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Linda (Hatcher) Thompson

A candidate for Spokane Valley City Council pos. 1, City of Spokane Valley in the 2013 Nov. 5 Washington General Election

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Age: 65

City: Spokane Valley, WA

Education: Graduated from Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley in 1971. Holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.

Political experience:Lobbies state and local policymakers as the executive director of the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council (GSSAC). Was a finalist for a vacant Spokane Valley City Council seat in 2013 but lost a tie vote after a coin toss decided the matter. Ran unsuccessfully against Councilman Rod Higgins later in 2013. Ran unsuccessfully against Republican state Rep. Larry Crouse in 2008. Served on the Washington State Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse from 2002 to 2010, and the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention since 2000. Served on the steering committee in charge of a park expansion and library project in Spokane Valley.

Work experience: Executive director of GSSAC since 1993. Worked for Washington Mutual from 1978 to 1992 and previously spent several years at a small brokerage firm.

Family: Married. Has two adult children.

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On this race:

Thompson is the executive director of the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council. She was a finalist for a vacant Spokane Valley City Council seat in February 2013 but lost a tie vote after a coin toss decided the matter. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University. She was a longtime volunteer with the Central Valley School District and the Boy Scouts of America while her children were in school. She currently serves as the citizen member of the steering committee in charge of the joint park expansion/library project with the city of Spokane Valley and the Spokane County Library District at Sprague Avenue and Herald Road. Thompson believes the city should focus on public safety, good infrastructure and economic development. She does not favor raising any taxes because “we have many other options to explore.”

Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Rod Higgins () 7,228 51.64 %
Linda (Hatcher) Thompson () 6,769 48.36 %

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