Meet your 2019 Spokane mayoral candidates
SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane voters will elect a new mayor in 2019.
The primary election is set for August 6 with the general election following on November 5.
Incumbant David Condon, who has held the position since 2011, is unable to run as he has served two term limits.
Here is a list of candidates who have filed papers announcing their run as of March 20.
Ben Stuckart is the current Spokane City Council President and has held the position for two terms. Stuckart is a Spokane native who graduated from Lewis and Clark High School, as well as Gonzaga University. According to his profile on the city council website, Stuckart started Communities in Schools, a non-profit that provides school supplies and services to Spokane students. He is also the current chair of the city’s Urban Development Committee and serves on the Spokane Airport Board of Directors and the Univeristy Public Development Authority.
Stuckart is running on multiple platforms with a focus on safety, growth and business expansion, transportation and sustainability.
Learn more about Stuckart’s campaign here.
Shawn Poole is a Spokane native who currently serves as a lieutenant with the Spokane Fire Department. Poole graduated from Shadle Park High School and attended the University of Montana, where he studied sociology and criminal justice. Poole joined the army, entered active duty in 1987 and participated in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He also received a Bronze Star Medal. Poole left active duty in 1992 and returned home to start a career with the Spokane Fire Department.
According to Poole’s campaign website, he is running to improve city government, public safety, infrastructure and homelessness.
Learn more about Poole’s campaign here.
Jonathan Bingle is a Spokane native who graduated from Rogers High School and Spokane Falls Community College. He owns his own business, Bingle Enterprises, which he started in 2010. Bingle also served as a pastor at Genesis Church in North Spokane from its founding up until 2017.
Bingle is running on multiple platforms including homelessness, the economy, taxes and crime.
Learn more about Bingle and his hopes for Spokane here.
Kelly Cruz is a Spokane native who has spent his life living in the West Central Neighborhood. He is a neighborhood advocate and four-time chair of the West Central Neighborhood Council. Cruz has also served as a former chair and current board member of West Spokane Wellness Coalition, a volunteer at C.O.P.S West and is the current chair of Spokane C.O.P.S.
Cruz is running to improve public safety, homelessness, housing and youth issues.
Nadine Woodward spent 28 years as a news anchor in Spokane. She worked for several years at KREM 2 News before moving to KXLY in 2010. She signed off the air in February 2019. According to her website, Woodward spent years reporting about Spokane – from change in city government to the revitalization of downtown.
Woodward believes Spokane will solve its issues by working together. According to her site, she hopes to tackle homelessness, jobs, safety, ethics and bullying.
Learn more about Woodward’s campaign here.
Andy Rathbun dropped out of the mayoral race on April 24 to instead run for a City Council position in Spokane’s third district.
Chris Schroll announced the end of his campaign on May 14.
Jason Dixon confirmed to KXLY on May 17 that he will be ending his campaign.
John Lemus also confirmed to KXLY that he has withdrawn himself from the race.
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