Below is an earlier version of this report.
Spokane Mayor David Condon had the best primary election night of his elected life tonight in his quest to re-election. He garnered enough votes to have a comfortable finish, taking 66 percent of the vote, a showing that even tops what former Mayor Mary Verner did four years ago. In that primary, Verner took 59 percent of the vote to Condon’s 33 percent. Three months later, though, Condon won by almost 3,000 votes and 5 percent, denying Verner the second term that voters haven’t given an incumbent mayor since 1973. Shar Lichty, Condon’s progressive challenger, came in a distant second with 24 percent and will face Condon in November’s general election. Lichty is a political organizer with the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane who has taken Condon to task for what she describes as favortism to the city’s elite and not going far enough in strenghtening oversight of the city’s Police Department. She recently said Condon is a “danger to public safety” during the recent controversy surrounding the fire department’s Alternative Response Units. Mike Noder, a far right libertarian who raised no money in the campaign, came in third with 9 percent. This was his third mayoral campaign with similar results. In Spokane’s northeast District 1, incumbent Councilman Mike Fagan handily won the most votes, despite controversial comments he’s made over the last year about vaccines and women serving in the military or working as police officers. Like Condon, he didn’t spend the night at a party waiting for results, but at various Night Out Against Crime events, noting that any City Council member who didn’t visit such sites should be “spanked.” Fagan won by 49 percent. But it’s unclear who he will face. Ben Krauss, who has said he had second thoughts about running for the seat, has only one more vote than Randy Ramos, the only candidate who actively campaigned against Fagan. Ramos, who grew up in part on the Colville Reservation and was recruited to run by a progressive friend, voted in an election for the first in April, and is still working to pay off a debt incurred from driving drunk in 2009. Ben Krauss, an analyst with the Spokane Police Department, filed to run against Fagan before suspending most of his campaign due to work. In the other parts of Spokane, the southern District 2 had three candidates running to replace Mike Allen, who is not seeking re-election: LaVerne Biel: 38 percent Lori Kinner: 35 percent John Waite: 27 percent District 3 has incumbent Councilwoman Karen Stratton, who was appointed to the city council after Steve Salvatori quit for work in Texas: Kelly Cruz: 13 percent Karen Stratton: 42 percent Evan Verduin: 32 percent David White: 12 percent
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