City: Spokane Valley, WA
Political experience: Finishing his fifth year on the City Council. Appointed for one year and elected for a full term. He served as a city of Spokane Valley planning commissioner from January 2012 until his appointment to the council.
Work experience: Higgins is the retired director of International Society of Mine Safety Professionals.
Military experience: Served two years in the Army.
Education: Graduated from high school in Wallace. Earned bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho in finance in 1964.
List top priorities if elected: Building rail crossings in Spokane Valley, either by bridge or tunnel, is Higgins’ highest priority. He said the city has a solid foundation for applying for state and federal grants and that the project doesn’t look as daunting as in previous years. Road preservation and maintenance is high on the list too, though Higgins said he’s uncertain exactly how to fund road repairs. He does not support the creation of a port district or license tab fees as funding sources. He also wants to continue the expansion of the industrial park now that Spokane County is extending sewer to the area and Spokane Valley is building roads there.