In this 2005 photo from The Spokesman-Review archives, Bill Gothmann is sworn in as a city council member with his wife, Myrna, at his side.
Spokane Valley City Councilman Bill Gothmann announced yesterday that he won't seek re-election when his term expires at the end of the year. He filed paperwork with the Public Disclosure Commission last month to launch his re-election campaign, but said after a vacation with his wife he decided he would rather retire to spend more time with her and his family. “At the end of my life I want to turn around and say I spent a lot of time with my family,” he said.
Gothmann had only collected a few campaign contributions since announcing his candidacy. “We will be returning 100 percent of that,” he said. “Any money I did spend has come out of my own pocket.”
As of right now no one has filed paperwork to run for Gothmann's seat, though Chuck Hafner filed to run for city council last month without specifying which seat he was running for.