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Voter Guide: Everything you need to know about the 2019 Spokane Co. general election

The general election is coming up on November 5. Here is everything you need to know; from registering to vote, to profiles on candidates and ballot measure breakdowns. 

Can you even vote? 

Registering to vote is easy and you can do it online, by mail or in person. 

Online  -- Click here. You will need a valid Washington State Driver's License or ID card. 

By mail -- Print this form, fill it out and mail to Spokane County Elections. 

In person -- Registration forms are available at the Spokane County Elections Office, all state agencies, city and town halls, public schools, public libraries and staffed fire stations. 

A new law allows Washington voters to register in person on Election Day. You must do so at the Spokane County Elections Office.  

Remember your deadlines 

October 16-18 โ€“ Ballots are mailed in batches. You should receive yours within a few days. 

October 28 โ€“ Deadline to register to vote online or by mail. 

*Curious to know if your ballot made it back to the elections office? Track your ballot here. 

November 5 โ€“ Election Day. Your ballot must be postmarked by Tuesday, Nov. 5 or submitted to a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. Find all drop box locations here.

Do your homework

Spokane Mayor

Ben Stuckart is a candidate for Spokane Mayor.
Nadine Woodward is a candidate for Spokane Mayor.

 

Can't see the images? Click below for their candidate profiles. 

May I Have A Minute: Ben Stuckart

May I Have a Minute: Nadine Woodward


Spokane City Council President

Breean Beggs is a candidate for Spokane City Council President.
Cindy Wendle is a candidate for Spokane City Council President.

 

Can't see the images? Click below for their candidate profiles. 

May I Have a Minute: Breean Beggs

May I Have a Minute: Cindy Windle

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Spokane City Council 

District 1, City Council Position 1:

Tim Benn is a candidate for Spokane City Council in District 1.
Michael Cathcart is a candidate for Spokane City Council in District 1.

4 for 4: Getting to know Spokane City Council candidate Tim Benn

4 for 4: Getting to know Spokane City Council candidate Michael Cathcart

District 2, City Council Position 1

Lori Kinnear is a candidate for Spokane City Council in District 2.
Tony Kiepe is a candidate for Spokane City Council in District 2.

 

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4 for 4: Getting to know Spokane City Council candidate Lori Kinnear

4 for 4: Getting to know Spokane City Council candidate Tony Kiepe

District 3, City Council Position 1:  

Karen Stratton is a candidate for Spokane City Council in District 3.
Andy Rathbun is a candidate for Spokane City Council in District 3.

 

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4 for 4: Getting to know Spokane City Council candidate Karen Stratton

4 for 4: Getting to know Spokane City Council candidate Andy Rathbun


Spokane School Board 

Director Position 1:

Nikki Otero Lockwood is a candidate for Spokane Public Schools' Board of Directors.
Katey Treloar is a candidate for Spokane Public Schools' Board of Directors.

 

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4 for 4: Getting to know Spokane Public School Board candidate Nikki Otero Lockwood

4 for 4: Getting to know Spokane Public School Board candidate Katey Treloar

Director Position 2: 

Jenny Slagle is a candidate for Spokane Public Schools' Board of Directors.
Kellilin MacFarlane is a candidate for Spokane Public Schools' Board of Directors.

 

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4 for 4: Getting to know Spokane Public School Board candidate Jenny Slagle

4 for 4: Getting to know Spokane Public School Board candidate Kelliline MacFarlane

Director Position 3: 

Erin Georgen is a candidate for Spokane Public Schools' Board of Directors.
Kevin Morrison is a candidate for Spokane Public Schools' Board of Directors.

 

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4 for 4: Getting to know Spokane Public School Board candidate Erin Georgen

4 for 4: Getting to know Spokane Public School Board candidate Kevin Morrison

Airway Heights City Council 

Position No. 3

Veronica Messing

Position No. 5 
Larry Bowman v. Jared Lacambra

Position No. 7 
Jennifer Morton v. Sarah Slater

 

Cheney City Council

Position No. 2

Vincent Barthels

Position No. 5

Ryan Gaard

Position No. 6
Allan Gainer v. Jill Weiszmann

Position No. 7
Dan Hillman v. Dan Hilton

 

Deer Park City Council

Position No. 2
Helen (Dee) Cragun v. Carla J. Phillips

Position No. 4
Heather Newsom v. Caleb Strapp

Position No. 5 

Ron Scholz

 

City of Liberty

Mayor:
Shane Brickner v. Steve Peterson

City Council Position 1
Phil Folyer v. Dg Garcia

City Council Position No. 3
Dan Dunne v. Holly Woodruff

City Council Position No. 5
Annie Kurtz v. Robert Moore

City Council Position No. 7
Cristella (Cris) Kaminska v. Tom Stanley 

 

