It probably isn’t surprising that, as of one of three council members appointed last year, Pam Haley would have a target on her back.
But the Spokane Valley City Council member probably didn’t anticipate having three challengers in the Aug. 1 primary. Or, for that matter, that two of her opponents – Ingemar Lloyd Woods and Robert “Rocky” Samson -- have had trouble with the law.
Haley, a self-appointed businesswoman, was tapped to fill a vacant seat on the council last year. As such, to keep it, she needed to run in 2017.
Her challengers include Angie Beem, the coordinator of the Women’s March in Spokane last spring.
Woods, who counsels recovering drug addicts, was convicted of four attempted murder charges after an altercation with police in 1993. He now is seeking a chance to serve as a council member.
Finally, Samson runs Checker Cab in Spokane Valley. He, too, has had run-ins with authorities and is on inactive court supervision due to a failure to pay creditors in Kentucky. Of the four, Samson did not return his questionnaire.
Ingemar Lloyd Woods
Family? How long living in Spokane Valley? Teresa retired paralegal is my spouse we have been together 12 years. I have three grown children and five grandchildren. Teresa and I have lived in Spokane Valley for 10 years. I have lived in Eastern Washington for close to 20 years of the past 37 years (originally moved to Eastern Washington in 1981) owned five acres near Ford, Wash., from 1981 to 2012.
Why did you want to file for candidacy? I want to give a voice to all citizens of Spokane Valley. I am committed to a fair and balanced approach to how our city budget is decided on. I believe that the contract amount for public safety given to the Spokane County sheriff’s department is underfunded and should be increased. I believe that the number of cannabis retail business licenses should be slightly increased, if proper zoning can be accomplished for those types of businesses.
What are your goals for the Spokane Valley City Council? To become more diverse and inclusive to all citizens. Replacing or modifying the at-large City Council election process to specific districts created by the grouping of adjoining precincts. I would agree to have four district specific seats and three at-large seats. Creating more jobs for Spokane Valley citizens by supporting existing businesses and enticing companies and corporations to relocate to Spokane Valley. I strongly support investing in the Spokane Valley Industrial Park. Finally, look into any annexing opportunities that may be available.
What, in your mind, is the biggest issue facing the city in the immediate future? Funding for an adequate road maintenance program.
What surprising issues are people bringing up as you door-knock or meet folks at campaign stops? Transparency. A repeated concern I hear voiced is that many citizens believe that the current City Council is not fully transparent. The second most common compliant I hear about is the passage of too many freight trains through Spokane Valley. I live where there are two railroad crossings that need grade separation. The third most common issue I hear is how derisive the political landscape has become in the Spokane Valley.
What differences separate you from your opponents? I answer to no special interest group and make decisions based on evidence and what is best for all of the citizens of our great city. I have a skill set that is grounded on a solid education (I have earned two master’s degrees, a post-master’s degree, a doctorate of business administration and have an additional 15 graduate credits in public policy).
I have experience in finding solutions for difficult problems. I can research, write and manage grants. I have over five years negotiating with federal and State government and other agency regulators successfully serving as a compliance officer and vice president for two accredited universities. I have led departments having up to 90 employees, faculty and volunteers with a $1 million budget.
Finally, my experience as a former offender and addict has allowed me to know how important it is to have adequate funding for law enforcement and how important it is to advocate for those addicts and offenders that are motivated to change. Employment opportunities will be critical in reducing crime and drug addiction rates in our city. I am an advocate for re-entry programs.
Age: 48, soon to be 49.
Family? How long living in Spokane Valley? I’ve lived in the Valley for approximately 17 years, with a couple years living on the South Hill but keeping my home located here in the Valley.
Why did you want to file for candidacy? I want to make a difference. I’m concerned about the way things have been going in the Valley and I would like to see us caring for our vulnerable, as well as encouraging growth and prosperity. My biggest reason for running is that I’m bringing ethics and transparency to the council. Along with many of my running mates for other positions.
What are your goals for the Spokane Valley City Council? The first thing I would like to do is create an ethics commission. Right now, the council is only accountable to themselves. Sometimes the ethical choice is as simple as doing the right thing. But most of the time, advice is needed to clear the foggy lines.
The written Code of Ethics for the council is buried in the manual. Written ethics are open to interpretation. We need to assure the people in this city that choices are being made by consulting the members of the ethics commission. This cannot be a board hand-picked by the council either.
Simultaneously, I would like to create policies that hold landlords, mostly those living in other states, accountable for their apartment complexes. This will cut down on nuisance homes and give the police a way to address drug addiction and the violence and criminal activities that come along with the drug addiction.
I would also like to brainstorm ways to encourage businesses to come to the valley. Vacant buildings and lots show that we are not growing and thriving. In fact, it is just the opposite. I would like to see those vacant areas turned into manufacturing and other businesses that would provide well-paying jobs to our residents.
What, in your mind, is the biggest issue facing the city in the
immediate future? Protection for our vulnerable. Our schools are going to need our attention. We need to protect the special programs that provide our kids every possibility for success. We need to provide our law enforcement with the tools and resources necessary to make our city safe. We need our city to thrive, but not at the expense of our natural lands and neighborhood parks.
What surprising issues are people bringing up as you door-knock or meet folks at campaign stops? The frivolous spending of the current council. The manipulation and nontransparent dealings of the current council. I’m not surprised by the need for housing, but I am surprised to find that so many rentals are owned by people who live in another state or other location. I learned that a lot of these homes are our nuisance properties. They simply don’t care.
What differences separate you from your opponents? I am an ethical woman of integrity. I fight for the social, political and economic equity for everyone. Not just equality, but equity. I am of the opinion that everyone has a voice and I want to hear what they have to say. I’m going into this with ideas, but not a personal agenda. My ideas were birthed by listening to my neighbors around my community. I think unconventionally, I do not live in a box or a bubble.
My problem-solving isn’t limited to what others have done in the past. I’m not a politician. I’m a citizen of Spokane Valley who has the time required to make the Valley better for all of us, and the willingness to think outside the box. I believe that those who are able, are responsible for stepping up. That is what I’ve done. I’m a fighter for truth, transparency and the betterment of my community.
Family? How long living in Spokane Valley? I have lived in the Spokane Valley since 1971 and graduated from Central Valley High School. I am happily married to my wonderful husband Jim. We have no children but are very close to our niece and nephew and their spouses.
Why did you want to file for candidacy? I am passionate about the city of Spokane Valley. I was appointed to the council in July of 2017 and believe that I have made a difference. I want to serve the citizens and continue the work that I have started.
What are your goals for the Spokane Valley City Council? Public safety, smooth roads and jobs are my goals for the city.
What, in your mind, is the biggest issue facing the city in the immediate future? I believe that Bridging the Valley is the biggest issue facing the city. We are working very hard to try to make that happen.
What surprising issues are people bringing up as you door-knock or meet folks at campaign stops? As I meet people, I am surprised at the number of neighborhood issues that come up. If I am elected, I will work hard to work with the people to hopefully solve those problems.
What differences separate you from your opponents? I am a conservative.