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Schimmels, Pace too close to call

11/08/2013

By MIKE HUFFMAN
Managing Editor

 

Tuesday’s election was not for the weak of heart in the city of Spokane Valley.
Incumbent Council Member Gary Schimmels – who is currently serving as deputy mayor and has been on the council since the city incorporated in 2003 – was only three votes ahead of challenger Ed Pace when the first round of votes were tallied.
And Linda Thompson, who knows it won’t be a coin toss won’t keep her from the Position 1 seat on the council this time around, also is hoping the remaining ballots might tilt her way as she trailed Rod Higgins by 143 votes on Election Night.
Meanwhile, two other races for City Council appear to be settled. Bill Bates, chairman of the Planning Commission, will settle into the Position 7 council seat currently held by retiring Mayor Tom Towey. Bates led Red Beaulac 66 percent to 33 percent Tuesday.
Incumbent Chuck Hafner fended off Donald Morgan Jr. 65 percent to 34 percent in Position 5.
The other big news occurred in the East Valley School District, where the incumbent members of the school board appear to be in trouble. Both Heidi Gillingham and Kerri Lunstroth trail their challengers, although Gillingham was just 30 votes behind Justin Voelker.
Finally, it appears that Ron Schmidt, incumbent on the Spokane Valley Fire Department Board of Commissioners, is holding on with 113 votes over challenger Mike DeVleming.
The Spokane County Elections Office counted 81,352 ballots on Tuesday with another 17,500 on hand to count. Even with the low voter turnout – less than 29 percent countywide – it was expected a few more would trickle in.
The election will not be certified until Nov. 26.

Spokane County Prop. 1 – Levy to Protect Fairchild Air Force Base
Yes, 38,354 votes
No, 39,915
Town of Fairfield – Mayor
KayDee Gilkey, 58
Town of Fairfield -- Council Position 1
Harry Gibbons, 36
Emily Thomas, 30
Town of Fairfield – Council Position 2
Alene Felgenhauer, 33
John Jesseph, 33
Town of Latah – Mayor
Douglas Arnold, 31
Charisma (Chari) Conklin, 15
Town of Latah – Council Position 1
Melanie Meagher, 23
Patricia Neumann, 24
Town of Latah – Council Position 2
Larry LaBolle, 29
Teresa Galvin, 18
Town of Latah – Council Position 3
Garry Greenwalt, 36
Yvonne Warren, 11
Town of Latah – Position 4
Steven (Steve) Leitz, 40
City of Liberty Lake – Council Position 1
Debbi J. Haskins, 488
Lori Orlander, 612
City of Liberty Lake – Council Position 2
Hugh Severs, 585
Jeff Sitton, 479
City of Liberty Lake – Council Position 4
Odin Langford, 545
Mike Tedesco, 532
City of Liberty Lake – Council Position 6
Keith L. Kopelson, 857
City of Millwood – Mayor
Kevin M. Freeman, 237
Dennis Hamlin, 109
City of Millwood – Council Position 1
Richard Schoen, 261
City of Millwood Council Position 2
Daniel (Dan) Sander, 264
Town of Rockford – Fire protection levy
Yes, 96
No, 39
Town of Rockford – Mayor
Micki L. Harnois, 45
Steve Meyer, 86
Town of Rockford – Council Position 1
Steven Lyle Christman, 35
David Thompson, 83
Town of Rockford – Council Position 2
Carrie Roecks, 101
Town of Rockford – Council Position 5
Robert Tollefson, 98
Chuck Collison, 30
City of Spokane Valley – Council Position 1
Rod Higgins, 5,842
Linda J. Thompson, 5,699
City of Spokane Valley – Council Position 4
Ed Pace, 5,790
Gary Schimmels, 5,793
City of Spokane Valley – Council Position 5
Chuck Hafner, 7,128
Donald (Don) Morgan Jr., 3,771
City of Spokane Valley – Council Position 7
Bill Bates, 7,079
Fred Beaulac, 3,526
Orchard Prairie School District – Position 1
Steve Flinn, 137
Orchard Prairie School District – Position 2
Suzanne Savall, 132
Central Valley School District – Position 2
Tom Dingus, 8,631
Central Valley School District – Position 4
Amy Mason, 8,613
Freeman School District – Position 2
Edward A. Cashmere, 723
Freeman School District – Position 4
Neil J. Fuchs Jr., 729
East Valley School District – Position 3
Heidi Gillingham, 1,632
Justin Voelker, 1,662
East Valley School District – Position 4
Fred Helms, 1,853
Kerri Lunstroth, 1,335
East Valley School District – Position 5
Deanna L. Ervin, 1,521
Mike Novakovich, 1,667
West Valley School District – Position 1
Jim Williams, 2,213
West Valley School District – Position 2
Robert N. Dompier, 2,189
West Valley School District – Position 4
Adam Mortensen, 2,218
West Valley School District – Position 5
Pam McLeod, 2,189
Spokane Valley Fire Department – Position 1
Kolby Hanson, 11,858
Spokane Valley Fire Department – Position 2
Michael DeVleming, 6,997
Ronald (Ron) Schmidt, 7,110
Spokane Valley Fire Department – Position 5
Michael (Mike) Pearson, 11,810
Fire District 8 – Position No. 1
Dennis L. Ross, 2,806
Fire District 9 – Position 3
Judith (Judy) Personett, 2,960
Jim Bennett, 3,405

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