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Wed., June 17, 2009, 4:20 p.m.

Taylor leaving Valley Council

Steve Taylor, who has been on the Spokane Valley City Council as long as there has been a city council in the Valley, is calling it quits.

Taylor announced Wednesday he's resigning at the end of the month to take a job as city administrator in Connell, Wash.

That creates an opening on the council that will require a little extra work for County Elections.

They'll need to hold a special filing period for candidates who want to compete for that seat in the November election. It's too late to get on the August primary.

One other problem seems to be lurking out there...

Spokane Valley city residents managed to field just six candidates for the four seats already on this year's ballot. And three of those are incumbents.

So it's fair to wonder: How much interest is this new open seat on the Valley City Council going to generate among the electorate?

Some might say that a seat is a seat, so adding one more to the ballot isn't going to make much of a difference. Others will argue that an open seat represents more of an opportunity for the politically faint of heart, because there's no clear advantage.

We'll have to wait and see who steps up.

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