Spokane City Council, northwest district, City of Spokane
|Karen J. Stratton (N)||7,599||47.68%|
|Andy Rathbun (N)||3,824||23.99%|
|Jeff Martin (N)||2,289||14.36%|
|Ken Side (N)||805||5.05%|
|Christopher Savage (N)||749||4.70%|
|Jeff Rugan (N)||673||4.22%|
* 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.
Andy Rathbun, Jeff Martin, Christopher Savage, Ken Side and Jeff Rugan have filed against the incumbent councilwoman, who’s been in office since 2015 and has, at times, butted heads with Mayor David Condon as a member of the council’s perceived liberal supermajority.
Spokane City Council candidates were divided on how to make Spokane safer and reduce homelessness, with some arguing for mandatory drug treatment and more police, and others saying more housing was the best way to get people off the street.
More than three years ago, activists hatched a plan to save five Victorian houses from demolition and turn them into much-needed affordable apartments in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood. But the project stalled for reasons that remain in dispute, and the houses fell into disrepair after they were moved to new locations.
Andy Rathbun drops out of mayor’s race to run for Spokane City Council, but there are still 8 people running for mayor
One of the most vocal critics of his opponents, Andy Rathbun, has withdrawn from the mayor’s race to run for City Council, saying he may not have the name recognition to win the city’s top position.
Baby changing stations will soon be available in bathrooms at City Hall, after the Spokane City Council approved a plan to install them later this year.
Shawn Vestal: The ‘Not Nadines’ have a point about lack of coverage of their Spokane mayoral campaigns
When Nadine Woodward announced she was running for mayor, local media covered it as a capital-B capital-D Big Deal. When most other candidates announced, not so much.
The Spokane City Council delayed a land deal with Union Gospel Mission over concerns that the city may have made a one-sided deal with an organization that does not hire LGBTQ employees and has been criticized for its treatment of transgender people.
City Council President Ben Stuckart declared from the dais last week that neither Seattle nor Spokane is dying, but the divisive KOMO-TV report has prompted a wide-ranging discussion on the issue on the east side of the Cascades.
The couple said in an interview the filing, submitted to the court Thursday, is the result of legal malpractice claims against Chris Wright’s one-man law firm. Stratton said she wants to address the hardship head-on and doesn’t think it will affect her re-election effort this November.
Spokane City Council unanimously voted to keep cameras out of the City Hall break room, which would have been used to monitor sales at a new self-serve fresh food lunch counter.
Some city employees say disagreements between the Spokane City Council and the mayor’s administration have put employees in the middle, creating an environment in which they have been treated with a lack of respect and professionalism, an independent investigator’s report on bullying complaints has found.
Now that Spokane’s shelter capacity has increased by 275, the city will resume enforcing a law that bars people from sitting, sleeping or lying on the streets of downtown Spokane beginning Feb. 8.
After more than two years of talks, the Spokane City Council seems poised to pass new local regulations on ride-hailing company drivers that will include a new driver’s license fee for those taking their fares from a smartphone app. The city lawmakers leading the charge say they hope the changes will put those industries on a more even playing field with traditional cab drivers when picking up passengers in town.
The City’s Human Resources Department has begun investigating four city council members after employees reported they had been bullied during public meetings.
The Spokane Police Department is now authorized to use drones when investigating crimes and trying to locate missing or fleeing people after the City Council approved a resolution 5-2 Monday night.
The city may soon be able to give its unused properties to developers and non-profit organizations who agree to build affordable housing for Spokane’s low-income or elderly residents.
The Spokane City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that increases council oversight of city hiring and caps city employee pay at four times Spokane’s median household income.