While there have already been some rumblings and at least one bona fide Spokane Valley City Council race shaping up, the fall election picture won’t really take shape for at least another week or so.
That’s because beginning Monday, June 6, the official period for filing in person at the Spokane County Elections Office will get under way.
Candidates for any office within the county may file at the office, 1033 W. Gardner Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Friday, June 10.
For the first time, candidates may also file online at www.spokanecounty.org/elections and pay the required filing fee via credit card.
Offices subject for election this fall include:
State Senator, 4th District
This office is currently held by Jeff Baxter, who was appointed by Spokane County commissioners earlier this year to fill the vacancy created when 30-year Sen. Bob McCaslin resigned for health reasons. At least one challenger has stepped forward so far, former 4th District Rep. Mike Padden. Filing fee is $421.06.
City of Liberty Lake
Four seats on the Liberty Lake council are up for election along with that of Mayor Wendy Van Orman, who has stated she will not seek re-election. Former Mayor Steve Peterson has already filed paperwork with the state Public Disclosure Commission stating that he is interested in seeking the job once again. Filing cost is $90.
There is, however, one twist: Also on the November ballot in Liberty Lake could be a question whether the city should switch to a council-manager format similar to the city of Spokane Valley. If that happens, the mayor would be chosen from among the council members and the mayoral election would be void.
Also up for re-election are Susan Schuler (Position 1), David Crump (3), Judi Owens (5) and Cris Kaminskas (7). Council filing cost is $30 in Liberty Lake.
City of Spokane Valley
The big news here, so far, is that Council Member Dean Grafos will face a challenge from current Planning Commission Chairman John Carroll at Position 2. Two new appointees, Arne Woodard and Chuck Hafner, have announced their intention to retain their Position 3 and 5 council seats, respectively.
Also opening up is Position 6, currently held by Bill Gothmann. Gothmann had initially said he planned to run for re-election but later changed his mind. It’s likely this council seat will receive the greatest amount of interest – and generate the most news -- during filing week. Ben Wick, who recently sought an appointment to the council, has filed paperwork with the PDC announcing his intention to run for the seat in the fall. Cost to file for election is $90.
City of Millwood
Council Positions 3 (Brian Ellingson), 4 (Glenn Bailey) and 5 (Shaun Culler) are all up for election. Filing cost is free for the unpaid positions.
Town of Latah
Council Positions 1 (Jeff Tee), 2 (David Galvin), 3 (Stanley “Gene” Dye) and 5 (Doug Parks) are open. Cost to file is $10.
Town of Fairfield
Council Positions 3 (Karrie Stewart), 4 (KayDee Gilkey) and 5 (Brian Kauffman) are up for grabs. Filing cost is $12.
Town of Rockford
Council Positions 3 (Clinton Stevenson), 4 (Thomas Smith) and 5 (Jim Oshanick) are all up for election. No cost to file.
Central Valley School District
Four posts – including one vacant – are up for election this fall. Cynthia McMullen (Director District 1), Debra Long (3), Keith Clark (4) and the vacancy in 5 will be on the ballot. Filing cost $0.
East Valley School District
Seats currently occupied by Mitch Jensen (Director District 1) and Mike Harris (2) are up for election. No cost to file.
West Valley School District
Bob Wentworth (Director District 3) and Samuel Andrews (4) are up for re-election. No fee.
Freeman School District
There is no cost to file for the Director District 1 Position of John Zingg, nor those of 3 (Randy Primmer), 4 (vacant) or (5) Brent Fetsch, all up for election.
Orchard Prairie School District
The small school district north of Spokane Valley will have openings in Director District 3 (Dan Cutler), 4 (Lorna St. John) and 5 (Carol Ann Hollar). No filing fee.
Spokane Valley Fire Department
Bill Anderson’s Commissioner Position 5, six-year term is up in November. No filing fee.
Fire District 8
Commissioner Position 1 (Dennis Ross) and 3 (Gregory Hesse) are up for election. No fee.
Fire District 9
Robert E. Strasburg (Commissioner Position 1) will have to file if he intends to retain his post. No fee.
There is also a host of local water and sewer districts with positions up for election, including the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District. Tom Agnew’s Position 3 is up for election. No filing fee.
For more information, visit www.spokanecounty.org/elections.