July 1, 2005 in City

Taylor will seek re-election to Spokane Valley Council

By The Spokesman-Review

Valley Council

Those planning to run for Spokane Valley City Council can file their candidacy at the Spokane County Elections Office from July 25 though July 29. Candidates must file with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission as soon as they begin campaigning. For more information, visit the county’s Web site at www. spokanecounty.org/elections or the PDC Web site at www.pdc.wa.gov.

As the official week to file for political office approaches, Steve Taylor has announced he will seek re-election to his Position No. 2 seat on the Spokane Valley City Council.

“I believe that I’m representing the vast majority of the Valley,” Taylor said of his conservative approach to the office.

At 29, he is the youngest council member, which he said also allows him to represent younger Valley families.

After service as an Air Force mechanic took him from Florida to Fairchild Air Force Base, he earned a degree in finance and economics from Eastern Washington University in 2000. Out of college, he worked for former Rep. George Nethercutt for more than five years, acting as Nethercutt’s representative in Eastern Washington.

Currently he works as the director of investor relations for Metaline Mining and Leasing Co. He is also pursuing a master’s in public administration from EWU.

In the two years since the city’s incorporation, Taylor said, the biggest challenge was setting up the city itself.

Now that the city has a better picture of its revenues, he said, the council can look into long-term infrastructure plans. Taylor said he also looks forward to forming some type of city center, such as the one envisioned in the city’s developing comprehensive plan, and guiding growth in the Valley if elected to a second term.

Taylor said voters should consider his experience as a councilman when they head to the polls in November.

“I think I have a pretty consistent record of being for property rights, of being for fiscal conservatism,” he said.

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