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Nadine Woodward campaigned on change, but her victory was about cementing status quo

After declaring victory on election night, mayor-elect Nadine Woodward pledged to “represent the change that voters wanted.” But her success could just as easily be said to illustrate the change …


Shane Brickner defeats Steve Peterson to become Liberty Lake’s third mayor

Peterson has served as mayor for all but four years of the city’s existence. Brickner, 44, will take office in January and said his goal is to craft more comprehensive …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Races for Spokane council, council president narrow

The gap between candidates for Spokane City Council president was cut by more than half after additional ballots were counted on Thursday, indicating the race will go down to the …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Tight Spokane races stay that way after more votes are counted, remain too close to call

County elections officials offered an updated tally of the votes on Wednesday that was good news for those held a lead after the initial results rolled in on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Shawn Vestal: Stuckart explains decision to quickly concede mayor’s race as observers left stunned

“I’ve had people asking me, ‘Why did you concede?’ ” Stuckart said. “Because it’s mathematically impossible for me to win. Barring a miracle, I lost.” Still, the decision took a …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

Challenger Shane Brickner leading incumbent Liberty Lake Mayor Steve Peterson

City Councilman Shane Brickner held a 207-vote lead on Steve Peterson, who’s held the office of Liberty Lake mayor for all but four years of the city’s existence, after votes …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Woodward claims victory in race for mayor

Nadine Woodward, a former TV anchor in her first run for public office, claimed victory Tuesday night in the race for Spokane mayor.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

Mayor David Condon releases 2020 budget, notes ongoing questions for successor

The $1.1 billion spending plan for 2020 is a good bedrock for whomever takes the office next year, Condon said Friday. But there are still several outstanding costs, including outfitting …


Tangled relationship between Spokane firefighters, Stuckart continues in mayor’s race

If $118,000 says anything, it’s that the firefighters of Spokane have a stake in this year’s municipal elections, particularly in the mayor’s race.


Stuckart vows to stick to facts, principles that have guided his City Hall career if elected Spokane mayor

As Ben Stuckart faces November’s vote, he contends with a well-documented, eight-year record at City Hall. But he also offers a deep, hands-on background in local government in politics. Stuckart …


Woodward aims to use trust amassed over broadcast career to bring about change if elected Spokane mayor

Nadine Woodward has been hesitant to bring her political views into the nonpartisan race, declining to seek the endorsement of either political party. Instead, she’s argued that the election is …


Lone mayoral candidate drops out in Harrison, following resignation of former mayor

Wanda Irish, who served two four-year terms as mayor of the small resort town of roughly 200 people, withdrew her name from the mayor’s race last month. That leaves only …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019

Mayor of Harrison, Idaho, resigns, citing fears for family’s safety and disagreement over development

Kayleen Walker, who’s served as mayor of the small vacation town of roughly 200 people since 2017, resigned Aug. 6 after vandalism of her home near downtown. Walker said she …


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019

Spokane mayor, council candidates debate homelessness, downtown crime

All five candidates for mayor shared a stage for the first time Tuesday, disagreeing on homelessness, affordable housing and how to improve safety downtown.


Opposition win in Istanbul a blow to Turkey’s Erdogan

The opposition candidate for mayor of Istanbul has celebrated a landmark win in a repeat election that ended weeks of political tension and broke the long hold President Recep Tayyip …


UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019

Spokane mayoral candidates draw clear ideological lines in first forum on climate change, criminal justice

At a forum Thursday night downtown, four of the five candidates vying for mayor were confronted with multiple questions on the environment, the future of the criminal justice system in …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019

Spokane Public School students to get free bus passes this summer

Spokane Public School students will soon have a way to use many of the city’s free services, regardless of what neighborhood they live in after the Spokane City Council approved …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019

Condon has issued more vetoes than the four previous Spokane mayors combined

Mayor David Condon’s veto of an ordinance to keep city hall open to the public will be one of a handful of instances the mayor objected to a council proposal, …


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019

Andy Rathbun drops out of mayor’s race to run for Spokane City Council, but there are still 8 people running for mayor

One of the most vocal critics of his opponents, Andy Rathbun, has withdrawn from the mayor’s race to run for City Council, saying he may not have the name recognition …


Spokane firefighter and mayor candidate reprimanded for engaging in campaign activities while on duty

Spokane firefighter and mayoral candidate Shawn Poole was reprimanded by the city last fall for using images of city property in campaign materials, posting information he learned through his work …


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019

Collective bargaining transparency, income tax ban sought by pro-business group at Spokane City Council

The Spokane City Council on Monday will hear two initiatives submitted by Better Spokane, a fiscally conservative group that supports business-friendly political candidates. One would prevent the city from enacting …


Former Spokane Mayor Ron Bair blazed trail from KXLY to City Hall in 1977

The popular Spokane newsman parlayed a 13-year stint at the local ABC affiliate into a successful bid for Spokane mayor, where he oversaw city operations moving into the old Montgomery …


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019

Lori Lightfoot elected as Chicago’s 1st black, female mayor

Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot easily won the Chicago mayor’s race Tuesday, earning support from every part of the city to defeat a longtime political insider and become the first …


Headless goat left outside home of central Washington mayor

The mayor of the central Washington state town of Wapato says someone left a decapitated goat in front of her home last month in an escalating bid to intimidate her.


UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019

Former TV news anchor Nadine Woodward considering run for Spokane mayor

Just a week after retiring from KXLY, longtime anchor Nadine Woodward said she may run for Spokane mayor.


Boise-area mayor arrested on domestic battery charge

The mayor of Middleton, Idaho, is reportedly in jail under arrest on a charge of domestic battery. No bail was set and he will remain in custody until he is …


Lapwai mayor dies in crash near casino

The mayor of Lapwai was the victim of a fatal crash that occurred near the south entrance of the Clearwater River Casino & Lodge Monday afternoon.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018

Republic, Washington, considers becoming a ‘sanctuary city’ to protect gun rights

The City Council of Republic, Washington is mulling legislation to countermand from state and national laws that limit Second Amendment gun rights, including the recently passed Initiative 1639.


Trainee kills Utah mayor, guard member in Afghanistan

A Utah mayor who was also a Utah Army National Guard major training commandos in Afghanistan was fatally shot by one of his Afghan trainees, officials said Sunday.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018

Chance the Rapper is not running for mayor of Chicago, but here’s whom he wants you to vote for

Chance the Rapper isn’t going to be Chance the Mayor anytime soon. The Chicago native set off a round of speculation Monday with a tweet that stoked long-circulating rumors that …