SPOKANE, Wash. - Andy Rathbun, once a candidate for Spokane's open mayoral seat, announced Wednesday he will instead be running for a City Council position.
In a release, Rathbun's campaign said he is winding down his mayoral campaign and will be vying for a seat in Spokane's third district.
This just in: One of the candidates for Spokane Mayor says he is not interested in that position anymore. Andy Rathbun issued this statement saying he’ll be vying for a council position instead. #KXLY pic.twitter.com/edN5mV4PY9— Ariana Lake (@arianaKXLY) April 24, 2019
Rathbun released the following statement:
“As a navigator in the U.S. Air Force and the Washington Air Guard for three decades, I am well aware that there are times that missions must change to bring about the best result. I believe that the best way that I can continue to serve the people of Spokane is to contribute to a city council that is increasingly focused on progress and much less on personal politics. Over the next couple of days I will be winding down my mayoral campaign and ramping up my run for city council. I will not be making any endorsements in the mayoral campaign as there are many months ahead for that discussion to evolve. My campaign for city council should in no way reflect on Karen Stratton’s service to our city as I fully believe that she has done her utmost to serve us all to the best of her abilities.”
Rathbun lives in the West Central neighborhood with his family. He spent years working on the West Central Neighborhood Council and spent 20 years as vice president on the West Central Community Center's board of directors.
Rathbun recently criticized mayoral candidate Nadine Woodward, accusing her of not filing state paperwork on time.
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