(Spokane, Wash.) – The Board of Directors of the Spokane Home Builders Association (SHBA) voted this week to endorse Tim Benn for Spokane City Council District 1, Andy Dunau for Spokane City Council District 2 and dual endorse Matthew Howes and Brian Burrow for Spokane City Council District 3.

Recommendations for endorsement were made following a process that includes responding to a written questionnaire, background screening by the non-partisan Candidate Verification service and interviews with members of the SHBA.
“The SHBA Board of Directors is pleased to endorse these candidates for Spokane City Council,” said Jim Breidenbach, 2017 President of the Spokane Home Builders Association. “We are encouraged that these candidates expressed values to be collaborative leaders on the City Council, to promote a business friendly environment and are committed to make Spokane a great place to live, work and play.”

The Spokane housing market continues to feel the strain of a shrinking inventory and low rental vacancy rate. It is critical that the next City Council be prepared to make infrastructure investments that accommodate anticipated growth and bring forward infill housing development recommendations. These candidates all represent a fresh energy to the City Council needed to drive the reforms necessary to support the building industry.

“The Spokane Home Builders Association has long been an advocate for common sense public policy that allows for the development of a variety of market based housing options,” added Arthur Whitten, SHBA Government Affairs Director. “In the City of Spokane it is paramount that we elect leaders who recognize that there is a dwindling supply of buildable lots and understand that overregulation drives the cost of housing up, pricing Spokane families out of the American dream of homeownership. These candidates will be terrific members of the City Council to achieve positive
housing solutions.”

The Spokane Home Builders Association consists of over 700 members across Ferry, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman Counties. Members include builders, developers, subcontractors, suppliers and industry service providers. Founded in 1947, the SHBA is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.


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