City: Spokane Valley, WA
Why running: “I haven’t lost my passion for making this the best place in the state to live. I still meet with countless numbers of citizens, as well as groups, on a weekly basis to try and solve the issues they have no matter what they are, or help them find the contact they need to try and solve those issues. I’ve lived here all my life, so people know I have huge contact capability. We’re not done with the direction of the Valley yet.”
His pitch: “I have unbelievable experience, not just inside governments, but being self-employed basically for 47 years. I have an incredible amount of what I call life experience in a wide array of subjects that really help with city business.”
Education: Graduated from Gonzaga Prep in 1971 and had about a year and half of college classes at Spokane Community College.
Political experience: Woodard has served on the council for nine years and was deputy mayor. He also has served on community boards such as the Spokane Regional Transportation Council.
Work experience: Owned real estate business from 1994 to 2018. Previously worked in construction and rebuilding homes damaged by floods or storms. He also has owned a bakery named Backburner Breads, sold bread-making equipment and owned a health food store.
Family: Married. Has seven children and 12 grandchildren.
Spokane County and Spokane Valley officials wondered Wednesday what their kennel would look like with only two big dogs. They agreed it’s time to start planning a solid-waste system that doesn’t include the city of Spokane, but stopped short of scuttling a ballot measure to build a regional animal shelter.