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Nov. 7, 2023

Washington General Election, Nov. 7

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Incoming Spokane Mayor Lisa Brown sworn in during Wednesday ceremony

Lisa Brown was sworn in Wednesday night at a ceremony at the downtown Central Library, five days before she formally takes office as mayor of Spokane.

Spin Control: In Spokane elections, winners spent less per vote than losers

Money may indeed be, as a powerful California politician once posited, the mother’s milk of politics. But how you spend that money matters, too.

Spin Control: For some, signing a ballot envelope isn’t a sure way to get their vote counted

How often have you put pen to paper and signed something in the last 11 months?

Spokane County certifies results nearly unchanged from election night

Spokane County formally certified the 2023 election Tuesday, making official results that became evident weeks ago.

Washington Secretary of State calls on postal service after old drop boxes used on Election Day

The Secretary of State’s office has alerted the U.S. Postal Service after elections officials in two Washington counties reportedly found uncounted ballots in out-of-service mailboxes.

With a temporary veto-proof supermajority impending, the Liberty Lake City Council will reconsider a vetoed ordinance to control the city’s library board

The latest twist in a yearlong saga surrounding the Liberty Lake City Council’s authority over the city library is set to unfold during the council’s Tuesday meeting.

How will the 2023 election change the direction of the Spokane Valley City Council? No one seems sure.

The Spokane Valley City Council’s tendency to focus on small-town issues, combined with the theoretically nonpartisan nature of municipal government, makes it relatively difficult to assess the importance of council turnover.

How the Valley was won: Conservative newcomers to Central Valley School Board ready for teamwork, concern for levy passage

After its most contentious election in recent memory, the Central Valley School Board will see new faces in December, though not a complete sweep of challengers.

Woodward focused on transition, budget as she prepares to leave office

Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward faced a litany of challenges during her four years in office: the pandemic, protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, record inflation, addressing employee wages that had stagnated during her predecessor’s tenure.

Two of three challengers in contentious Central Valley school board election overtake long-time incumbents

Two longtime Central Valley School Board members lost their re-election bids in last week’s vote.

Lisa Brown promises to find common ground as she tackles difficult challenges

Spiking levels of homelessness. Higher levels of violent crime. Budget shortfalls.

Another Central Valley School Board incumbent falls behind in third day of vote counting

Long-time Central Valley School Board member Debra Long lost her lead Friday in her bid to retain her seat, putting more conservative candidates on a path for winning the majority on the board.

Lisa Brown elected mayor of Spokane

Lisa Brown will be the next mayor of Spokane.

Voters approved Proposition 1 – and the elected politicians who oppose it. What now?

Spokane voters overwhelmingly approved major restrictions on camping in Tuesday’s election. But they also backed four of the five candidates who opposed those restrictions.

Washington State University launches initiative to combat election misinformation

In an era of rampant misinformation, Washington State University’s public policy institute announced it has launched an initiative to promote election integrity and civic engagement.

Derek Kilmer, who represents Tacoma in Congress, announces he won’t seek another term

Rep. Derek Kilmer announced Thursday he would not run for re-election in 2024 after representing Tacoma and the Olympic Peninsula in Congress for a dozen years.

Medical Lake School District voters preferred status quo in races that began with 17 candidates

Alexis Alexander, Ron Cooper, Gerri Johnson and Laura Parsons appeared poised to win their respective elections if Wednesday night’s vote count held. 

New conservative majority on Mead School Board says they’ll represent parents. Some teachers worry that may come at the expense of students

In each of the three Mead races, the self-described conservative candidate won over their moderate or liberal rivals. Adding a self-styled conservative elected in 2021, the bloc now has a four-person majority on the five-person board.

CdA, Lakeland voters choose different paths in school board races

Endorsements from one of two north Idaho political organizations were the key to success for school board races this year in Coeur d’Alene and Lakeland.

Voters reject Kootenai County bond to preserve open space for conservation and recreation

Voters in Kootenai County rejected a $50 million property tax that would have enabled the county to purchase land to preserve as natural open space.