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City Council, Position 3

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Arne Woodard 6,018 52.09%
Tom Towey 5,534 47.91%

* 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.

The Candidates

Arne Woodard

Age:
68
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.

Tom Towey

City:
Spokane Valley, WA

In his words: “I was privileged to serve as mayor from 2010 through 2013. I understand the role the council plays and the impact its decisions has on our citizens.”

His pitch: Towey describes himself as a consensus builder and his top priorities are: public safety, supporting infrastructure with a comprehensive street preservation and maintenance program and keeping the Valley a contract city.

Experience: He was part of the Spokane Valley incorporation process in 2003, started going to council meetings in 2007 and was unopposed when he ran for office. Worked as a manager for Rosauers for 33 years.

Education: Towey attended West Valley High School and graduated with a business degree from Eastern Washington University.

Complete Coverage

Incumbents hold leads in Spokane Valley council races

Incumbents hold leads in Spokane Valley council races

Editorial: Endorsement: Return respected Towey to Valley council

Tom Towey’s embrace of regional cooperation and sensible budgeting gives him the nod over incumbent Arne Woodard.

Spokane Valley City Council votes to keep property tax the same

Spokane Valley City Council member Ed Pace tries to get city to lower property tax.

Election preview: Former Spokane Valley Mayor Towey challenges Woodard for council

Former Spokane Valley Mayor Tom Towey challenges Arne Woodard for position 3 on the Spokane Valley City Council