City: Spokane Valley, Washington
Education: Graduated from East Valley High School in 2000. Graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in computer science in 2004.
Work experience: Works in IT, purchasing, shipping, receiving and production scheduling at Spokane Industries. Also owns the Spokane Valley Current and Liberty Lake Splash.
Political experience: Serving his second term on City Council, currently serving as Spokane Valley mayor. (Spokane Valley City Council chooses a mayor from its council members.)
Family: Married to Danica Wick. Has four children.
Campaign fundraising: Raised $15,900 as of Oct. 11, 2021. Wick has given himself $5,300 in in-kind contributions. Contributors include Katie McKay ($1,000), the political action committee of the Inland Northwest chapter of Associated General Contractors of America ($1,000), contractor and Spokane County Commissioner Mary Kuney's husband Max Kuney ($500) and Spokane Valley City Councilmembers Brandi Peetz ($114.50), Tim Hattenburg ($55) and Linda Thompson ($62.50).
Former councilman Ben Wick is looking forward to new his new job as publisher of Liberty Lake’s Splash community newspaper
For departing Spokane Valley City Council member Ben Wick, the fifth time was the charm. Wick ran in the first Spokane Valley election, against 51 other people, then applied three times to fill vacant City Council positions before finally being elected in 2011.
Spokane Valley City Councilman Ben Wick has last his re-election bid to Sam Wood. Wood has a 99-vote lead over Wick in the latest count of ballots, which was released Monday afternoon. Wood has 50.3 percent of the vote to Wick’s 47.3 percent. The difference falls just outside the amount that would force an automatic recount. The candidates would have to be within a half percentage point for the election office to perform a recount.
Ben Wick’s lead shrank to 111 votes over challenger Sam Wood in the race for Spokane Valley City Council. Other incumbents maintained their comfortable leads.
Incumbents hold leads in Spokane Valley council races
City needs his perspective on transportation, especially Bridging the Valley effort
He’s half the age or younger than the other Spokane Valley City Council members, but that doesn’t seem to bother Ben Wick, 33.