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Spokane City Council president

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Breean L. Beggs (N) 33,586 50.72%
Cindy Wendle (N) 32,629 49.28%

* 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.

The Candidates

Breean L. Beggs

Party:
No party
Age:
58
City:
Spokane, WA

Why he’s running: Beggs is running for a second term amid what he believes is a wave of momentum behind the city. “Spokane is, right now, what I call ‘in play.’ It can really take the next step, and the momentum is strong. I’m someone who brings people together, especially from opposing viewpoints. I have enough knowledge with 3 three and a half years on the council to really facilitate moving forward together.”

His pitch: In his three-plus years on the City Council, Beggs believes he has established himself as a member who brings people together from opposing viewpoints and finds compromise. Beggs has been deployed to find common ground in the city’s approach to emergency communications.

Education: Graduated from Timberline High School in Lacey, Washington. Earned a bachelor’s degree from Whitworth University in 1985 and a law degree from University of Washington School of Law in 1991.

Political experience: Beggs was first nominated to fill a vacancy on the City Council in 2016. He won election to that same seat in 2017. He lost the race for Spokane County prosecutor in 2014.

Work experience: Beggs, an attorney, worked as the director of the Center for Justice from 2004 to 2010. He represented the family of Otto Zehm in a lawsuit against the city. Works as a private practice attorney in Spokane with Paukert & Troppmann PLLC.

Family: Married. Has three children.

Cindy Wendle

Party:
No party
Age:
47
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.

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