Primary elections have been fairly quiet over the past few years.
Not so much in 2013.
Tuesday, mailed primary ballots need to be returned – or at least postmarked – to decide the top two candidates moving forward to the November general election. Races will vary where you live, but there are a half-dozen Valley-area elections up for grabs.
In the city of Spokane Valley, two candidates are trying to remove sitting incumbent Deputy Mayor Gary Schimmels.
In the East Valley School District, the usually sleepy election cycle has been disrupted by the K-8 controversy, bringing a host of challengers out of the woodwork.
Even the local small towns and fire district races – normally quiet affairs – are seeing some life. In Rockford, for example, the law-enforcement contract through the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has been an issue of contention. Latah residents have been buzzing over mosquito fogging. And in Fire District 9, two challengers are trying to take the job of John Bjork, who was appointed to the job last fall by Spokane County commissioners after the remaining two fire commissioners couldn’t decide on an applicant for a the vacant seat.
Here’s the primary lineup:
City of Spokane Valley
City Council, Position 4 – DeeDee Loberg, Gary Schimmels and Ed Pace.
East Valley School District
Director District 3 – Heidi Gillingham, Justin Voelker and Marvin T. Moore
Director District 5 – Deanna L. Ervin, Mike Novakovich and Stormy Frederickson
Fire District 9
Commission Position 3 – Jim Bennett, Judith (Judy) Personett and John Bjork
Town of Rockford
Council Position 5 – Chuck Collison, Larry Van Every and Robert Tollefson
Town of Latah
Council Position 2 – Teresa Galvin, Larry La Bolle and Dan Keller
The Spokane County Elections Office, in cooperation with public libraries, has installed ballot drop boxes outside each library location throughout the county. In addition, there is a drop box at the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza in downtown Spokane.
Ballots may also be left at the elections office at 1033 W. Gardner, but they will not be accepted after 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The boxes are opened regularly, and postage stamps are not required for ballots left at drop-off points.
Also, voter service center will be open at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Voters can drop-off ballots, get replacement envelopes, vote a provisional ballot, use accessible voting units and get answers to questions.
In other election news, no candidates filed for several open offices during the regular filing period. In the interest of filing these offices through the election process, the Spokane County Elections Office will open a special three-day filing period beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 7, for the districts listed below:
- Town of Spangle – (Council Position No. 1)
- Fire District No. 2 – (Commissioner Position No. 1 and 3)
- Fire District No. 11 – (Commissioner Position No. 1)
- Fire District No. 12 – (Commissioner Position No. 1 and 3)
- Hangman Hills Water District – (Commissioner Position No. 3)
- Irvin Water District – (Commissioner Position No. 1 and 2)
- Strathview Water District – (Commissioner Position No. 2)
- Vel-View Water District – (Commissioner Position No. 1, 2 and 3)
- Milan Cemetery District – (Commissioner Position No. 1)
- Moran Cemetery District – (Commissioner Position No. 2 and 3)
- Spangle Cemetery District – (Commissioner Position No. 1)
- Waverly Cemetery District – (Commissioner Position No. 1, 2 and 3)
These vacant positions will appear on the General Election Ballot. The candidate that receives the most votes will be elected to fill the unexpired term. Those interested in filing for one of the vacant positions listed should go to the Spokane County Elections Office at 1033 W. Gardner Avenue between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Aug. 7-9, 2013, or file online at spokanecounty.org/elections. Candidates should be prepared to pay the required filing fee in full.
A complete list of positions, terms and filing fees is attached.
More information may be found at spokanecounty.org\elections or by calling (509) 477-2320.