Party: No party
City: Spokane, WA
Why she’s running: Cindy Wendle is running for City Council president to put people first, put politics aside, and ask why the city does the things it does.
Her pitch: Wendle’s inexperience in city politics is an asset, she believes. The current council members seeking the presidency are on opposite sides of the political spectrum, Wendle argues. She has positioned herself as a nonpartisan candidate for a nonpartisan race. She’s also the only woman seeking the job.
Education: Graduated from Pullman High School in 1992 and the University of Washington with a business degree in 1996.
Work Experience: Co-owner, along with her husband, Chud Wendle, of Northtown Square, a shopping center opened in 2009 on the site of the former Wendle Motors dealership. Works as commercial real estate manager for Northtown Square. Previously helped Washington Trust Bank expand with new branches in Pullman, Moscow, and Lewiston, before managing the main branch in Spokane.
Family: Married. Has three children.
- Web: votecindywendle.com
After all that time, all that argument and all that Realtor money, the landscape at City Hall will be strikingly similar to the one we’ve had for eight years. Given that, it’s quite possible that the single most consequential elected official – the strongest one, you might say – will be the one sitting in the council president’s chair.
City Councilman Breean Beggs’ lead overlocal businesswoman Cindy Wendle in the race for Spokane City Council president grew by more than 300 votes after more votes were counted Wednesday night.
Entering the weekend separated by only 145 votes, the Wendle and Beggs campaigns have had teams canvassing the city to track down voters whose ballots were initially rejected by election officials and to ensure their votes are counted.
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.
The gap between candidates for Spokane City Council president was cut by more than half after additional ballots were counted on Thursday, indicating the race will go down to the wire.
County elections officials offered an updated tally of the votes on Wednesday that was good news for those held a lead after the initial results rolled in on Tuesday.
Council president race gets less civil, with Wendle defending doctored photograph, PAC calling her ‘reptile’
Cindy Wendle used a distorted photo of Breean Beggs in a recent mailer, and Wendle was the target of a recent uncivil ad calling her a “hollow-eyed reptile.” While Beggs condemned the attack on his opponent, Wendle defended the mailer.
The Spokesman-Review asked the candidates for Spokane City Council president a series of questions about city policy and priorities in an attempt to glean further insight into their priorities and positions.
A new ad for Cindy Wendle laments the sharp rise in drug-related crime in downtown Spokane. But a new ad for her opponent, Breean Beggs, celebrates a decrease in crime of more than 15% citywide. They’re both right.
In a 30-second spot released this week by a candidate for Spokane City Council president, a brief scene shows a row of tents shaking in the wind. But the footage appears to have been taken in Baltimore, not Spokane.