The status quo was the big winner in Tuesday’s primary election results, as two Spokane Valley City Council members led their challengers and Liberty Lake voters held firm on not building a community center.
Despite having to fend off three challengers, council-appointee Pam Haley crushed them all with over 54 percent of the vote. The next-closest vote-getter – Angie Beem – will also move on to the November general election with 25.45 percent.
Ingemar (Lloyd) Woods and Robert (Rocky) Samson are eliminated from the Position 5 race with 7 percent and 12.6 percent of the vote, respectively.
Mayor Rod Higgins faced tougher competition from challengers Al (Albert) Merkel and Chris Jackson. While Higgins collected over 42 percent of the initial returns, Merkel weighed in with over 23 percent and Jackson with a touch over 33.5 percent, respectively.
Jackson, the grandson of noted Valley social activist Sally Jackson, now has a chance to collect Merkel’s supporters as he will move onto the general election against Higgins.
The community center bond proposal in Liberty Lake received meager support with barely 38 voting yes. Over 62 percent said no, and the $9 million bond measure needed 60 percent approval to pass.
The proposal failed last year, as well, but most supported the initial plan that would have included an aquatics center.