City: Spokane, WA
Why running: Woodward said she has grown frustrated with the direction the City Council has taken under Ben Stuckart’s leadership in addressing issues such as homelessness and crime.
Experiencing the city as both a journalist and now a business owner, Woodward decided to get involved in politics and contribute to the city.
Her pitch: “I know the issues, I know this city very, very well,” said Woodward, who has lived in Spokane for 29 years after growing up on Washington’s West Side.
“I don’t come from a place of political experience. I don’t think that political experience is the best experience. I come from a place of being immersed in Spokane issues for 28 years and in a position of public trust.”
Political experience: Never held elected office.
Work experience: Was a television news broadcaster in Spokane for 28 years, first at KREM before moving to KXLY in 2010. She left the industry earlier this year and is vice president of Memories by Design, a video production business in Spokane.
Education: Graduated from Hudson’s Bay High School in 1980. Graduated from the University of Portland in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree.
Personal: Married. Has two children.
Mayor Nadine Woodward is moving quickly to identify and open a new downtown police precinct focused on community-oriented law enforcement, with more officers patrolling on foot and bike. New City Councilman Michael Cathcart likes that plan so much he wants to mirror it in northeast Spokane, the district he represents.
As both candidate and mayor, Nadine Woodward has signaled that “a hand up, not a hand out,” will be her guiding philosophy. But how Woodward will translate that slogan into actual policy remains to be seen.
If confirmed by the City Council, Brian Coddington, who worked for more than five years under Mayor David Condon, will return as the city’s director of communications and marketing, and Tonya Wallace will become the city’s chief financial officer.
What will make or break the relationship at City Hall – and what broke the last one – isn’t what happens when everyone’s looking. It’s what happens when no one is, and how honest you are about it.
Longtime Spokane television news anchor Nadine Woodward was sworn in as the city’s 45th mayor on Monday in a ceremony at the U.S. Pavilion at Riverfront Park, its netting illuminated in her campaign colors of blue and purple and pierced by the white streaks of dancing snowflakes.
The former longtime TV news anchor will officially succeed Mayor David Condon on Monday, with an inauguration ceremony and reception planned at the signature attraction of Riverfront Park beginning at noon.
In part due to her choice to retain top leaders across multiple city departments, Mayor-elect Nadine Woodward and other city leaders are confident her transition into office will be a relatively smooth one – no matter what Spokane throws at her.
“I love the fact that he’s got this dual perspective of running the city, but also serving on the council, as we move forward to open the lines of communication with our City Council,” Woodward said.
Supreme Court won’t hear appeal in case that requires cities to have shelter space available to ban homeless camping
The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal of the 2018 lower court decision setting limits on cities’ ability to enforce laws against camping in city streets and parks.
In June, as the election campaign was grinding into life, the city’s CompStat crime-reporting system showed that the number of crimes reported citywide were trending downward from the previous year. They were 13% below where they’d been at the same time last year.