Valley Incumbents Hold Tight In Races
It looks to be business as usual on the Spokane Valley government scene as voters favored incumbents in Tuesday’s election.
They returned a Millwood town councilman and two Valley Fire District commissioners to their seats and overwhelmingly supported the man now holding the District 4 seat in the state House of Representatives.
Only in the town of Rockford did an incumbent lose.
In Millwood, Glenn Bailey held onto the Position 2 seat on the council, receiving nearly 57 percent of Tuesday’s vote.
Bailey, the principal at Adams Elementary, held off challenger Robert Shollenberger in the only contested race in Millwood.
The two other open seats went to unchallenged incumbents Frank Cook and John Ely.
Bailey, 61, has served on the council for the past five years.
The 30-year Millwood resident campaigned on a platform that included preparing the town of 1,700 for the future while retaining the good things from its past.
He promised to push a downtown revitalization program for Millwood, which would include new street lights and sidewalks in the business corridor along Argonne Road.
Bailey also talked of revamping the town’s planning policies so that they are in line with the provisions of the state Growth Management Act.
Schollenberger, who works for Burlington Northern Railroad, barely campaigned at all and did better than expected.
In the Valley Fire races, the final numbers favored Harry Larned and Ron Schmidt.
Larned, 76 and a nine-year member of the commission, beat back a challenge from Lynn Schindler and finished with almost 52 percent of the vote.
Schmidt, 58, retained the seat he’s held for the past six years, receiving almost 53 percent. He was challenged by James Fox.
Republican Mark Sterk rolled to a huge victory in the District 4 legislative race.
Sterk, 44, was appointed to fill the seat earlier this year when Mike Padden resigned.
The Spokane city police sergeant trounced Democrat Mary “Chey” Austin, garnering 72 percent of the vote in the historically conservative Valley.
In the Rockford Town Council election, one-term councilman Clinton Stevenson lost his seat to Francis Steffes.