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Soaring gas prices, crime rates and homelessness: How will parties position themselves locally headed into primaries?

The outlook in Spokane mirrors that seen in urban areas across the nation, with soaring prices at the pump, rising rates of crime and a greater number of people seeking shelter on the streets. Those issues, combined with the usual disadvantage the political party in power experiences in midterm elections, signify an uphill battle for Democrats, political observers say, though that’s complicated in local races where Republicans dominate elected office. 

Here’s who will be on Spokane County’s August primary ballot

Here’s who filed to run on Friday and the full list of who’s running for office. 

Three new Spokane County commissioner candidates highlight penultimate day of filing week

The candidate fields for the upcoming August primary are starting to take shape. 

Don Harmon, Airway Heights’ mayor in the late 1990s, enters county commission race against Al French

Harmon, 76, is keeping his campaign platform simple — he’s focused on police and roads. 

Spokane County filing week kicks of with three surprise candidates, but few bombshells

Airway Heights’ mayor from the late ‘90s, Karen Stratton’s former legislative assistant and a formerly incarcerated person of color were the only unexpected names to file to run for election in the August primary. 

‘The new swamp’: 2,500 miles from Mar-a-Lago, Central Washington primary in Newhouse race tests heft of Trump’s endorsement

Five Republican candidates stood at the front of a VFW post in Yakima on the first Saturday of May. One by one, they made their opening pitches for why the voters of Central Washington’s ruby-red 4th district should send them to Congress.

Doorbelling group checking voter rolls in Spokane County not government-sanctioned, Auditor’s Office says

The organization’s website includes a YouTube video featuring Glen Morgan, who introduces himself as an activist and former candidate for the Thurston County Assessor’s Office. Morgan is a frequent filer of Public Disclosure Commission complaints, often against Democratic or progressive candidates, and was responsible for a mailer in a state Senate race in Spokane in 2018 that urged voters to write-in a candidate that wasn’t actively seeking the office. 

Prosecutor turned pastor hopes to return to courtroom; ‘Nonpartisan’ Conklin is first non-Republican to file for Spokane County prosecutor

Debra Conklin hasn’t practiced law in 35 years, but the Spokane pastor is now the fourth candidate and only non-Republican to announce her intention to run for Spokane County prosecutor.

Spokane County deputy who alleged firing was retribution for sheriff candidacy pulls out of race

A longtime Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was fired soon after he filed to run for sheriff in February pulled his name from the race leaving one candidate running for the office.

Spin Control: Despite Culp’s claim, ‘Get a rope’ is no metaphor for accountability

When a man allegedly attacked a Seattle nurse in early March, knocking her down the stairs of a light-rail station for no apparent reason, breaking her ribs and clavicle, many people were shocked.

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s video address to county commission candidate draws complaint

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s retort to a Spokane County commission candidate in a video recorded at the courthouse and posted to the office’s Facebook page is being investigated by state election officials as a potential misuse of taxpayer resources. Knezovich said the video is part of a public information campaign intended to give citizens the ability to question leaders he charged with working against public safety efforts of his office.

Republican, Democrat announce bid for seat on new Spokane County Commission

Democrat Chris Jordan and Republican Kim Plese are the first to file for the new district, which covers most of west Spokane. 

Knezovich shares reasoning for firing veteran deputy running for sheriff

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich elaborated on the reasoning behind terminating a veteran deputy last week, at a news conference Monday.

Veteran deputy running for sheriff is accused of lying and fired by Knezovich

A veteran Spokane County sheriff’s deputy was fired last Thursday, less than a week after filing paperwork to run for sheriff.

Spokane County Democrats seeking new chair as November elections loom

Former Chairwoman Nicole Bishop resigned at the end of January, citing “intraparty conflict” and personal reasons for vacating the job she’d held since summer 2020. That election followed the resignation of the party’s prior chair and members of the party leadership after complaints about inclusiveness of diverse voices in decision-making. 

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich endorses undersheriff in November election

“Sheriff Ozzie has been a huge advocate for this community,” Undersheriff John Nowels, 49, said in an interview this week. “ I understand what his vision for Spokane has been, and what it is going into the future. I have a similar vision for it.”

Spokane County may put tax on ballot for Avista Stadium upgrade

Avista Stadium needs major upgrades to comply with new MLB regulations. But who’s going to pay the bill? 

Spokane basketball legend John Stockton endorses GOP candidate Tiffany Smiley in Senate race

WASHINGTON – The Republican candidate vying to represent Washington in the Senate got a boost from an unusual source Monday: an endorsement from NBA Hall of Famer and Spokane native John Stockton.

Here’s what to watch in Congress and national politics in 2022

The fate of Joe Biden’s legislative agenda and positioning for what appear to be contentious midterm elections will drive the news cycle on Capitol Hill in 2022. 

Democrats Natasha Hill and Ann Marie Danimus are early filers hoping to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

The two women vying to do what no Democrat has been able to in nine tries both say they will be better representatives for Eastern Washington that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.