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Meet your 2019 Spokane mayoral candidates

Spokane voters will elect a new mayor in 2019. Several candidates have already put their hat in the running, though the official deadline to file is not until May.

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

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

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

Andy Rathbun

Andy Rathbun is a recently retired Lieutenant Colonel who served in the United States Air Force. Rathbun was born in Indianapolis, but moved to the Tri-Cities in 1975. He graduated from Richland High School and spent four years at Washington State University before receiving his degree in physical sciences from Kansas State University. 

Rathbun was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base and flew for more than nine years of active duty on KC-135 Stratotankers and RC-26 aircraft. Rathbun spent more than three decades in the military and logged more than 10,000 hours of flight time. 

The local businessman has spent 20 years serving in different leadership roles with the West Central Neighborhood Council and West Central Community Center. 

Rathbun is running for mayor with the hopes of improving safety, economic development and homelessness in Spokane. 

Learn more about Rathburn here. 

Jonathan Bingle

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

Chris Schroll

Chris Schroll graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2015 with a degree in international relations. He grew up in Puyallup and is the son of an immigrant and working-class family.

According to his campaign website, Scholl served on the Student Athlete Advsisory Committee at EWU and helped represent the needs of student athletes. He worked at several Spokane businesses and held positions within the restaurant industry, recreational marijuana industry and at a local e-commerce company. Scholl's site states he currently works as a marketing coordinator and parts manager for a family-owned auto body repair facility.

Scholl is aiming to tackle several issues including homelessness, affordable housing, small businesses and cultural and economic diveristy in the Spokane community.

Learn more about Scholl's campaign here

Jason Dixon

Jason Dixon is a local business owner and graduate of Lewis and Clark High School. Following high school, he attended Montana Tech and the Western College of Auctioneering. 

Dixon currently owns and operates Liberty Smoke & Vapor on Division St. He is a licensed and bonded auctioneer and is also a former truck stop manager for Town Pump Inc.

Should he be elected, Dixon hopes to make marijuana the “lowest priority of all law enforcement.” He would also like to facilitate marijuana-friendly hotel licenses to boost tourism. Dixon said he wants to rezone churches to be able to provide temporary stay apartments for the homeless, restore the salmon population in the Spokane River and push to remove the bicycle helmet law for non-motorized bicycles. 

Kelly Cruz

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

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


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