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First ballots mailed for Spokane County general election Nov. 5

A total of about 330,000 ballots will be mailed to voters throughout Spokane County this week, ahead of a Nov. 5 election that will see several city hall, school board and fire district races decided. Also included are a dozen advisory votes on state tax and fee increases.


First-time candidates vie for Airway Heights City Council seat

Sarah Slater, a para-educator, faces Jennifer Morton, an assistant to Spokane’s mayor, in the race for a seat on the Airway Heights City Council.


Debate rivals assail Warren as she joins Democrats’ top rank

Elizabeth Warren repeatedly came under attack during the Democratic presidential debate as rivals accused the Massachusetts senator of ducking questions about the cost of Medicare for All and her signature wealth tax plan in an attempt to derail her rising campaign.


Spokane’s response to homelessness dominates mayoral, city council president debate Tuesday night

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.


New big contributions smash record for outside spending on Spokane elections

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.


MeToo leader launches new hashtag to mobilize voters

The founder of #MeToo is using the second anniversary of the movement to launch a new effort intended to mobilize voters heading into the 2020 election.


12 Democrats meet for first debate since impeachment inquiry

A dozen Democratic presidential candidates will meet on Tuesday for the most crowded presidential debate in modern history. But it’s the three leading candidates – Biden, Sanders and Warren – who face the most intense spotlight that could expose glaring liabilities in their quest for the White House.


Beggs touts specifics, Wendle collaboration, in race for Spokane City Council president

Breean Beggs has detailed solutions for Spokane’s most pressing issues. But Cindy Wendle asks why, if he’s an effective leader, haven’t they already been implemented?


30-year incumbent faces challenge in race for Spokane Valley Fire Commission

A retired Spokane Valley railroad conductor is challenging a 30-year incumbent for his seat on the Spokane Valley Fire Board of Commissioners.


Incumbent says voters should vote for her opponent for Riverside School Board

There are two names on the ballot to represent district 3 on the Riverside School Board, but only one candidate wants the position. Sandra Huggins, the incumbent director said she is no longer seeking re-election, even though she originally filed for the election. Huggins missed the deadline to have her name removed from the ballot.


Spokane Valley fire commissioner candidates clash over communication, fire commissioner leadership

Candidate for the Spokane Valley Fire Commission Bradley Mertens said he hopes to improve communication and work with unions, while incumbent Patrick Burch said a fire commissioner’s first responsibility is to taxpayers, not unions.


MacFarlane emphasizes security, Slagle diversity in race for Spokane Public Schools board

Kelli MacFarlane says all schools, including elementaries, in the Spokane Public Schools should have an armed security officer. Her opponent, Jenny Slagle, believes security can be improved in different ways.


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.


Georgen, Morrison differ on funding, security strategies in race for Spokane school board spot

As the election filing deadline approached last spring, it would have been easy for Erin Georgen and Kevin Morrison to take a pass on running for a spot on the Spokane Public Schools board.


‘Tent cities’ concept sparks debate between Woodward, Stuckart

“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.”


Dems, Muslims rip Trump attack on Somalis; rue GOP silence

Minnesota Democrats, Muslims and other groups condemned President Donald Trump on Friday for criticizing the state for welcoming so many Somali refugees, and they called out Republican leaders for failing to criticize his statements.


Lockwood, Treloar compete for seat on Spokane Public Schools board

For Nikki Lockwood and Katey Treloar, a passion for education began long before either of them decided to run for the Spokane Public Schools board.


Candidates seek to prevent wildfires, lower insurance costs in Spokane County Fire District 4

A college math instructor hopes to bring new perspective to the commission leading Spokane County Fire District 4. To do so, he would have to defeat the commission’s chairman who has many years of experience in public safety. Incumbent Roger Krieger said Fire District 4 has hired a consultant to review hazardous areas where fires could get out of hand and develop concepts to reduce overgrown brush and offer private citizens ways to protect their homes.


Nine Mile Falls School Board race pits police major versus retired teacher

Eric Olsen, 50, a major for the Spokane Police Department, is running on a school safety platform. Mary McAdam, 64, who taught in the district for nearly 40 years before retiring two years ago, said her focus would be on a free and reduced breakfast program.


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