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Spokane City Council races cost candidates, supporters more than $400,000 in 2017

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.

Fundraising, outside spending reach historic highs in Spokane City Council races

For the first time in at least a decade, spending by outside groups in this year’s City Council races reached all corners of the city. Through Friday, more than $372,000 had been raised for the three of the contests that will be decided next week, with 1 in 4 of those dollars coming from a group working independently of the candidates.

Oil trains at forefront of Spokane City Council race between Breean Beggs and Andy Dunau

Breean Beggs squares off against Andy Dunau in a contest for one of the most liberal-leaning areas of town. Dunau casts himself as a centrist, and says Beggs’ support of a rail initiative fining coal and oil trains is evidence the council doesn’t reflect the values of the city. Beggs says he’s concerned about safety and has worked to improve relationships at City Hall.

Editorial: Beggs, Dunau should advance in council race

Breann Beggs has achieved important accomplishments, though we worry about his political activism. Andy Dunau, who is supported by former council members Mike Allen and Steve Salvatori, evinces a thoughtful, pragmatic leadership style.

Two start terms on Park Board

The man who led the Spokane Park Board in two years of major changes, big park upgrades and turmoil is leaving his seat this month. Gary Lawton, whose term ends this year, was the Park Board president in 2008 and 2009. In that time, the Park Board pushed park staff to quickly plan, design and build six new swimming pools and other new park infrastructure approved by voters in 2007.

‘Water trail’ would improve Spokane River access

Getting people to experience the Spokane River – whether it’s with hip waders, a kayak, raft or canoe – could help protect wildlife habitat, improve understanding of local history, and increase non-motorized access to the river. That’s the theory of “water trail” proponents, who’ve spent the past year brainstorming ways to raise the 111-mile river’s profile. The trail concept was unveiled at a Tuesday conference sponsored by the Spokane River Forum.