Some of the candidates have not yet responded to the climate questionnaire, but have taken stances on climate change in other venues.


Spokane Mayoral Race

Ben Stuckart – this candidate for Mayor has completed the climate questionnaire and his detailed answers can be found here.  So far, he is the only candidate for Mayor who (1) recognizes climate change is happening, (2) is primarily caused by humans, (3) is concerned about addressing global warming, (4) supports implementing the 2018 climate ordinance, and (5) would seat the Sustainability Action Committee if elected. For more on Stuckart’s views on climate change, see the KYRS Candidate Forum, June 20, 2019 at two points: 59:58 and 43:44.

Nadine Woodward – this candidate for Mayor has, to our knowledge, not made any public statements about climate change. Send Ms. Woodward an email  encouraging her to fill out the 350 Spokane Candidate Climate Questionnaire and to make her views on climate change clear.

Shawn Poole – based on statements by this candidate for Mayor, one can infer the answer “No” to all three questions, though at times he seems unsure of his position.

  • Email correspondence from Shawn Poole to 350 Spokane Co-Chair, Brian Henning, November 18, 2018:
    • “Thank you for reaching out but I firmly believe climate change is a scam. Provide me with undeniable proof that climate change is happening and I’ll submit. And FYI, that proof is verified by both conservatives and liberals.”
  • KYRS Candidate Forum, June 20, 2019 “I’m not sold that, like Jonathan [Bingle] said, that climate change is as big an issue now as people are making it out to be. Obviously when you contribute, your climate is going to change. But is it attributable to what people are producing or is it attributable to the cyclic thing that the Earth goes through? There are people on both sides of this debate. And really smart people. They will tell you there is no such thing as climate change. On the other side there are people that say we are killing the planet. So I need more information.”

Jonathan Bingle – this candidate’s views on climate change are only partly clear. He is among the Mayoral candidates who has completed the climate questionnaire and his answers can be found here. On FB he says “I am not skeptical about climate change. I am skeptical of the degree to which we’re having an impact.” This would suggest the answer “Yes” to the first question (Is global warming happening?) and “No” to the second question (Is global warming primarily human caused?). But it is not entirely unambiguous. He takes a similar position at the KRYS Forum. Based on Bingle’s comments at the KRYS Forum and on FB ,one can infer a “No” answer to the third question (Are you concerned about global warming?). He repeats several times that he does not think global warming is a significant threat to our community or to humanity. However, this is in tension with Bingle’s answer on the questionnaire, where he said “Yes” to the question “Are you concerned about global warming.”

Kelly Cruz – this candidate’s views on climate change are only partly clear. Based on what he said at the KYRS Forum, one can infer a “Yes” answer to the first question (Is global warming happening?), “No” to the second question (Is global warming primarily caused by humans?), and “No” to the third question (Are you concerned about global warming?). At the KYRS Forum he says, “Everyone says that humans cause climate change, that is just not true. We contribute to it, but there are factors outside of it. Plate tectonics, solar flares, gravitational pull from the moon.”


Spokane City Council President Race

Breean Beggs – this candidate for City Council President has completed the climate questionnaire and his detailed answers can be found here.  So far, he is the only candidate for Council President who (1) recognizes climate change is happening, (2) is primarily caused by humans, (3) is concerned about addressing global warming, (4) supports implementing the 2018 climate ordinance, and (5) would seat the Sustainability Action Committee if elected. At the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum, Beggs said, “First, I want to make it clear that climate chaos is upon us and it is influenced by human behavior.”

Mike Fagan – this candidate for City Council President has not yet completed the climate questionnaire, but he has made public statements that clarify his views. At the August 20, 2018 City Council Meeting that considered the 2018 Climate Ordinance, Councilmember Fagan said, “I can’t support something that is predicated on a lie. That’s it at the end of the day. Bottomline.” Importantly, at the end of his comments he adds: “Now I’m not saying that global warming and climate change isn’t a reality. But what I am saying is, it isn’t human caused.” He repeated similar views at the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum.

Given this, one can infer that his answer is “Yes” to the first first question (Is global warming happening?), “No” to the second question (Is global warming primarily human caused?), and “No” to the third question (Are you concerned about global warming?). Further, Councilmember Fagan voted against the 2018 Climate Ordinance, so his answer is “No” to the fourth question (Do you support the 2018 ordinance?) and to the fifth question (Do you support empanelling the Sustainability Action Committee created by the 2018 ordinance?)

Philip Tyler –  When asked at the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum, “What steps can the City take to mitigate these [climate] impacts on our community and how can the City reduce its contributions to further climate disruption?”, Tyler said “Let me start by stating this: I do not believe that climate change is the most pressing issue affecting Spokane citizens today.” He goes on to equivocate in his use of the phrase “climate change” using it to refer to things having nothing to do with the climate crisis.

Given this, one can infer a “No” answer to the third question (Are you concerned about global warming?). His answers to the other questions are not clear and this candidate for City Council President has not yet completed the climate questionnaire.  Send Mr. Tyler an email encouraging him to fill out the 350 Spokane Candidate Climate Questionnaire.

Cindy Wendle – When asked at the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum, “What steps can the City take to mitigate these [climate] impacts on our community and how can the City reduce its contributions to further climate disruption?”, Wendle said “I agree that it [climate change] is a very pressing issue. What I disagree on is the role the City takes in creating expensive policies that take resources away from what our priorities are.”

