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Steve Corker

Personal: 64, engaged, two grown children.

Education: James Madison High School, Portland; political science degree, Stanford University.

Professional/job history: Adjunct professor Gonzaga, vice president Futurepast Inc., international consulting company; former owner of an advertising and public relations firm.

Political experience: City councilman, 2000-2003; candidate for mayor and council president, state Senate.

Key issues: Experience leadership on the budget, increasing city revenues through economic development, restoring police and fire cuts, increased regional cooperation.

Money: Raised $1,520, spent $1,514 as of Sept. 1.

Quote: “We don’t have a lot of experience in the City Council, there’s a crisis in the mayor’s office and I can hit the deck running. I’m not going to have to go through a learning curve.”

Person who influenced you the most: My father, William Corker, the kindest and most compassionate man I ever knew.

Favorite president: Harry Truman, for his integrity, courage and ability to exceed expectations.

First priority if elected: Dealing with the budget crisis, covering the basic services while being fiscally responsible.

Daniel Day

Personal: 48, married, two children.

Education: Napa, Calif., high school. Associates degree Spokane Community College.

Professional/job history: Designer for local mechanical engineering firm; after six years in the Navy, worked at everything from janitor to bicycle repair and salesman to designer.

Political experience: First run for office.

Key issues: City government has gotten out of hand and citizens need to step forward; a budget crisis every year isn’t really a budget crisis, it’s the city going after the taxpayers.

Money: Low-budget campaign with minimum reporting

Quote: “No government has ever taxed itself into prosperity.”

Person who influenced you the most: My late father, Robert Day, he taught me to be fairly obstinate and straightforward.

Favorite president: Andrew Jackson, he knew what was going on and he learned from his mistakes.

First priority if elected: Implement an open-book government on the Web site, so it can reward citizens for finding ways to cut waste out of the budget.

Judith Gilmore

Personal: 61, married, two adult children.

Education: Graduated from high school in Pueblo, Colo.

Professional/job history: Consultant on research and community issues; formerly community relations manager for Metropolitan Mortgage nonprofit Care Program, Eastern Washington representative for Gov. Mike Lowry.

Political experience: Ran for City Council in 1997 and 1999

Key issues: Budget, growth and development to make sure neighborhoods don’t lose their voice; create a climate for jobs.

Money: has raised $23,405, spent $16,450 as of Aug. 29

Quote: “A voice for our neighborhoods, a vision for our city.”

Person who influenced you the most: My late father, Warren Tarzan Wilcutt, a blue-collar worker who would be thrilled if he knew what I was doing.

Favorite president: John Kennedy, the first president I could vote for, who inspired young people.

First priority if elected: Put everything on the table that must be looked at to get our city finances in order.

Barbara Lampert

Personal: 59, single, no children.

Education: Graduate North Central High School, bachelor economics, University of Washington.

Professional/job history: Retired, former nursing assistant, claims examiner, typist, waitress, clerk and machine operator.

Political experience: Democratic precinct committee officer; has run for city, county and state offices.

Key issues: Citizenship benefits, quality of life, transportation.

Money: Low-budget campaign with minimum reporting.

Quote: “Somebody who can handle their campaign with a low budget should be able to handle the city.”

Person who influenced you the most: My father, George Lampert.

Favorite president: Harry Truman, because he integrated the armed services.

First priority if elected: Get 100 more uniformed officers on the street enforcing the laws equally for everyone, to improve the quality of life for everyone.

Nancy McLaughlin

Personal: 47, married, three children.

Education: Nampa, Idaho, High School, attended Boise State College.

Professional/job history: Co-owner D-Mac Construction; formerly in sales at Bath & Body Works, word processor at Farm Credit Bank.

Political experience: Republican precinct committee officer.

Key issues: Jobs, accountability, crime prevention, safe neighborhoods for children.

Money: Raised $15,078, spent $11,560 as of 9/1.

Quote: “I’ll be a fresh voice serving the community with common sense leadership.”

Person who influenced you the most: My husband, Dave McLaughlin, who has made me more compassionate and a better listener.

Favorite president: Ronald Reagan, for his strong collaborative leadership skills.

First priority if elected: Work on growing the tax base so people don’t feel like they are being overtaxed.

Joyce McNamee

Personal: 63, married, two grown children.

Education: Corpus Christi, Texas, high school; attended University of Denver, Spokane community colleges.

Professional/job history: Retired; worked in health care field, in medical, dental and hospital offices, sold real estate and data processing equipment, owned data entry business.

Political experience: First run for public office.

Key issues: Public safety, economic development

Money: Raised $6,685, spent $4,955 as of 8/30.

Quote: “I’m a candidate for the people because I’m a listener who’s always listened to both sides of the issue.”

Person who influenced you the most: My father, Charles Droll, who inspired me to be anything I would strive hard enough to be.

Favorite president: Dwight Eisenhower, because he was disciplined and a mediator.

First priority if elected: Finding out what makes things tick, and providing transparency in government.

Keith Springer

Personal: 69, separated, two adult children.

Education: North Central High School; B. Ed., Eastern Washington University; Air Force pilot training.

Professional/job history: Retired airline pilot; former math teacher at Shaw Junior and Audubon Elementary.

Political experience: First run for elective office.

Key issues: Fiscal responsibility, doing a better job with drug violators, being competent on the budget and tough on spending.

Money: Low-budget campaign with minimum reporting.

Quote: “We have to manage our resources more efficiently. I have a broad spectrum of life experiences.”

Person who influenced you the most: Mayor Jim West, when he proposed selling Albi Stadium

Favorite president: Dwight Eisenhower, who proposed the interstate highway system.

First priority if elected: Maintain and improve on the quality of life available here in Spokane.

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