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East Valley School Board candidate supports laptop initiative that incumbent opposed

Of the several differences between the two candidates for the East Valley School Board, district 4, the most apparent is age. Incumbent school board member Fred Helms is 77 years …


Challenger in Whitworth Water District race says commission running well

A biology professor looks to bring her water quality knowledge to the Whitworth Water District Commission, position 1, as she runs against an incumbent who wants to localize decisions on …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 11:04 p.m.

Beggs’ defense of controversial magazine case in 1990s draws criticism from political foes

Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs was part of a legal defense team that earned a $1.3 million judgment against a Whatcom County prosecutor targeting a bookstore for its sale of …


Incumbent Medical Lake councilwoman stands by sheriff’s contract; challenger open to forming police department

The two candidates for position 2 on the Medical Lake City Council agree the city’s fire department needs paid staff, but they disagree on how to provide law enforcement to …


Medical Lake City Council candidates disagree on creating police department

Theodore Olson and Gary Plumlee are running for Medical Lake City Council, Position 5.


Medical Lake candidates say more study is needed before changing course on law enforcement

Both candidates for position 4 on the Medical Lake City Council say more study is needed before abandoning the city’s partnership with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Don Kennedy, a …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 11:25 p.m.

Council candidate Howes offers free pizza for controversial campaign mailer

The northwest Spokane pizzeria owner said he’s trying to put a positive spin on a campaign ad he called “slanderous and uncalled-for.”


Whitworth Water commission candidates anticipate increased demand

Both candidates for a vacant Whitworth Water District Commission seat tout their backgrounds in construction and utilities as evidence they can serve a district entering a period of increased demand …


Spin Control: Some answers to questions about those advisory votes on the ballot

Three advisory measures sit atop the ballot for Washington voters.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 11:11 p.m.

Accusations of mudslinging, bullying in contentious Spokane Valley City Council race

The race for Spokane Valley City Council Position 2 is heating up, and so is the rhetoric between its two candidates.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 30, 2017, 7:08 a.m.

Contenders in Spokane Valley Fire Commission race focus on finances

For Spokane Valley Fire Board Commissioner Patrick Burch and challenger Stan Chalich, serving the community and ensuring the fire department’s financial longevity is a common goal. Burch, 54, was appointed …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 8:19 p.m.

Small donation to Spokane school board campaign appears to violate federal tax law

A small donation made to a Spokane Public Schools board candidate appears to violate federal tax law.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 30, 2017, 5:26 p.m.

Two longtime Spokane Valley firefighters compete for Valley fire commission seat

Spokane County Fire District Board Commissioner William A. “Bill” Anderson and challenger Larry T. Rider have at least one thing in common: more than two decades of firefighting experience. Anderson …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 7:49 a.m.

In Spokane School Board race, it’s the hot-button issues that divide the candidates

Whoever becomes Spokane Public Schools newest board member will inherit a slough of thorny and difficult questions. And while both candidates running for that honor have similar goals and concerns, …


Medical Lake mayoral candidates differ on re-establishing independent police force

Eight years after Medical Lake decided to disband its independent police department, Mikeal Suniga said it’s time to re-establish it. But his challenger in the race to lead the city, …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 11:29 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Flyer targeting Spokane City Council candidate Matthew Howes was a cheap shot

A flyer that attacked Spokane City Council candidate Matthew Howes for restaurant violations was a slimy and poorly executed effort that fuels our political cynicism.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 4:08 p.m.

Campaign mailer funded largely by firefighters union exaggerates Spokane City Council candidate’s restaurant inspection record

The Spokane Regional Health District said in a statement Monday it did not participate in the creation of political communications charging City Council candidate Matthew Howes with ignoring health code …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017, 6:31 a.m.

Maycumber takes familiar path to Northeast Washington House seat as Swanson hopes to unseat her

Republican Jacquelin Maycumber moved from legislative assistant to legislator when northeast Washington’s House seat opened up this year. To keep the job, she’ll have to beat Democrat Susan Swanson, who …


Mumm, Howes take opposing sides in North Monroe debate in battle for Spokane City Council seat

Incumbent Candace Mumm is facing off against political newcomer Matthew Howes for the northwest Spokane seat. The district’s major political issue this fall has been a controversial lane reduction project …


Short faces her first Democratic challenger in Hardy in 7th District race

After moving from the House to the Senate this year to fill an open seat, Republican Shelly Short faces her first Democratic challenger in Karen Hardy.


Sue Lani Madsen: Spokane City Council’s focus on national issues takes away from its attention to local problems

There is a national progressive movement using municipal legislation to drive state and federal policy through the courts. Does Spokane want an increasingly political City Council, or one that focuses …


Experience or fresh perspective? Candidates square off in Spokane Valley City Council race

Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Pamela Haley says her competition in November’s election needs to learn more about city government.


Municipal Court judge challenger forges ahead despite DUI arrest

Adam Papini knows he’s probably not going to win, but that doesn’t bother him. What does, he said, is how his colleagues, friends and confidants assumed that when he was …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 11:38 a.m.

Riverside candidates’ wish lists overlap

Scott Ellsworth was a student in the Riverside School District for 13 years, and now he wants to help improve it, which is why he said he is running for …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 11:56 a.m.

Millwood mayor candidates divided on police operations

A candidate running for Millwood mayor says it may be time for the town to consider forming its own police department. Jay Molitor, who is challenging incumbent Kevin Freeman, argues …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 11:15 p.m.

Cheney City Council candidates disagree on seriousness of city’s water problems

Two candidates in a race for Cheney City Council disagree on what the city should be doing about water issues.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 12:01 p.m.

Spokane council and school board candidates talk issues during forum with three weeks left until election

Spokane city council and school board candidates mingled with voters, disagreed thoughtfully and learned a few things about the city they hope to represent at a candidate forum Tuesday evening.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 9:32 p.m.

Spokane City Council, school board candidates will debate issues at Spokesman-Review’s Pints and Politics

Candidates competing for Spokane City Council and Spokane School Board seats will participate in a casual candidates forum Tuesday evening. The Spokesman-Review is hosting Pints and Politics at Overbluff Cellars …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 4:34 p.m.

Oil, coal train fines in Spokane go to voters with legal path unclear

On the question of whether Spokane can – or should – fine the owners of rail cars transporting certain crude oil and coal through downtown, both sides say they’re on …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 4:35 p.m.

Supporters of coal, oil train fine initiative accused of violating Washington campaign finance laws

The group Safer Spokane has been hit with a complaint alleging yearlong violations of the state’s campaign finance disclosure laws for failing to file fiscal reports as required by law. …