Several City Council hopefuls jumped out of the gate early this week to file for office.
Gary Schimmels, 74 – currently the deputy mayor who has served the longest on the council in Position 4 – faces Ed Pace, a pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Spokane Valley.
As expected, Bill Bates – half-brother to Mayor Tom Towey and member of the Planning Commission – is seeking Towey’s soon-to-be-vacated Position 7 seat. Bates, 74, is also on the Planning Commission, a longtime attendee of council meetings and retired as Rosauers vice president in 1987.
Chuck Hafner – the 81-year-old incumbent in Position 5 – also filed for re-election. Hafner is a retired school administrator in the Central Valley district and was initially appointed by the council to replace the late Bob McCaslin in 2011.
In Millwood, Kevin Freeman, currently serving as a council member, has filed for mayor, an office currently held by Dan Mork.
Micki Harnois, mayor of Rockford, has filed for re-election to that position.
In the Central Valley School District, incumbents Tom Dingus and Amy Mason have filed for Director Districts 2 and 5, respectively.
Justin Voelker and Fred Helms have filed for Director Districts 3 and 4, respectively, in East Valley. The seats are currently held by Heidi Gillingham and Kerri Lunstroth.
In Freeman, Edward Cashmere and Neil Fuchs have filed for the school board, in Director Districts 2 and 4. Orchard Prairie has Steve Flinn and Suzanne Savalle running for Director Districts 1 and 2.
Incumbent Adam Mortensen is again seeking the Director District 4 spot in the West Valley School District.
Former Spokane Valley Mayor Mike DeVlemming is challenging Ron Schmidt, the Position 2 commissioner of the Spokane Valley Fire Department for a six-year term. Meanwhile, former Central Valley School District Superintendent Mike Pearson, recently appointed to replace Monte Nesbitt, is seeking confirmation to the board by the electorate.
Dennis Ross is looking to be re-elected as fire commission in District 8, which serves the area south of Spokane Valley.
Steve Skipworth filed Tuesday to retain his spot on the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District board, Position 1.
Filing week ends today (Friday). In-person filing can be done at the Spokane County Elections Office, 1033 W. Gardner Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, visit spokanecounty.org/elections.