Ben is running for Mayor because as City Council President for the last 7+ years he knows that you need a progressive mayor aligned with a progressive council to implement the laws and treat all citizens with respect. You get more done when your values are aligned. Spokane is a city of 221,000 that has voted blue but surrounded by a sea of red. In order to spread the city’s values outward the city needs to to be solidly progressive.
Ben is running because the city has high poverty rates, low median household income and a housing crisis. It is going to take bold action to solve these problems. The mayor must lead on urban revitalization that benefits everyone and guards against gentrification. The city must embrace the urban core and business districts by investing in them and increasing density to address revitalization and housing. Ben also believes the city must continue on the success of attracting new businesses that pay living wages and keeping college students.