u 2011 Washington General Election

Council Pos. 6, City of Spokane Valley

Last updated: Nov. 14, 4:59 p.m. Election results

Ben Wick 10,352 50.87%
Marilyn Cline 9,998 49.13%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

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Cline won’t be investigated by campaign finance panel

The Washington State Public Disclosure Commission has decided not to investigate a complaint filed against Spokane Valley City Council candidate Marilyn Cline alleging that she was running a hairdressing business in her basement without disclosing the income as required on her candidate financial statement. Cline holds a current license as a cosmetology operator, which allows her to cut hair, but she does not have a business license or the salon/shop license that are both required to operate a hairdressing business. Read more

Wick clinches win

After more than a week of watching votes trickle in, Ben Wick can finally feel comfortable that he has won a position on the Spokane Valley City Council. Wick was ahead by only 20 votes on election night, but he has steadily increased his lead ever since. As of Wednesday night his lead was at 368 votes over Marilyn Cline. He received 10,667 votes to her 10,299. Only 100 votes remain to be counted in all areas of Spokane County and those results will be released by the Spokane County Elections Office on Nov. 28. The election results will be certified on Nov. 29. Read more

Allen-Rush contest now within recount margin

The race between incumbent Councilman Richard Rush and former Councilman Mike Allen for Rush’s south Spokane City Council seat was sent within recount margins by counting on Tuesday. Only 92 votes now separate the two, and if the race remains within a half percentage point,… Read more

Allen and Rush headed for recount? Prop 1 headed for defeat

A race for Spokane City Council inched closer to an automatic recount on Monday in the fourth day of ballot counting from the Nov. 8 election. Former Councilman Mike Allen’s lead over incumbent Richard Rush for a seat representing south Spokane fell by 17 votes… Read more

It’s now Spokane Mayor-Elect Condon

David Condon, the former deputy chief of staff of Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, claimed enough votes on Thursday to make any last-minute, shocking comeback by Mayor Mary Verner unrealistic. Read more

‘Positive’ group close to control of Valley council

A group of people unhappy with the status quo who ran together on a “Positive Change” slate in the 2009 Spokane Valley City elections are a single seat away from total control of the council after Tuesday’s election. One race is still too close to call. Election night totals showed Ben Wick 20 votes ahead of Marilyn Cline in the race to replace Councilman Bill Gothmann. “It is a very tight margin,” Wick said. “It could go either way.” Read more

Complaint filed against Spokane Valley candidate

A complaint has been filed with the Washington state Public Disclosure Commission against Spokane Valley City Council candidate Marilyn Cline, alleging that she has been running a home-based business without reporting her income on required candidate filings. Cline has previously denied running a hairdressing business out of her home, saying she only cut the hair of family members and was not paid. Read more

Cline, Wick vie to take council position vacated by Gothmann

Candidates Ben Wick and Marilyn Cline are competing to win Spokane Valley City Council position 6 on the November ballot. The seat is being vacated in December with the retirement of longtime Councilman Bill Gothmann, who decided not to run for re-election. Neither candidate has the advantage of being an incumbent, but both survived the August primary election that narrowed the field from four to two. Cline received 41 percent of the vote and Wick 26 percent. The remaining two candidates got just over 16 percent each. Read more

Complaint filed against Spokane Valley candidate

A complaint has been filed with the Washington state Public Disclosure Commission against Spokane Valley City Council candidate Marilyn Cline, alleging that she has been running a home-based business without reporting her income on required candidate filings. Cline has previously denied running a hairdressing business out of her home, saying she only cut the hair of family members and was not paid. Read more

Spokane Valley City Council candidates address chamber

Spokane Valley City Council opponents Dean Grafos and John Carroll had a few pointed words for each other during a candidate debate at CenterPlace last week, but the other candidates for office agreed more than they disagreed. The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted the debate and invited audience members to write down questions for the candidates. Most of the questions asked focused on the city’s budget, how to attract more businesses to Sprague Avenue and economic development. Read more

Cline operates home business, neighbor says

A neighbor is alleging that Spokane Valley City Council candidate Marilyn Cline has been running a home business without declaring the income on required campaign disclosures. Every candidate for public office is required to file a personal financial affairs statement with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission listing every source of their income as well as the candidate’s assets. Cline listed her husband’s salary as manager at A to Z Rentals and his Social Security income on her financial affairs statement. When interviewed earlier this year, Cline, 66, said she used to work as a hairdresser, but quit when her son was born. Read more