City of Medical Lake City Council

Position No. 5 
Mitch Hardin v. Arthur Kulibert

 

City of Millwood City Council

Position No. 3. 
Ed Mack v. Mary (Kate) McLachlan

Position No. 4
Jay Molitor v. Andrew Van Hees

 

Town of Latah Council

Position No. 3.
Brianne Howe v. Carole Meissner

 

Town of Fairfield Council
Position No. 2. 
Mark Matherly v. Jamie Paden

Position No. 3. 
Dave Watling v. Steven Walk

 

City of Spokane Valley Council

Editor's Note: 4 News Now reached out to all candidates. Some did not reply by the time of publishing. This story will be updated as their answers are returned. 

Position No. 2. 

Brandi Peetz v. Michelle Rasmussen

4 for 4: Getting to know Spokane Valley City Council candidate Brandi Peetz

4 for 4: Getting to know Spokane Valley City Council candidate Michelle Rasmussen

Position No. 3. 

Arne Woodward v. Lance Gurel

4 for 4: Getting to know Spokane Valley City Council candidate Lance Gurel

Position No. 6 

Tim Hattenburg v. Bo Tucker

4 for 4: Getting to know Spokane Valley City Council candidate Tim Hattenburg

4 for 4: Getting to know Spokane Valley City Council candidate Bo Tucker

Understanding the initiatives and measures

Initiative 976

I-976 could drop car tabs to $30. One side says drivers can save money, but the other side says it will make roads more dangerous. Anti-tax advocate Tim Eyman co-sponsored the bill. The Office of Fiscal Management said state and local governments could lose more than $4 billion in the next six years if the initiative passes. 

RELATED: Voters clash over car tabs and transportation funds on I-976

RELATED: Understanding how I-976 will impact the City of Spokane

Referendum 88

Referendum 88 deals with affirmative action. If passed, the referendum would allow the state to implement affirmative action policies in public employment, education and contracting. 

RELATED: Washington state to vote on affirmative action referendum

Resolution 8200

If passed, resolution 8200 would authorize the Washington State Legislature to pass bills addressing the succession of powers and duties of public offices during periods of catastrophic incidents that are considered emergencies.

City of Spokane Prop 1

Proposition 1 regards open government and transparency in city government. The proposition is put forward by Better Spokane. If passed, the proposition would require all collective bargaining negotiation be open to public observation. It would also require all contracts be posted on the city's website so the public may view them.  

City of Spokane Prop 2

Proposition 2 is put forward by Better Spokane and would restrict the city from imposing an income tax, if passed. 

RELATED: Spokane voters to face income tax proposition on November ballot

Town of Spangle Prop 1

Proposition 1 deals with funding for fire protection services in 2020. The proposition would authorize the town to levy an excess property tax. If approved, property owners would pay a rate pf $1.50 per $1,000 of the 2019 assessed value. 
 
Town of Spangle Prop 2 

Proposition 2 deals with funding police protection services in 2020. The proposition would authorize the town to levy an excess property tax. If approved, property owners would pay a rate of $1.19 per $1,000 of the 2019 assessed value. 

Cheney School District Prop 1 

The Cheney School District Board of Directors has put forward a levy for capital improvements. The money would go toward acquiring new land, as well as technology and infrastructure improvement. Those include new technology devices for students and staff, communication and emergency alarm systems, and new vehicles and machinery. The proposed levy seeks $.50 per $1,000 assessed home value. The district is asking for $4.3 million over the course of two years. 

Mead School District Prop 1

This $14.6 million levy focuses on safety, nurses and more help in the classroom. If approved, the district hopes to hire a safety director, threat assessment coordinator and school security officers. Money would also be used to maintain nurses to care for students and reinstate elementary school supervision para-educators. If approved, it will cost the average homeowner with a $240,000 house $20 more a month. 

RELATED: Is school funding worth higher taxes? Mead voters will soon decide

RELATED: Mead School District proposes new safety, security and wellness levy

West Valley School District Prop 1

The West Valley School District is asking for $5.3 million over two years to support the District's educational programs and services, including teachers, staff, classroom materials and textbooks, new technology, athletics, buildings and transportation operations not funded by the state. The district is asking for $1 per $1,000 assessed home value to be collected in 2020 and 2021. 

Rosalia Park and Recreation District Prop 1 

Proposition 1 deals with costs related to operation and maintenance of the Rosalia park and swimming pool. If passed, property owners would pay $0.47 per $1,000 of assessed home value. 

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