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Incumbent Airway Heights councilman up for re-election seeks partnerships to boost community

As Airway Heights continues to grow, a city council incumbent has his eyes set on increasing activities for the youth, mitigating traffic and fixing a housing shortage.


Cheney Public Schools capital levy would pay for future school sites, technology upgrades

The $4.2 million property tax levy would be collected from district residents at an estimated rate of 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed value in 2020 and 2021.


McMullen and Myers bring experience in race for Central Valley School Board

When the state changed the funding model for public education, Central Valley School Board member Cindy McMullen likened it to a working family who just lost half a paycheck. In Central Valley’s case, that meant a $12 million budget deficit that left McMullen and her colleagues to pick up the pieces.


Election preview: Mead School District board member Dorcas Wylder faces challenger Michael Cannon

Wylder, who was appointed to the seat at the beginning of the year, defended the school board’s decisions to end programs while facing a projected budget shortfall next year. Cannon said those decisions were “short-sighted” and have left parents and students without needed support.


Mead school board race pits veteran against newcomer critical of how district handled recent cuts

Bob Olson, who has on the Mead School District board for 34 years, says stability on the board will help the district navigate a difficult period. His challenger in the Nov. 5 election, John Hatcher, disagrees. Hatcher says the district “needs new ideas and input.”


Confusing affirmative action initiative a product of long back-and-forth about best way to afford opportunity

If you signed petitions this spring to put Referendum 88 on the November election lot because you oppose affirmative action laws, should you mark it “Approved” or “Rejected” on your ballot? We explain.


Gov. Jay Inslee endorses Ben Stuckart, while Nadine Woodward bolsters support among business, law enforcement groups

A range of groups, elected officials and defeated candidates are lining up behind the two candidates running for mayor of Spokane.


Suit contends affirmative action campaigners didn’t pay companies that gathered signatures to get initiative passed

When the campaign to change Washington’s affirmative action laws turned in thousands of petitions to send the initiative to the Legislature, sponsors bragged that they had a record number of signatures for such an effort. But they didn’t mention that those signatures hadn’t been paid for.


Shawn Vestal: Realtors and other rich interests are pouring money into funds to back Nadine Woodward and other Spokane candidates

As special-interest money pours into local elections, do donors with $50 to contribute deserve 100 or even 1,000 times less free speech than the deep pockets? What about people without even that?


Peetz v. Rasmussen: Spokane Valley City Council candidates differ in identifying city’s issues, solutions

Spokane Valley Councilwoman Brandi Peetz and challenger Michelle Rasmussen both hope to focus on public safety and a regional solution to homelessness if they win a four-year term on City Council in November, but they differ on much else, including how to pay for infrastructure improvements and whether the city should consider adopting equity and diversity policies.



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