Grafos leads field in campaign funds

Spokane Valley City Council candidates continue to amass money as the November election approaches, and Councilman Dean Grafos is by far the biggest recipient of campaign cash in his hunt for re-election. Grafos has collected more than $17,000 in cash contributions and gave himself a $5,000 personal loan. He has also spent the most, paying out $10,866 as of last week for newspaper ads, radio ads and campaign signs. Read more

Event expenses go unreported

Confusion reigned early this week among four Spokane Valley City Council candidates over who had donated what for a joint campaign event in July, but candidates were able to quickly find the bills for the event after being asked for them. Candidates Dean Grafos, Chuck Hafner, Arne Woodard and Marilyn Cline held the event on July 7 on vacant commercial property owned by businessman Jack Pring across from University City. A to Z Rental provided a tent and chairs and food was purchased for a barbecue, but until Wednesday only Cline had reported her share of the tent rental as an in-kind donation on required Public Disclosure Commission forms. No one else reported the cost of the tent and none of the four listed the donation of food. Read more

Council hopeful raises nearly $2,500 in funds

Spokane Valley City Council candidate Lewis Higgins has been receiving donations since early July and has now amassed $2,497 as he prepares to take on three challengers for Position 6 in the primary election this month. Higgins said he has been submitting the required forms to the Public Disclosure Commission but a computer glitch prevented the forms from showing in the online database the public can access to see who candidates get their donations from. Read more

Spokane Valley Council Pos. 6 candidates answer questions

Ballots for the August primary election are being mailed this week and Spokane Valley voters have one contested City Council race on the ballot. Position 6, which will be vacated by Councilman Bill Gothmann at the end of the year, has drawn four challengers. Only the top two vote-getters will advance to the November election. Each candidate was asked the same five questions and asked to limit each answer to 100 words. John Baldwin, 74, has been a longtime volunteer with University SCOPE. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran and spent more than two decades working for Rosauers as a stock clerk and night manager. Read more

Grafos’ campaign chest largest so far

The candidates for Spokane Valley City Council seats are settling into two camps – those who are supported by the council’s Positive Change members and campaign donors, and those who are not. Whether elected or appointed, the council incumbents have amassed the most cash and the incumbents share several major campaign donors. Councilman Chuck Hafner, who was appointed to his council seat this year, quickly raised $5,350 but hasn’t collected any donations since the filing week in June showed that he is running unopposed. His top contributors include real estate agent Gordon Curry ($500) and former Senator Bob McCaslin, who donated $500 before he died earlier this year. Read more

Few attend forum for candidates in Valley

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce’s first candidate fair last week was sparsely attended by the public and candidates alike. During the three-hour event last Thursday only a few people circulated through the large room at CenterPlace at a time. And of the seven candidates who attended, two candidates for the state Senate left about halfway through the event. Those attending were Spokane Valley City Council candidates John Carroll, Ben Wick and Dee Dee Loberg; 4th District Senate candidates Jeff Baxter and Mike Padden, Spokane City Council candidate Steve Salvatori and Spokane mayoral candidate Michael Noder. Read more

Three jump into City Council race

The races for the various Spokane Valley City Council seats up for election in November have been puttering along so far this year, but a flurry of activity on one day last week saw three more candidates enter the fray for the seat being vacated by Councilman Bill Gothmann. Ben Wick, a three-time applicant for a vacant City Council seat, had already announced his intention to run for the seat. During the weeklong filing period with the Spokane Valley County Elections Office he was joined by John Baldwin, Lewis Higgins and Marilyn Cline. Read more

Two more hopefuls file for City Council seats

Two new candidates have jumped into the Spokane Valley City Council race this fall by filing their paperwork with the Public Disclosure Commission, and both are familiar faces to those who follow the council. DeeDee Loberg and Ben Wick both applied for two vacant council positions this spring. Wick, 28, is no stranger to Spokane Valley politics. He first ran for office in 2003, when the city incorporated, while still a student at Eastern Washington University. “There were 52 that signed up to run that year,” Wick said. “I was the youngest of all of them. Before I ran I was actually involved in the incorporation effort. I was one of the people that went around gathering signatures.” Read more

Council picks Neill; two council candidates questioned

The Spokane Valley City Council moved quickly Tuesday to appoint a new planning commissioner, voting unanimously to approve Steven Neill with no discussion or questions. Mayor Tom Towey, who made the recommendation, said he was encouraged by the quality of the candidates for the position and that he did not take his decision lightly. “It’s a very, very tough decision to make.” Read more