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Republican Rep. Helen Chenoweth raised more than a quarter-million dollars during the final half of 1997 to open a campaign in the black for the first time in her congressional career. The campaign finance disclosure report filed with the secretary of state Friday showed the two-term conservative raised $265,000 last summer and fall to leave her with a cash balance of nearly $110,000 and third-party debts of just $7,500.
A state agency on Tuesday fined Gov. Gary Locke's political committee a maximum $2,500 after the committee admitted breaking campaign finance laws during two out-of-state fund-raisers last year. "I just don't think we can appear to be soft on somebody" just because he is the governor, state Public Disclosure Commission member Jim Whiteside said before the panel unanimously approved his motion to impose the fine.
Steve Judy outspent incumbent Al Hassell nearly 9-to-1 to earn his 67-vote victory in the Coeur d'Alene mayor's race in November. With his expenditures of $13,930, Judy spent more than any other mayoral candidate in the city's history, according to final campaign finance reports filed at City Hall. Ray Stone had set the previous record, $13,017, in the 1993 mayoral race.
Unions and developers were the big spenders in Spokane's municipal elections this year. But development interests generally did a better job of backing winners, an analysis of campaign giving and spending shows. While candidates raised and spent less than in past years trying to win the city's top elective post, independent campaigns helped boost spending on the mayor's race to a new plateau.
Steve Judy defeated Al Hassell by 67 votes after outspending the mayor 13-to-1. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review
1. Jack Geraghty 2. John Talbott 3. Barbara Lampert 4. Cherie Rodgers 5. Judith Gilmore 6. Rob Higgins 7. Phyllis Holmes 8. Steve Thompson
Personal: Age 41 ... born in Bakersfield, Calif. ... moved to Spokane in 1990 ... manager, RCW Sound and Communications ... formerly worked for B & C Telephone ... central committee member and officer, Spokane Chapter of the Reform Party of Washington state ... producer of 30-minute shows about various public issues, aired on community access channel 25 ... married with one daughter. Education: Advanced courses offered by computer and telecommunications manufacturers ... San Juan High School, Sacramento, Calif. Finances: Doesn't plan to raise more than $2,000. So far, has only $505. Campaign manager: Managing own campaign. Favorite music: Rock, from classic to "some of the new stuff." Likes Bob Dylan, U2 and Van Morrison. Pets: Two bullfrogs and some goldfish in a front-yard pond. Favorite TV show: "Follow the Money," a PBS series on campaign finance reform. Car used most: A midnight blue 1988 Dodge Daytona. Riskiest thing done in last year: Celebrating his 15th wedding anniversary two days late because he was busy campaigning. Favorite books: "America: What Went Wrong?" "Not for Sale at Any Price," "United We Stand" and "The Dictionary of American Quotations."
(From For the Record, November 6, 1997:) Donations: Members of Concerned Businesses of North Idaho donated money to Steve Judy's campaign for mayor of Coeur d'Alene and endorsed him for the office. A story in Tuesday's newspaper incorrectly implied the organization itself donated to the campaign.
With only four days left before the general election, Spokane Mayor Jack Geraghty has raised about $25,000 more than challenger John Talbott. But when the campaign by a Seattle-based political action committee is thrown in, the scales tip the other way.
Personal: Age 58 ... raised in Spokane and returned here in 1978 ... insurance agent and planner for Principal Mutual Life Insurance Co. ... former junior high school teacher, Simi Valley Unified School District in California ... member, Spokane Regional Health District Board ... member, Spokane Regional Transportation Council ... member, Growth Management Steering Committee ... married with two grown daughters. Elected to the City Council in 1993. Education: Bachelor of arts in history from Whitworth College ... certifications in insurance underwriting and financial consulting ... graduated from North Central High School. Finances: Raised a total of $10,661 as of Thursday, including $1,000 from Spokane Firefighters Local 29.
