Spokane Candidates Climate Change Forum

Spokane Candidates Climate Change Forum logo

What do local candidates for office think about climate change? How will it affect your vote in November? To aid citizens in their democratic deliberations, Gonzaga’s Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment is proud to host the Spokane Candidates Climate Change Forum on the first Wednesday each October.




2021 Spokane Candidates Climate Change Forum

Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Time: 6:30pm
Location: The Globe Room, Gonzaga University
Forum moderator: Dr. Brian G. Henning, Director, Gonzaga Climate Center
Co-moderators: Laurel Burlingame & Will Merritt

All of the candidates for Spokane City Council and Spokane School Board were invited to attend the Forum. Candidates with an asterisk (*) attended. Candidates with two asterisk (**) declined the invitation to attend.


Spokane City Council

  • **Jonathan Bingle, District 1
  • *Naghmana Sherazi, District 1
  • *Betsy Wilkerson, District 2
  • Mike Lish, District 3 
  • *Zach Zappone, District 3

Not sure what your district is? Consult the districts map.

Spokane School Board

  • **Melissa Bedford, Director Position 3 
  • **Daryl Geffken, Director Position 3
  • **Kata Dean, Director Position 4
  • *Riley Smith, Director Position 4

Forum Co-sponsors: 350 Spokane; Futurewise; The Lands Council; Sunrise Spokane; Spokane Riverkeeper; Community Building Foundation; Gonzaga Environmental Studies and Sciences Dept.; Spokane Public Schools Student Advisory Council on Climate Change.

Past candidate climate change forums were recorded and are available on our YouTube channel.

Our Co-sponsors

350 Spokane

Building an effective movement for climate action in the greater Spokane area, promoting a just transition to 100% fossil-free energy and a low-carbon economy that works for everyone.

The Lands Council

We preserve and revitalize Inland Northwest forests, water, and wildlife through advocacy, education, effective action, and community engagement.

Spokane Riverkeeper

Works to protect the Spokane river’s ecological health, its aesthetic integrity and the public uses of the river for future generations of our community.

Sunrise Movement Spokane

Sunrise is a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.

Community Building

We host, inspire, and catalyze social change in the Spokane region. We create and maintain a beautiful collection of brick and mortar environments that enhance connectivity and human dignity.


Works to encourage healthy, equitable and opportunity-rich communities, and to protect our farmlands, forests and water resources through wise land use policies and practices.