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Editorial: Here are our choices for ballot due Nov. 6

Below is a summary of The Spokesman-Review’s endorsements for the general election. The full versions of each editorial can be read online. Navigate to and look for “Election Central” on the front page. No endorsements were written in races where candidates were unopposed. Last day to vote is Nov. 6.

We’d like to thank the candidates who gave us their valuable time during this election season. The discussions, as always, were enlightening.


Mitt Romney – R

Need fresh leadership to break gridlock.

U.S. Senate

Maria Cantwell – D

Hard worker who delivers for state.

U.S. Congress – 5th District

Cathy McMorris Rodgers – R

A more effective voice for the region.


Rob McKenna – R

Pragmatic proposals should steady the state.

Lieutenant Governor

Bill Finkbeiner – R

Fresh ideas and approach could improve the legislative process.

Attorney General

Reagan Dunn – R

More varied experience tips the scale.

Lands Commissioner

Peter Goldmark – D

Experienced leadership and expertise.


James Watkins – R

Slight advantage, but in office must tone down partisanship.

Secretary of State

Kim Wyman – R

Impressive endorsements from county auditors in both parties.

Insurance Commissioner

Mike Kreidler – D

More experienced and knowledgeable than his opponent.


Jim McIntire – D

He’s done a solid job; doesn’t face credible opposition.

Supreme Court, Position 9

Sheryl Gordon McCloud

Better temperament and less apt to pre-judge cases.

Legislative District 3, Senate

Andy Billig – D

Hardworking lawmaker with moderate approach.

District 3, Position 1, House

Marcus Riccelli – D

Much better informed; good fit for district.

District 3, Position 2, House

Timm Ormsby – D

Experienced and well-positioned to deliver.

District 4, Position 2, House

Amy Biviano – D

Reasonable; rooted in pragmatism.

District 6, Position 2, House

Dennis Dellwo – D

Prepared to lead. Understands issues.

County Commissioner, District 1

Todd Mielke – R

Hard worker. Better economic vision.

County Commissioner, District 2

Shelley O’Quinn – R

Superior business focus is needed.

Initiative 1185

Yes to supermajorities for tax increases.

Initiative 1240

Yes to allow charter schools.

Initiative 502

Yes to license and regulate small amounts of marijuana and to decriminalize possession.

Referendum 74

Yes to affirm same-sex marriage law.

Resolution 8221

Yes to gradually lowering share of state revenues that can be dedicated to debt service.

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