You’ve seen the signs, read the editorials and endured the television commercials. Now it’s time to get your ballot in the mail – and fast. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, and ballots must be postmarked by that date to count.
If returning ballots must by mail, the Spokane County Elections Office asks that you double check the pickup times on the mailbox you’re using. If the last pickup has already been made on Tuesday, voters have the option of using one of the county’s ballot drop boxes. They are located at local libraries, STA Plaza and the elections office. Locations include:
- Liberty Lake Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave.
- Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave.
- Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main
- Fairfield Library, 305 E. Main
- Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne Road
- Elections Office, 1033 W. Gardner Ave.
- Spokane Downtown Library, 906 W. Main
- STA Plaza, 701 W. Riverside
The drop boxes are also available during regular business hours of each location up to Election Day. They will be locked promptly at 8 p.m. next Tuesday.
There will also be a special service center set up at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, on Tuesday only from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to help voters with questions, replacement envelopes, provisional ballots or accessible voting units.
Of local interest on the Nov. 8 ballot:
City of Spokane Valley
Proposition 1 – Would authorize the city to use up to $2.142 million in general obligation bonds to finance the conversion of Sprague and Appleway to two-way arterials between Argonne/Dishman-Mica and University roads. Repayment would be done via property taxes for up to 20 years.
City Council/Position 2 – Incumbent/Sprague Avenue businessman Dean Grafos defends his post against challenger/Planning Commission Chairman John Carroll.
City Council/Position 3 – Realtor Arne Woodard – appointed earlier in the year to the council to replace Rose Dempsey – is looking to keep his job for his first elected term. Community volunteer and activist Dee Dee Loberg is his challenger.
City Council/Position 5 – Longtime educator Chuck Hafner – appointed to replace the late Bob McCaslin last summer – has his name alone on the ballot. However, he is being challenged by write-in candidate Orvella Kendall.
City Council/Position 6 – The one race where there is guaranteed a new face. Since Bill Gothmann is not seeking another term, protégé I.T. expert Ben Wick is facing off against Positive Change-endorsed, sheriff’s office volunteer Marilyn Cline.
City of Liberty Lake
Proposition 1 – Basically, this would get rid of the strong-mayor form of government in Liberty Lake and adopt a council/manager structure similar to the city of Spokane Valley. Results of this election will directly impact…
Mayor -- …the results of former-Mayor Steve Peterson’s race against current Council Member Josh Beckett for the city’s top job. Current Mayor Wendy Van Orman is not running for re-election.
City Council/Position 1 – Susan Schuler is not challenged.
City Council/Position 3 – Daniel Dunne is not challenged, either.
City Council/Position 7 – Also unchallenged is Cristella Kaminskas.
City Council/Council Position 5 – Newcomers Keith Kopelson and Shane Brickner square off for the seat to be soon vacated by Judi Owens.
City of Millwood
City Council/Position 3 – Frustrated council critic Mike Ellis is looking to upset incumbent Brian Ellingson.
City Council/Position 4 – Incumbent Glenn Bailey is being challenged by a mostly inactive David Kopp, who says he’s withdrawn from the race.
City Council/Position 5 – Shaun Culler is running unchallenged.
Also of note
Spokane County/Measure No. 1 – Voters are being asked to approve a regular property tax levy of up to 5.8 cents per $1,000 in assessed valuation to fund a new headquarters for the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service.
Town of Rockford/Proposition 1 – This small southeastern Spokane County municipality is looking for approval of a replacement levy for its fire department. The rate would be 51 cents per $1,000 in assessed value to raise $12,500.
Fire District 8/Proposition 1 – The fire district that serves the southern portion of the Ponderosa as well as rural land south of Spokane Valley is looking for passage of a two-year maintenance-and-operations levy that would raise $400,963.
Fire District 9/Board of Commissioners – Incumbent Robert Strasburg is defending his seat against attorney Tom McGarry.
Fire District 13/Proposition 1 – Voters living in the service area of the Newman Lake Fire Department are being asked to approve $2.25 million in general-obligation bonds to fund the construction of a new fire station.
Freeman School District/Board of Directors – Lisa Paternoster is running against Angela Keebler for a spot on the school board for the Director District 5 seat.