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Spokane Firefighters Local 29 made a $2,000 payment to the group Spokane for Honest Government in February, four months after pledging to no longer have any financial relationship with the committee responsible for dubious campaign mailers in last year’s City Council races. The money was used to pay a fine for a previous campaign violation tied to 2015 city elections.
Breean Beggs remembers the call: a pollster asking questions about Spokane City Council races – including his own. “They said, ‘This is Cambridge Analytica,’ ” Beggs said.
Bob West, father of Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Brandi Peetz, said he wasn’t using his public computer at City Hall to campaign on her behalf against Caleb Collier. He was terminated from a position in the city’s probation services office in what Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and others said was a continuation of a bitter campaign that could alter politics in Spokane Valley.
Final reports filed with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission show November’s contests for three seats on the Spokane City Council cost a total of nearly $420,000, based on the amount spent by the candidates themselves and groups supporting or opposing them. That’s slightly less than the $458,000 that was spent in 2013, but a 10 percent bump over the amount spent two years ago.
Spokane’s newest city councilwoman takes the seat that will be vacated by longtime Councilwoman Amber Waldref, representing Spokane’s northeast district. A gathering of friends, family and local lawmakers observed her ceremonial swearing-in at City Hall on Thursday night.
The results of the 2017 election hold a lesson for Spokane-area candidates to study if they want to maximize their chances in 2018.
Rod Higgins is poised to retain his seat as Spokane Valley mayor against challenger Chris Jackson in a race that’s been close since initial ballots were counted Nov. 7.
It’s been five months since Municipal Court judicial candidate Adam Papini worked as a lawyer. Today, that changed.
Incumbent Rod Higgins increased his lead over challenger Chris Jackson in the Spokane Valley Council Position 1 race.
When Spokane Valley council members Ed Pace, J. Caleb Collier and Mike Munch were ousted from their seats in Tuesday’s election, it sent a message from Spokane Valley voters that they are ready for new leadership.
Let’s not paint the Spokane Valley blue just yet. Maybe just a lighter shade of red. A nice pink, say.
Voters advise lawmakers to repeal the taxes they enacted earlier this year, but Legislature isn’t required to do it.
Voters throughout the Valley pulled support from most incumbents.
Map of vote split in Spokane city precincts shows voters closest to downtown core and its rail line supported Proposition 2, those farthest away strongly opposed.
The races for two Spokane Valley Fire Commission Board seats are too close to call. Stan Chalich, 73, is leading incumbent Patrick Burch with 49.8 percent of the vote for Spokane Valley Fire Commissioner Position 1. Burch was appointed to the fire board of commissioners in 2016.
Some things that could change now that control of the state Senate will switch from Republican to Democrat in this year’s election.
In East Valley School district’s two contested board races incumbents lead, however 18-year-old newcomer is within striking distance
Voters on Tuesday rejected conservatives on the Spokane Valley Council on Tuesday, voting out incumbents Mike Munch, Ed Pace and J. Caleb Collier, and putting a fourth conservative in danger of losing in a race too close to call.
Proposition 2 was failing with only 41 percent of votes cast in favor of the measure, which had been criticized as illegal and potentially embroiling the city in costly legal battles.
Early ballot returns indicate the Spokane City Council will retain its progressive-leaning majority, as voters gave comfortable leads to a slate of candidates endorsed by Ben Stuckart in what became a costly and sometimes bitter campaign in the final few weeks.