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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
In Liberty Lake, some say it’s time for new ideas in city leadership while others say experience is the way to avoid failure.
Big changes are coming to Spokane County Fire District 3, and two fire commissioner candidates plan to navigate those changes in different ways. Incumbent Sharon Colby, who has been a fire commissioner for nearly three decades, hopes to use her knowledge of the district to help manage an expanding service area smoothly.
Voters in Cheney will choose between two experienced candidates when they cast a vote for the City Council’s position 6.
November’s ballot in Cheney will be confusing when voters get to position 7 on Cheney City Council.
Tim Eyman’s latest anti-tax ballot measure is either a Robin Hood-like gesture for the people of Washington or a disastrous gambit that will kill the state’s necessary transportation projects. It just depends who you ask.
The proposal is intended to bring more transparency to talks between City Hall and public employees, including clerical and maintenance workers, firefighters and police. The initiative is sponsored by Better Spokane, a pro-business nonprofit that is headed by City Council candidate Michael Cathcart.
The needs of Spokane’s communities of color took center stage Saturday at the East Central Community Center, where candidates for Spokane City Council and City Council president gathered for a candidate forum hosted by the Spokane Coalition of Color.
Sponsor Michael Cathcart said the measure is intended to make sure the city remains competitive in business recruitment.
Spokane Valley City Council Candidates Bo Tucker and Tim Hattenburg both hope to encourage growth, but disagree on whether the city needs to look at inclusion and diversity in the future.
Wanda Irish, who served two four-year terms as mayor of the small resort town of roughly 200 people, withdrew her name from the mayor’s race last month. That leaves only write-in candidates to head a government that has seen turmoil in the past few years tied to charges of intimidation and a defamation lawsuit tied to a Wi-Fi network name.
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.
A dozen advisory votes are on the November ballot.
‘It’s about The Big One’: Amendment would give state Legislature broad powers in case of catastrophe
Constitutional amendment would expand legislative powers in catastrophic incidents.
Differences exposed as Spokane City Council, school board candidates debate at Northwest Passages forum
Beer flowed cold and questions came in hot as voters got to know Spokane City Council and Spokane school boardcandidates during rapid-fire, 17-minute sessions at the first of two Northwest Passages’ Pints and Politics forums Thursday night.