* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.
About The Race
One of four positions on the Spokane Valley City Council up for grabs in November. Council Members are paid $750/month and receive healthcare benefits. The term is four years from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2017.
- Spokane Valley, Washington
Education: Earned Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in 2003 and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University.
Political experience: Incumbent, finishing his first term; ran unsuccessfully for council in 2009.
Work Experience: Pastor of Caring Ministries at Redeemer Lutheran Church. He served for seven years in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1972 in Germany, Vietnam and various bases in the U.S. He had a 27 year career in the electronics industry, including 18 years with Hewlett-Packard in Liberty Lake before being joining the ministry. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Volunteer with Crosswalk, Union Gospel Mission and Boy Scouts.
Family: Married, wife Thuan. Has four grown children.
- Spokane Valley , WA
- Deputy Mayor
Gary Schimmels, 75, owned and operated a local locksmith business from 1998 to 2007. He attended Eastern Washington University prior to serving two years in the Army, and was a construction industry employee/owner/operator from 1964 to 1994. He has served on the City Council since Spokane Valley incorporated in 2003. In the 2009 election Schimmels ran on the “Positive Change” slate with four challengers who unseated the incumbents. He has been selected by his fellow council members to serve as Deputy Mayor. Schimmels has argued against spending down the city’s reserves, but is willing to do so to pay for the Sullivan Bridge replacement and funding two new police officers. He doesn’t favor any tax increases now, but “in future years saying ‘no’ or ‘never’ may not apply or be an option.”
The city of Spokane Valley and the Spokane County Library District have both approved a plan for the joint development of 8.4 acres of land the city owns at the corner of Sprague Avenue and Herald Road. The library district bought nearly 3 acres on the southwest corner of the property from the city for a new Spokane Valley Library branch. The city-owned portion of the site will be used to expand neighboring Balfour Park.
The driver of a car that crashed into a tree Oct. 5, killing two University High School girls, had his license for one day. Preston Maher, 16, is now under investigation for vehicular homicide, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Josie Freier, 16, and McKenzie Mott, 15, died in the accident at South Bates Road and East Ponderosa Drive in Spokane Valley.
Court documents reveal a strained relationship between two half-brothers that left one dead and the other behind bars. Ryan R. Ames, 22, was arrested Tuesday night on charges of second-degree murder after he allegedly shot and killed his half-brother, David McCarthy, outside the Ames’ home on the 12000 block of East 31st Avenue. Spokane County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene after Ames called 911.
A man was taken to the hospital with in critical condition Wednesday night after he was struck by a car east of Pines Road at Sprague Avenue.
Court documents reveal a strained relationship between two half-brothers that left one dead and the other behind bars on suspicion of his murder.
Republican Larry Crouse will retire after 19 years in the Washington Legislature, likely setting off a rush of GOP hopefuls in the Spokane Valley district. Crouse announced Tuesday he plans to retire Dec. 31, halfway through his current term, because of health problems that kept him away from the Legislature for much of the 2013 sessions.
A Spokane Valley man is in custody after shooting a relative to death with a shotgun Tuesday afternoon.
Spokane County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a burglar who entered a Spokane Valley home and stole several credit cards while the couple was sleeping.
Surveillance footage has been released showing a man in his 20s or 30s robbing a Spokane Valley convenience store last month. Deputies are asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers.
Control of Spokane’s regional garbage management system would shift from City Hall to the county courthouse under a reorganization intended to improve the system’s political fairness. But residents aren’t likely to see any change in their service, officials say. Commissioners have scheduled a public hearing Tuesday to consider the future of garbage across the county.
The Painted Hills Golf Course in Spokane Valley is under new ownership, but that doesn’t end the uncertainty about its fate.
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who robbed a 7-11 convenience store earlier this month. The robber was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a black nylon mask.
Two teenage boys were arrested early Tuesday morning after an alleged drug-fueled crime spree during which they assaulted one of the boys’ mothers with a sword and planned to eat her liver.
Spokane County sheriff’s deputies said a thief or thieves made off with $17,500 in copper wiring from a cellular tower company in Spokane Valley sometime in the last two weeks.
John Clyde Payne was arrested around 3:30 a.m. Friday in a wooded area near the intersection of South Bowdish and South Dishman Mica roads. Payne faces charges of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault after allegedly shooting a man in the face. The man’s injuries are serious, but not life threatening.
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office released surveillance images of a woman thought to have used a stolen credit card to buy $400 in gift cards from the Millwood Albertsons in July.
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help locating suspects in a burglary at a home under renovation in the 10500 block of East Dean Road. An antique table with ornate carvings, valued at around $30,000, was stolen from the home’s basement.
A 22-year-old man shot himself in the head and is now in critical condition at an area hospital, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the incident, which occurred before 1 a.m. on Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley.
Three men have been arrested in connection with a tire theft at the Appleway Auto Nation store over the weekend, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said. Two were booked into jail Monday after allegedly trying to sell some of the stolen tires to another store, while a third was arrested Wednesday after a search of his home revealed more of the stolen property and drugs.
Spokane County detectives are investigating a shooting that happened Saturday in Spokane Valley. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said a 22-year-old man was shot in the neck and is listed in stable condition.