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Mumm to advance in commission race; McLaughlin trailing Kerns

Republican incumbent Nancy McLaughlin is trailing opponent Josh Kerns in her bid to retain her seat on the Spokane County Commission. Democratic City Councilwoman Candace Mumm will advance to the general election for that seat.

Spokane weighs residency mandate for appointments

Two months after City Council members forced the withdrawal of a controversial nomination to the Spokane Airport Board, they will consider new rules requiring all city board appointees to live within city limits. In late November, Mayor David Condon informed the City Council that he was nominating Hoyt “Larry” Larison, former CEO of Columbia Paints and Coatings, to serve on the Spokane Airport Board.

Mayor David Condon’s Airport Board nominee withdraws

A businessman nominated for a seat on the Spokane Airport Board has withdrawn after questions arose over his $1,800 contribution to Mayor David Condon’s 2015 re-election campaign just a day before applying for the post. Hoyt “Larry” Larison, former CEO of Columbia Paints and Coatings, had been selected for the position by Condon over City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin, who has served on the airport board as the council’s representative for three years and had asked to stay on when she’s forced from office by term limits this month. Larison also has contributed to Condon-backed political action committees.

Spokane City Council District 3: Candace Mumm vs. Michael Cannon

If convincing people to contribute to a political campaign is a sign of future success in government, Candace Mumm will be a hit. Mumm has raised more than $70,000, beating all previous fundraising records of City Council candidates and almost doubling her opponent’s fundraising in the race to replace Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin, who has served the maximum two terms allowable by local rules.

Supermajority margin for tax hikes approved for Spokane

The next time the Spokane City Council considers a tax increase, it will take five of seven votes to pass. Most of the remaining ballots in Tuesday’s special election were counted Wednesday, and support for supermajority Proposition 2 increased, widening a close lead it had after Tuesday’s count.