Planning Commissioner David Crosby has become the first new face in the contest for a seat on the Spokane Valley City Council.
Announcing his campaign Monday – the first day of filing week for political candidates – the first-time candidate said he’s been interested in local governance for a long time.
“I’ve been a political junkie for years. I love politics,” he said.
When the Valley incorporated, Crosby looked for a way to get involved and worked on the new city’s finance transition committee.
Later he was among the appointees to the city’s first Planning Commission, taking over as chairman in 2005.
On the commission, Crosby regularly advocates for policies he sees as encouraging affordable housing.
Crosby is a Realtor with American Dream Homes in Spokane Valley.
He is a past president of the Spokane Association of Realtors and presently holds a leadership position with the Washington Association of Realtors.
Other experience in city government includes leading the city’s ad hoc sign committee.
He was uncontested as of Monday and is running for the Position 3 seat held by departing Councilman Mike DeVleming.
Incumbent Councilmen Bill Gothmann and Steve Taylor filed their re-election bids Monday and are uncontested so far.
If elected, Crosby, 47, would be the second councilman in the city’s short history to parlay his service on the Planning Commission into a council position following Gothmann’s run in 2005.