u 2013 Aug. 6 Primary

Spokane Valley City Council pos. 4, City of Spokane Valley

About this race

One of four positions on the Spokane Valley City Council up for grabs in November. Council Members are paid $750/month and receive healthcare benefits. The term is four years from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2017.

Last updated: Aug. 20, 1:21 p.m. Election results

Ed Pace 3,659 52%
Gary Schimmels 3,378 48%

* 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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