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Spokane Valley City Council pos. 1

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Rod Higgins 7,228 51.64%
Linda (Hatcher) Thompson 6,769 48.36%

* 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

This is one of four seats up for contention in the 2013 election. The term for position one is for completion of the vacated term that was filled by temporary appointment earlier this year, and is from the date the successful candidate is sworn in (currently scheduled for November 26, 2013) through December 31, 2013, in addition to the four-year term that begins January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2017. Council Members are paid $750.00 per month and receive healthcare benefits.

The Candidates

Rod Higgins

Party:
Age:
78
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.

Family: Married.

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.

Linda (Hatcher) Thompson

Party:
Age:
67
City:
Spokane Valley, WA

Education: Graduated from Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley in 1971. Holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.

Political experience:Lobbies state and local policymakers as the executive director of the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council (GSSAC). Was a finalist for a vacant Spokane Valley City Council seat in 2013 but lost a tie vote after a coin toss decided the matter. Ran unsuccessfully against Councilman Rod Higgins later in 2013. Ran unsuccessfully against Republican state Rep. Larry Crouse in 2008. Served on the Washington State Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse from 2002 to 2010, and the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention since 2000. Served on the steering committee in charge of a park expansion and library project in Spokane Valley.

Work experience: Executive director of GSSAC since 1993. Worked for Washington Mutual from 1978 to 1992 and previously spent several years at a small brokerage firm.

Family: Married. Has two adult children.