Mayor Nadine Woodward sworn in: ‘Let’s get to work’

Nadine Woodward sworn in as mayor
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Nadine Woodward is sworn in as Spokane's 45th mayor

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Posted by 4 News Now on Monday, December 30, 2019

 

SPOKANE, Wash. — Under the lights of Spokane’s newly-renovated U.S. Pavilion, Nadine Woodward placed her hand on a Bible and swore to uphold the Washington Constitution and the Spokane City Charter and became the Lilac City’s 45th mayor.

Woodward officially takes the office from David Condon, who served as mayor for the last eight years.

The former television news anchor, who has never served in or ran for public office, narrowly defeated then-Council President Ben Stuckart in November’s election.

Throughout her campaign, Woodward focused on business growth, public safety and what she portrayed as an increasingly-dangerous downtown Spokane.

In her inauguration speech Monday, Woodward focused on the same issues that helped get her elected.

“I believe that if we work together, we will continue to build on our economic prosperity make our neighborhoods and downtown core safer and more comfortable for everyone, and develop and implement real solutions for the issues we face every day,” Mayor Woodward said. “And there are serious challenges that need to be addressed.”

Mayor Woodward said her administration will provide a path to self-sufficiency for the city’s most vulnerable population, but stressed it would be “a hand up, not a handout.”

She also talked about an immediate goal, already in motion by the city council, to reestablish a Spokane Police precinct in the downtown core.

Mayor Woodward, who owns a small video production business with her husband, also emphasized the need for the city to work to support business.

“Spokane needs great paying jobs and upward opportunity to continue building a vibrant, diversified local economy,” she said.

She vowed to bring the city together and to establish a strong working relationship with the city council.

“We are all citizens of Spokane,” Mayor Woodward said. “While our backgrounds may be varied, we live in this beautiful city together… When we work together, we will continue to make our city stronger.”

Introduced by her former co-anchor Charles Rowe, Woodward was emotional at the end of her speech, when she thanked God and her family for helping her achieve this office. She also thanked the people of Spokane.

“Let’s get to work,” she said, ending her speech and beginning her four-year term as mayor.