Thursday, October 6, 2011

Meet Spokane Valley's mystery candidate

Posted By on Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Last Thursday's Spokane Valley City Council featured a mystery: A spot for a write-in candidate to challenge Chuck Hafner. Yet, this "Orvella Kendall" never showed.

Fortunately, she's in the phone book.

Orvella is a 62-year-old woman who just graduated from Carrington College for Pharmacy Tech. She says she and her husband always have very political conversations — about topics like the economy and Obama.

Two weeks after the filing deadline, Orvella decided she might as well run for a local political position.

She admits that she has some catching up to do.

"I don’t want to put my foot in my mouth before I get started," Kendall says. "I’m going to give it my best try and see what happens."

She does say that Spokane Valley needs to attract business and that she's opposed to changing Sprague Avenue back to a two-way street. "I used to go up and down Sprague when it was a two-way, and it was a nightmare," she says.

As for why she missed the debate? She says she didn't have the address and didn't know where CenterPlace was.

"I’ve probably driven by it, and didn’t even [see it.]," she says, adding that she will be at the debate at Central Valley high school, which is on Oct. 10 at 5 pm.

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A lifelong Spokane native, staff writer Daniel Walters is the Inlander's City Hall reporter. But he also reports on a wide swath of other topics, including business, education, real estate development, land use, and other stories throughout North Idaho and Spokane County.He's reported on deep flaws in the Washington...