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Recount reaffirms Ahern's loss in city council race

Recount reaffirms Ahern's loss in city council race

A surprise recount for a Spokane City Council seat has turned up the same result.

In November former Republican state representative John Ahern lost his attempt to unseat incumbent Jon Snyder by about 5,700 votes.

Ahern requested a recount for one precinct of four, which accounts for about 1,600 votes, although he lost by more than three times that number.

On Monday, Spokane County Auditor Vicki Dalton said a hand recount was conducted for that precinct and the outcome was the same and Snyder will keep his city council seat.

Coincidentally, it was following a hand recount back in 2011 that it was confirmed that John Driscoll unseated Ahern from his seat in the 6th Legislative District by a slim margin.

Patty Murray remembers JFK

Patty Murray remembers JFK

Senator Patty Murray released the following statement on the 50th anniversary of the President John F. Kennedy's death:

Like so many Americans I still vividly remember November 22nd, 1963. As an 8th grader in my small hometown of Bothell, Washington I still remember playing in our school’s marching band in front of a local elementary school when someone came in and whispered in the ear of our band director. He immediately stopped the song we were playing, asked us to pull out the music to God Bless America, and we began to play. Then there was an announcement that the President had been shot. It was stunning.

I also remember going home and seeing my mom do two things that she never did, watch TV all day and cry. For me, it was the day the world got bigger than the small town I lived in. And from that day on, the Kennedy legacy of service was talked about often in my house. Those conversations helped instill in all of my brothers and sisters the knowledge that we have to be part of the bigger world beyond our own home and that we should work where we could to make our school, our community, and the world a better place.

Low voter turnout decides council races, ballot meaures

Low voter turnout decides council races, ballot meaures

On Tuesday night, a low percentage of voters turned out to send a new face to Spokane City Council and were deciding who would be the new mayors for both Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls.

With 75-percent of ballots counted in Spokane County, the results for Spokane's three city council seats are in and Candace Mumm will be the new face in council chambers.

Voters Tuesday resoundingly decided to give Jon Snyder a second term in office; Snyder the incumbent soundly trounced former state legislator John Ahern, 64 percent to 36 percent for Council District 2, Position 2.

"I think that we're going to get the police and firefighters staffing back up with this new budget," Snyder said at his victory party at the Public Market. "I'm really happy that the mayor's budget has done a 180 from last year and we're restoring those cuts."

Councilman Snyder to host mobile office on Friday

Councilman Snyder to host mobile office on Friday

Spokane City Council Member Jon Snyder will host his third mobile office event this year on Friday afternoon. Mobile events allow the public to meet directly with council members to ask questions and discuss city policy in a more casual setting.

 

Snyder hosted his last mobile office event in June at The Scoop. Friday's event will be at EJ's Garden Bistro located in Browne's Addition. Councilman Snyder is currently up for re-election in District 2, which includes the South Hill, Browne's Addition, Peaceful Valley, the Downtown Core area and parts of the East Central neighborhood.

 

Jon Snyder Mobile Office

Jerry of Ben & Jerry's makes a visit to Spokane

Jerry of Ben & Jerry's makes a visit to Spokane

One of the men who gave us the gift of ice cream flavors Chunky Monkey, Cherry Garcia, and Phish Food will be in Spokane on Monday. Jerry Greenfield, the Jerry of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, will be visiting River Park square with his Scoop Truck.

 

Greenfield is traveling around Washington to share his support of I-522, which would require mandatory labeling of foods made with GMOs. The man behind the fun ice cream will be talking to customers about why he supports the initiative while handing out coupons for some of his famous flavors.

 

Jerry Greenfield at River Park Square

  • Monday, September 9th, 3:30pm – 5pm
  • 1st level atrium and 3rd level Ben & Jerry's  

Waldref will host next Council Connection

Waldref will host next Council Connection

From the City of Spokane:

The next edition of “Council Connection,” the cable television program featuring Spokane City Council members as hosts, will be shown live, Thursday, September 5, at 6 p.m. on CityCable 5. Council Member Amber Waldref, District 1, will host the program titled “Supporting New Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization in Spokane.”

The show will feature guests including: Kendall Yards Developer Jason Wheaton and Community Frameworks representative Chris Venn.

“Affordable, diverse and well-maintained housing is vital to the neighborhood vitality and financial sustainability of Spokane,” Waldref explains. “The City needs to encourage a variety of housing types and make it easier to develop quality projects in our targeted centers and corridors.”

Council Member Waldref will accept calls from viewers during the program; the phone number to reach the show is 625-6337.

McMorris-Rodgers to host Town Hall Meeting

McMorris-Rodgers to host Town Hall Meeting

U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers will host her annual Town Hall Meeting in Spokane on Wednesday, August 21st at the Lincoln Center.

 

The forum will allow 5th Congressional District Residents to ask questions and hear responses from McMorris-Rodgers regarding legislative and economic issues in Eastern Washington. The Congresswoman has also invited residents who can't attend the event to ask questions via her Facebook page.

 

McMorris-Rodgers Town Hall Meeting

  • Wednesday, August 21st, 6pm
  • The Lincoln Center
  • 1316 N. Lincoln St. Spokane, WA