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Editorial: Choose new leaders for Spokane mayor and council president

Spokane will have a new mayor and council president after the November election, but there’s new and then there’s new. Two candidates are seeking promotions from their current elected offices. The status quo has left Spokane stalled on too many critical issues. We therefore recommend newcomers Nadine Woodward for mayor and Cindy Wendle for council president over those office climbers. They will bring much-needed balance to city leadership. The majority of the current council receives heavy backing from public employee and other unions. That has tied leaders’ hands when it comes time to make tough decisions about personnel and organizational structure. Spokane has seen that play out when it comes to everything from homelessness to the controversy over a combined dispatch center.

Spokane City Council agrees to pursue legal action against manufacturers of opioid painkillers

Lawmakers asked the city’s legal team last year to explore litigation against the makers of OxyContin and other prescription painkillers, cited as the major source of the country’s opioid crisis. The contract with a Seattle law firm to pursue legal action follows a request by the City Council for city attorneys to take another look at joining in the wake of one of the manufacturers announcing a multibillion dollar settlement.

City Council debate: Kinnear vs. Kiepe

At the Oct. 3 Pints and Politics debate, Lori Kinnear and Tony Kiepe debated city issues related to their race for the District 2 seat on the Spokane City Council.

Spokane City Council: Rathbun vs. Stratton

At the Northwest Passages Pints and Politics debate between Spokane School Board and City Council candidates, incumbent Karen Stratton and Andy Rathbun debate the issues as they seek the District 3 seat on the City Council. Debate was October 3, 2019 and held at OverBluff Cellars' tasting room at the Washington Cracker Building in Spokane.

City Council debate: Benn vs. Cathcart

At the Oct. 3 Pints and Politics debate, Tim Benn and Michael Cathcart debated city issues related to their race for the District 1 seat on the Spokane City Council.