Party: No party
City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: Retired Air Force. Operates several rental properties in West Central and Emerson-Garfield neighborhoods.
His words: "There’s been a lot of wasted time on some issues, that the City Council can’t or shouldn’t’ be affecting … I’m looking to help affect positive change for Spokane."
His pitch: A longtime resident and volunteer in the West Central neighborhood, Rathbun says he hopes to re-align the Spokane City Council's priorities to match the mindset of its residents. Property crime is a big issue for residents, he said, and he hopes to dedicate some of the tax base brought in by growth to adding more police officers to the department, noting the city is below the national average for staffing based on population. Rathbun says he has experience working in an advocacy role for his neighborhood with police and elected officials at City Hall and hopes to translate that experience to serving as its councilmember, after switching his candidacy from the mayor's race earlier this year.
Education: Earned a bachelor's degree in physical sciences from Kansas State University in 1987. Completed some coursework at Washington State University. Graduated from Richland High School in Richland, Washington, in 1982.
Political experience: Made list of finalists for appointment to District 3 council seat in 2006, after shuffle at City Hall caused by Mayor Jim West's resignation. Longtime member of the West Central Community Center board of directors, as well as a member of the West Central neighborhood council.
Work experience: Retired from the U.S. Air Force in October after a nearly 32-year military career. Left the service with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Family: Married. Three daughters. Three grandchildren.
Neighborhood: West Central
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Spokane council president race now even tighter, recount possible; disputed council races still close
The already tight race for Spokane City Council president narrowed even further on Friday and could be heading toward an automatic recount. The race between Councilwoman Karen Stratton and challenger Andy Rathbun to represent District 3 on the Spokane City Council also remained close.
Getting There: Northwest Spokane City Council candidates talk Monroe, Five Mile and other needed street repairs
City Councilwoman Karen Stratton and her opponent in the November election, Andy Rathbun, both say there are roads in the northwest part of town that need attention from City Hall. They offered their opinions on road diets and what should be done to alleviate heavy traffic in the rapidly growing reaches of the Five Mile area.
At the Northwest Passages Pints and Politics debate between Spokane School Board and City Council candidates, incumbent Karen Stratton and Andy Rathbun debate the issues as they seek the District 3 seat on the City Council. Debate was October 3, 2019 and held at OverBluff Cellars’ tasting room at the Washington Cracker Building in Spokane.
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Ethics complaint targets Spokane Councilwoman Karen Stratton’s endorsement of Pasco marijuana business
The complaint filed Friday alleges Stratton violated several portions of the city’s ethical code prohibiting city officials from using public resources to further their own financial interests. The councilwoman said the timing of the complaint, after a letter she wrote last summer had been shared publicly in conservative circles online, indicates it is politically motivated and that she hasn’t benefited financially from the action.
Ties to marijuana businesses are disqualifying bankruptcy filers, including City Councilwoman Karen Stratton
The U.S. Trustee Program, responsible for policing the federal courts’ bankruptcy proceedings, is weeding out cases involving people or firms with ties to state-sanctioned marijuana businesses. Earlier this summer, that included Karen Stratton and her husband, Chris Wright, despite the fact that the majority of their debts were not wrapped up in the family-owned farm they’ve helped operate since 2014.
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.
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The open seat to represent northeast Spokane on the City Council has drawn multiple challengers, including seasoned political players and first-time candidates. They all agree, however, that their district has been overlooked at City Hall for dollars to support infrastructure and industry.
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.
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.