A decade on, Spokane Valley Deputy Mayor Gary Schimmels isn’t going anywhere quite yet.
However, the 10-year council mainstay will face stiff competition from challenger Ed Pace in the November general election.
Schimmels outdistanced DeeDee Loberg 2,903 to 2,438 in Tuesday’s primary. But Pace, a Spokane Valley pastor who has had plenty of financial backing, came out on top with 2,903 votes.
The question now is, which of the two top vote-getters will pick up Loberg’s share of the ballots? There’s no easy answer, as Loberg ran as an alternative to the “Positive Change” group that dominates the council. Pace has aligned himself with that camp, which is divided in its support for the challenger and Schimmels, who it backed in 2009.
Meanwhile, in the East Valley School District, incumbent Heidi Gillingham can rest easy knowing she picked up over 47 percent of the vote and will now take on challenger Justin Voelker in November for Director 3. . Still, with Marvin Moore getting 23 percent of the vote to finish third, Gillingham will have to pick up plenty of extra votes if she wants to keep her job going into 2014 as more constituents voted against her than for her. For Director 5, it will be Deanna Ervin and Mike Novakovich moving on.
In Fire District 9, John Bjork – appointed to the Position 3 post by Spokane County commissioners after the two other fire commissioners couldn’t agree on an appointee – has been eliminated from the general election. Challengers Jim Bennett and Judy Personnett, who had the majority of the votes with 39 percent, go on.
In Rockford, Chuck Collision captured 14 votes to Larry Van Every’s 9 to take on Robert Tollefson in November. Tollefson had 70 percent of the vote with 56.
In Latah, Teresa Galvin and Larry La Bolle advance to the general election with 23 and 25 votes, respectively. Dan Keller was eliminated with 8.