fire District 3

Medical Lake has had its own fire department since 1904, but voters could decide next month to eliminate it.


Spokane County Fire District 5 tries again for levy increase for equipment improvements

Spokane County’s Fire District 5 is asking voters for a property tax levy increase of $0.46 to fund equipment and facilities improvements. The levy would be in effect from 2020-2035 if Proposition No.1 is approved in August’s general election.


Police union endorses Woodward as candidates spar on approach to public safety

As public safety and police accountability continue to play a central role, the Spokane Police Guild has endorsed Nadine Woodward for mayor in the primary election.


Spokane County Libraries wants voters to know it didn’t host Drag Queen Story Hour as it seeks approval on levy

The Spokane County Library District hopes to avoid reductions in services through passage of a $2 million property tax increase to fund operations at the system’s 11 branches. But library officials in the county fear that voters may confuse their offerings with the city, which hosted a controversial drag queen story hour this summer and has some voters confused about which system their taxes will go toward.


Realtors buying voice in Spokane elections

Realtors are pouring an unprecedented amount of money into Spokane primary campaigns, with the Washington Association of Realtors throwing substantial support behind mayoral candidate Nadine Woodward and three fresh faces vying for seats on the City Council.


Spokane County asks voters to renew sales tax to maintain criminal justice system

Spokane County leaders are asking voters to renew a $6 million-a-year sales tax that the region has approved twice before to maintain the criminal justice status quo.



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