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Whether it was Nadine Woodward and Ben Stuckart for mayor, or Breean Beggs and Cindy Wendle for City Council president, candidates for public office laid out different plans for addressing Spokane’s population living on the streets at a Pints and Politics debate downtown Tuesday.
The race for Spokane mayor has been infused with significant cash since the beginning of the month, as outside political committees ramped up their spending power with three weeks to go before Election Day.
Rob Curley: Hearing the candidates one more time before you vote, only this time with a little more discussion and a little less debate
There have been so many dang debates in Spokane this election season that it’s hard to tell whose heads are swimming the most: the candidates’, the voters’ or the journalists’. I can’t remember if it was Steven Tyler or Ayn Rand who said that anything worth doing is worth overdoing, but judging from my phone’s musical library, a solid guess is Aerosmith. Of course, Shakespeare noted it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. Or maybe that was Bon Jovi. It doesn’t really matter.
Woodward aims to use trust amassed over broadcast career to bring about change if elected Spokane mayor
Nadine Woodward has been hesitant to bring her political views into the nonpartisan race, declining to seek the endorsement of either political party. Instead, she’s argued that the election is about trust – trust she’s earned over more than 25 years beamed into the living rooms of Spokane families. She hopes that trust will propel her to the mayor’s office, where she aims to bring about change.
Stuckart vows to stick to facts, principles that have guided his City Hall career if elected Spokane mayor
As Ben Stuckart faces November’s vote, he contends with a well-documented, eight-year record at City Hall. But he also offers a deep, hands-on background in local government in politics. Stuckart acknowledged that his nuanced views of complex issues may not fit the political moment of tweet-sized pronouncements and vague hot takes. But he said he wouldn’t change.
“One idea that I’ve seen other cities do, and that is, like a tent city that is temporary during inclement weather,” mayoral candidate Nadine Woodward said during the Greater Spokane Incorporated forum on Wednesday. On Friday, her opponent, City Council President Ben Stuckart, sharply criticized her for even considering a tent city in Spokane, calling it an “awful proposal.”
Contrary to his style on the dais during council meetings, Ben Stuckart has largely shrugged off or declined to respond to attacks from opponent Nadine Woodward as the two vie to become Spokane’s next mayor.
As the city scrambles to open a new shelter and temporary warming center before winter, the man leading the effort has resigned – prompting city leaders to ask if he was asked to carry too heavy of a burden.
As part of a larger effort, the city of Spokane has voiced its support of Boise in that city’s appeal of a 2018 court decision that requires cities to provide adequate shelter to the homeless in order to enforce laws against camping.
The Spokane City Council named the Salvation Army as the operator of the city’s next homeless shelter on Monday, but the city still has to identify a location.
Allegations against Nadine Woodward that her campaign violated advertising disclosure requirements were dismissed by the Public Disclosure Commission this week.
Homeless to be left in the cold as Condon, City Council trade jabs over lack of adequate shelter space
Mayor David Condon acknowledged that the city will not have adequate shelter space when cold weather hits this weekend. The Spokane City Council and mayor held dueling press conferences on homelessness on Wednesday.
Gov. Jay Inslee endorses Ben Stuckart, while Nadine Woodward bolsters support among business, law enforcement groups
A range of groups, elected officials and defeated candidates are lining up behind the two candidates running for mayor of Spokane.
After talking to our key, on-the-ground stakeholders about homelessness, I have developed a strategy to start turning our challenges into solutions.
Shawn Vestal: Realtors and other rich interests are pouring money into funds to back Nadine Woodward and other Spokane candidates
As special-interest money pours into local elections, do donors with $50 to contribute deserve 100 or even 1,000 times less free speech than the deep pockets? What about people without even that?
Neither the mayor nor the Spokane City Council sees the need to suspend the city’s sit-lie ordinance this winter following last year’s dramatic battle.
Plan to redirect city funds from ‘Curing Spokane’ producer’s development project is ‘dead,’ Stuckart says
Developer Larry Stone is seeking $300,000 from the city to support a major downtown development project, but Ben Stuckart proposed diverting that funding toward drug addiction treatment instead.
The candidates for mayor and city council president debated the city’s approach to homelessness at a forum at the Spokane Public Library on Thursday.
Local developers offer their perspectives on the issues raised in “Curing Spokane,” a video released Thursday that discusses downtown crime, public safety and homelessness.
Spokane isn’t dying, but it needs curing. That’s the argument made in “Curing Spokane,” a 17-minute video released on Thursday and produced by Spokane developer Larry Stone.