Spokane Home Builders Association 2018 Election Recap

By November 12, 2018Blog
  • 95% of SHBA PAC endorsed candidates were victorious!
  • NAHB Defender of Housing Cathy McMorris Rodgers easily re-elected
  • 12/13 Endorsed State Legislative Candidates Elected
  • Spokane County Races: Commissioners re-elected and retained. Assessor race remains too close to call
  • Ballot Measures & Initiatives: Carbon tax fails. School and library bonds pass.

5th Congressional District
Cathy McMorris Rodgers soared easily to re-election to an 8th term defeating Democrat Lisa Brown with 55% of the vote. Lisa Brown’s chances were dependent on a strong showing in Spokane and Whitman Counties which went 52% and 50.5% respectively for Cathy.

Lisa took 58% of the vote within the City of Spokane, at least initially furthering the rumor that she may seek to run for Spokane Mayor next year in a primary showdown with Ben Stuckart. Lisa Brown stated in an article in the Spokesman Review the weekend after the election that she had endorsed Stuckart for Mayor.

State Legislative Races
All SHBA PAC endorsed incumbent state legislators were re-elected by strong margins. The competitive 6th district saw a significant turnaround from the primary where on election night incumbents led or trailed narrowly while all three Republicans this month led their opponents. This was consistent with partisan turnout that showed Republicans turning out in higher numbers in the general than they had in the August primary.

First time candidate and retired Marine Officer Dave Lucas was defeated by incumbent Timm Ormsby, gaining 38% of the vote in the 3rd District. Dave ran a strong race in a heavily liberal district and should be commended for challenging a strong incumbent on the issues that matter to the business community.

6th District Republican Candidate Jenny Graham improved from her August primary showing and currently leads Democrat perennial candidate Dave Wilson by 591 votes in a lead that continues to grow with each day’s vote tally. Jenny Graham will be the only freshman state legislator from Spokane County.

Spokane County Races
In great news for SHBA members, all SHBA PAC endorsed Spokane County races are on track for victories.

In the Commissioner races, Mary Kuney overwhelmingly defeated Rob Chase with 61% while Al French widened his victory margin from his 2014 re-election to easily defeat Democrat Robbi Anthony with 56% of the vote. His opponent largely did not campaign.

Fitzgerald for Clerk and Baumgartner for Treasurer easily soared to victories.

The race to replace retiring Assessor Vicki Horton remains too close to call. SHBA dual endorsed both Leonard Christian and Tom Konis. Nearly one week after the election, Leonard Christian leads by just 948 votes county wide.

Spokane School & Library Bond Measures and Stadium Replacement Advisory Vote
Both the Spokane Public Schools & Spokane Library bonds were easily on track to clear the 60% victory margin required of bonds with 67% and 62.5% respectively on election night.

SHBA did not take a position in the city advisory vote on the location of a new sports stadium to replace retiring Joe Albi stadium. Voters overwhelmingly recommended the existing Joe Albi site as the replacement site for a new stadium by a 65% to 35% margin. Only 13 city precincts voted in favor of a north bank stadium, all coming from the South Hill area. Northwest Spokane voted overwhelmingly in support of keeping the new stadium facility close by.

Ballot Measures: State & Local
The only initiative BIAW endorsed in (Vote No on 1631, Carbon Tax) failed overwhelmingly statewide with over 56% of voters opting to reject and 65% voting to reject in Spokane County.

In other initiatives, the local ban on grocery taxes passed overwhelmingly. This will put to bed any speculation that the Spokane City Council will seek to revive talks of placing a city tax on sugar beverages. Councilmember Kate Burke served on the committee supportive of keeping grocery taxes viable at the city level.

1639 the gun control initiative passed with over 60% of the vote statewide. Expect the NRA to launch lawsuits on portions of the law including the age restriction to 21 years old to purchase rifles and the firearm storage components.

Thank You & Looking Forward
Thank you for voting and for utilizing your Association’s advocacy guides in making informed voting decisions. With several races decided with extremely slim margins, it goes to show that every vote does count, especially in your local level races.

Looking forward to 2019, the future direction of the cities of Spokane and Spokane Valley will be on clear display. With races for Mayor, Council President and three Council positions, City of Spokane voters will have the opportunity to continue the current vision of Spokane elected leaders or bring forth new leadership. Spokane Valley will have three council positions on the ballot as well in what will likely be must watch races following the defeat of three incumbent councilmembers in 2017.

Contact Spokane Home Builders Association to get more involved in advocacy and PAC activities in support of the growth of our community and home building industry.