It came down to the top two in each Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake city council races on Tuesday night. And, on Wednesday, incumbents had to be waking up feeling pretty good after the primary election.
Also happy are supporters of Spokane County public safety and library measures – but there are still votes left to count.
Arne Woodard – a former deputy mayor and current Spokane Valley City Council member – dominated in Position 3 with just over 43 percent of the vote. Woodard had three challengers – Lance Gurel, Al Merkel and Adam Smith – who came away with 24.5, 22.6 and 8.8 percent of the vote, respectively. Gurel, presently, looks to be the one to move on to face Woodard in the November general election.
Rocky Samson was removed from the list in Position 2, after incumbent Brandi Peetz finished with nearly 47 percent of the vote. The next closest challenger was Michelle Rasmussen, who advances to the general election with 40.4 percent.
In the final Spokane Valley race, Sam Wood’s decision to not run again made the election wide open. Former Spokane County Library District board member Hattenburg has the lead with over 45 percent of the ballots cast. He’ll face Bo Tucker in November, leaving Pat Stretch out of the race after garnering 17.5 percent.
In Liberty Lake, incumbent City Council Member Cris Kaminskas had over 45 percent of the vote and will now try to fend off Tom Stanley in November. Jeanette Nall is eliminated with just over 18 percent of ballots cast.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department’s commission Position 1 – currently held by Patrick Burch – will come down to the incumbent and Bradley Mertens. Randall Bean, at close to 25 percent will be off the November ticket.
Finally, the renewal of the county’s public safety tax was holding strong at 67 percent as of Tuesday, while the library district levy was at around 54 percent.
The general election is Nov. 5.