Personal: 53 years old, raised in Pueblo, Colo. ... moved to Spokane in 1974 ... associate director, Fulcrum Institute Dispute Resolution Clinic ... worked four years as Eastern Washington representative for Gov. Mike Lowry ... Eastern Washington coordinator, National Abortion Rights Action League ... co-chair, Spokane Community Partners ... YWCA volunteer ... former member, housing advisory and appeals board ... married with three children. Education: Graduated from East High School, Pueblo, Colo. ... completed numerous workshops and seminars on topics such as government ethics and mediation. Finances: Has raised $15,215 as of Thursday, including $2,000 from Washington State Council of County and City Employees and $1,000 from the Spokane Fire Fighters' Union.
Personal: Age 49 ... raised in Spokane ... executive vice president, Spokane Association of Realtors ... former real estate agent, Coldwell Banker Feldman Person ... served four years in U.S. Army ... board member, Citizens League of Greater Spokane ... member, Spokane Homeownership Partners ... member, Spokane Horizons ... served on Spokane City Council 1982-89 ... ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 1989 ... married with three grown children. Education: Master's degree in political science, Texas A&M; University ... bachelor's degree in political science, Eastern Washington University ... graduated from Gonzaga Prep. Finances: Raised a total of $17,327 as of Tuesday, including $1,000 each from the Spokane Home Builders Association and Real Estate Traders Club of Spokane, $2,000 from Build East.
Robert Higgins rocks in his chair. It's a calm rock, as steady as a metronome at times. Candidate Higgins has another habit: Before speaking he gives the lapels of his jacket an authoritative tug. They're habits of a Spokane City Council Position 2 candidate who says he's "not running on a mission to try to change something." He's a man friends don't hesitate to describe as "practical" and "common sense."
Personal: Age 48 ... raised in Hot Springs, Mont., moved to Spokane in 1986 ... homemaker and neighborhood activist ... former member Indian Trail Neighborhood Design Plan committee, city Plan Commission ... Member of Blackfeet Indian Tribe and Blockwatch ... Appointed to City Council last February .. Widowed, two daughters, one son, one foster son ... Spokane County campaign coordinator for Gov. Gary Locke, 1996. Education: Two years at University of Montana. Finances: As of Oct. 9, raised $6,271, including $1,000 from Tombari Enterprises, and $500 each from Sheila Bong, David Bong, John Stone, Washington Water Power Co. and Spokane Home Builders PAC.
A Seattle developer is spending heavily on the Spokane mayor's race, dwarfing any single contribution the candidates have collected for their own campaigns. David Sabey, owner of NorthTown Mall, has contributed more than $30,000 to try to defeat Mayor Jack Geraghty in an effort that is separate from the campaign of challenger John Talbott. Sabey's campaign, mounted by the Seattle-based Citizens Action Coalition, is the biggest of several independent efforts trying to sway voters this fall. The coalition has placed radio ads on several Spokane stations and recently mailed voters an 8-1/2-by-5-1/2-inch card blasting Geraghty for "poor planning and misplaced priorities."
Barbara Lampert. Photo by Torsten Kjellstrand/The Spokesman-Review
1. Hassell 2. Judy
Cherie Rodgers. Photo by Torsten Kjellstrand/The Spokesman-Review
Personal: Age 51 ... Raised in several Washington and Midwest towns, lived in Spokane from age 8 through high school. Returned to Spokane from Louisville, Ky., in 1978 ... unemployed, former nursing assistant and insurance claims examiner .. led unsuccessful recall of coroner Dexter Amend ... unsuccessful candidate for freeholder and Legislature; sought appointment to City Council and county treasurer ... active in the Democratic Party ... steering committee member for Running Proud, which encourages gay men and women to run for office ... former board member: League of Women Voters, New Horizon Care Centers ... single, no children. Education: Bachelor's degree in economics, University of Washington; nursing home training through Unicare. Finances: Will not raise more than $2,000.
State campaign regulators on Tuesday announced plans to charge a lobbying group for builders with numerous violations of campaign disclosure laws but they dismissed the most serious allegation. The mixed decision by Public Disclosure Commission investigators enabled each of two politically powerful groups - the Washington State Labor Council and the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) - to claim a partial victory against the other.