With most Spokane County voters already having received their primary election ballots, the time has come to start sorting through the candidates.
While the city of Spokane has several propositions on its ballot that would amend its charter, Spokane Valley has only one question it needs to answer: Which two candidates will move forward in Position 6 of the City Council?
- Ben Wick – 28, lifelong Spokane Valley resident and East Valley High School graduate, received his bachelor of science degree in computer science from Eastern Washington University. He works as an I.T. system administrator for Goodrich Corp. Hopes to build a long-term plan for development in the city.
- John Baldwin – 72, retired and a 10-year volunteer with University Sheriff’s Community Oriented Policing Effort. Baldwin served in the Air Force and believes in keeping taxes low and making sure the city stays within its budget.
- Marilyn Cline – 66, retired and a 12-year SCOPE volunteer. She also has volunteered the Central Valley School District. She says maintaining and improving the city’s infrastructure is a top priority, but the budget should be closely watched. Encouraging business develop is also a must, she believes.
- Lewis Higgins – 68, retired as director of the International Association of Mine Safety Professionals and a 20-plus-year Spokane Valley resident. He believes in keeping a reined-in budget with an eye toward the overall struggling national economy.
Those living north of the Valley have a different burden in weeding through three candidates for fire commissioner in District 9. Ralph Rickards Jr., a former firefighter, and attorney Thomas McGarry are challenging incumbent Robert Strasburg.
Residents of the western edge of Spokane Valley, particularly in the Edgecliff area, have to pick through a host of candidates for the Spokane School District Position 5. Those candidates are Paul Lecoq, Salley Fullmer, Rod Roduner, Deana Brower, Larry Vandervert and Robert Griffing.
Ballots must be returned to the Spokane County Elections Office or be postmarked by Tuesday, Aug. 16.
If you are a registered voter and have not received a ballot by today (Aug. 5), contact the elections office at 477-2320 to receive a replacement ballot.
If you are not a registered voter in Washington, you have until Aug. 8 to register in person at the elections office, 1033 W. Gardner Road.
For more information, visit www.spokanecounty.org\elections.