Given this,  one can infer that her answer is “Yes” to the first first question (Is global warming happening?) and to the third question (Are you concerned about global warming?). Her answers to the other questions are not clear and this candidate for City Council President has not yet completed the climate questionnaire.  Send Ms. Wendle an email encouraging her to fill out the 350 Spokane Candidate Climate Questionnaire.


Spokane City Council Race – District 1

Michael Cathcart – this candidate has, to our knowledge, not made any public statements about climate change. Send Mr. Cathcart an email  encouraging him to fill out the 350 Spokane Candidate Climate Questionnaire and to make his views on climate change clear.

Krys Brown – this candidate has, to our knowledge, not made any public statements about climate change. Send Mr. Brown an email  encouraging him to fill out the 350 Spokane Candidate Climate Questionnaire and to make his views on climate change clear.

Tim Benn -this candidate has, to our knowledge, not made any public statements about climate change. Send Mr. Benn an email  encouraging him to fill out the 350 Spokane Candidate Climate Questionnaire and to make his views on climate change clear.

Jerrall Haynes – this candidate has, to our knowledge, not made any public statements about climate change. Send Mr. Haynes an email  encouraging him to fill out the 350 Spokane Candidate Climate Questionnaire and to make his views on climate change clear.

Doug Salter – this candidate has completed the climate questionnaire and the detailed answers can be found here.

Naghmana Sherazi – this candidate has completed the climate questionnaire and the detailed answers can be found here.  So far, she is the only candidate for City Council District 1 who (1) recognizes climate change is happening, (2) is primarily caused by humans, (3) is concerned about addressing global warming, (4) supports implementing the 2018 climate ordinance, and (5) would seat the Sustainability Action Committee if elected.

Louis Lefebvre – this candidate has completed the climate questionnaire and the detailed answers can be found here.


Spokane City Council Race – District 2

Lori Kinnear – this candidate for City Council District 2 has completed the climate questionnaire and her detailed answers can be found here.  So far, she is the only candidate for Council President who (1) recognizes climate change is happening, (2) is primarily caused by humans, (3) is concerned about addressing global warming, (4) supports implementing the 2018 climate ordinance, and (5) would seat the Sustainability Action Committee if elected. At the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum, Kinnear clarified her views further.

Liz Fleming – When asked at the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum, “What steps can the City take to mitigate these [climate] impacts on our community and how can the City reduce its contributions to further climate disruption?”, Fleming did not directly answer the question. Given this,  one cannot infer what her views on climate change are. Further, this candidate for City Council has not yet completed the climate questionnaire.  Send Ms. Fleming an email encouraging her to fill out the 350 Spokane Candidate Climate Questionnaire.

Tony Kiepe – this candidate for City Council District 2 has completed the climate questionnaire and his detailed answers can be found here.  Confusingly, he said that global warming is not happening and that he is not concerned about it, but that he agrees that climate change is human caused. He also said that he does not support implementing the 2018 ordinance or seating the Sustainability Action Committee. He also addressed the issue in his answer to a climate change question at the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum.


Spokane City Council Race – District 3

Andy Rathbun – At the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum, “What steps can the City take to mitigate these [climate] impacts on our community and how can the City reduce its contributions to further climate disruption?” He said, “I believe that we absolutely must address climate change. But I believe the good news about this is that there will be lots of jobs created in the fields that we look to work on these problems.”

Given this,  one can infer that his answer is “Yes” to the first first question (Is global warming happening?) and to the third question (Are you concerned about global warming?). His answers to the other questions are not clear and this candidate for City Council has not yet completed the climate questionnaire.  Send Mr. Rathbun an email encouraging him to fill out the 350 Spokane Candidate Climate Questionnaire.

Jeff Martin – At the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum, “What steps can the City take to mitigate these [climate] impacts on our community and how can the City reduce its contributions to further climate disruption?” His answer did not address the question. It is difficult to infer what his views on climate change are. Send Mr. Martin an email encouraging him to fill out the 350 Spokane Candidate Climate Questionnaire.

Jeff Rugan – At the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum, “What steps can the City take to mitigate these [climate] impacts on our community and how can the City reduce its contributions to further climate disruption?” His answer did not address the question. It is difficult to infer what his views on climate change are. Send Mr. Rugan an email encouraging him to fill out the 350 Spokane Candidate Climate Questionnaire.

Christopher Savage – this candidate for City Council  has completed the climate questionnaire and his detailed answers can be found here.  At the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum, “What steps can the City take to mitigate these [climate] impacts on our community and how can the City reduce its contributions to further climate disruption?” His answer did not address the question.

Karen Stratton – this candidate for City Council District 3 has completed the climate questionnaire and her detailed answers can be found here.  So far, she is the only candidate for Council District 3 who (1) recognizes climate change is happening, (2) is primarily caused by humans, (3) is concerned about addressing global warming, (4) supports implementing the 2018 climate ordinance, and (5) would seat the Sustainability Action Committee if elected. At the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum, Stratton clarified her views further.

Ken Side – At the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum, “What steps can the City take to mitigate these [climate] impacts on our community and how can the City reduce its contributions to further climate disruption?” His answer did not address the question. It is difficult to infer what his views on climate change are. Send Mr. Side an email encouraging him to fill out the 350 Spokane Candidate Climate Questionnaire.


All candidates are encouraged to complete the candidate climate questionnaire and make their views completely clear so that voters can consider them when at the ballot box. 350 Spokane is happy to update this page so as to accurately reflect the candidates’ views on this important issue. Contact us at info@350Spokane.org.

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