Barring any major shifts in late ballot counts, it appears that Spokane Valley City Council incumbents will retain their seats for four more years.
Also, it seems the majority are not in favor of moving to a five-member Board of Spokane County Commissioners. Tuesday night results showed that 54 percent of voters were not in favor of expanding the board.
With only 28 percent of registered voters casting ballots, Ben Wick was clinging to a just under 150-vote lead with the first returns and 50.1 percent of the vote over challenger Sam Wood, a Realtor and city planning commissioner.
In Spokane Valley’s other challenged race, Deputy Mayor Arne Woodard had a more comfortable 51.5-percent lead over former Mayor Tom Towey, who sought a return to local office.
Mayor Dean Grafos was not challenged. However, there were over 360 write-in votes against him.
In other races Tuesday:
- Dan Dunne led Josh Beckett by over 60 percent for Liberty Lake Council Position 3.
- In Rockford, Robert Tollefson trailed William Benson for Council Position 5. Tollefson had 23 votes to Benson’s 56.
- Mike Pearson will keep his job as Spokane Valley Fire commissioner after fending off a challenge from Kristopher Pockell. Pearson amassed nearly 80 percent of the vote.
- In Fire District 8, it appears incumbent Any Rorie will defeat Jim Joss with over 63 percent.
- Also in District 8, Chuck Vyverberg had a 51-percent lead over Dan Glover.