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City Council, Position 6

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Ben Wick 5,852 50.63%
Sam P. Wood 5,706 49.37%

* 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

Ben Wick

Party:
Age:
38
City:
Spokane Valley, WA

Education: Earned computer science bachelor’s degree Eastern Washington University in 2004. Graduated from East Valley High School in 2000.

Political Experience: Served Valley City Council 2012-15, lost re-election; ran unsuccessfully for first Valley Council in 2002.

Work Experience:Currently IT manager at Spokane Industries; formerly worked in IT for Goodrich Aerospace and United Technologies. Serves as citizen member of the Spokane Regional Transportation Commission.

Family: Married, wife Danica. Has three daughters.

Sam P. Wood

Party:

In his words: “We have to keep taxes and government regulations at a minimum, and be proactive about our relationship with small business.”

His pitch: “I truly believe that rational people, even if they disagree, can come together and find common ground to agree on, and then progress can be made and, in turn, better governance.”

Experience: Serves as chairman of the Carnhope Irrigation District board and on the Spokane Valley Planning Commission, as well as the board of SCOPE. Owned and operated Woodshed Pizza until 1998; owns and operates Wood and Wood Realty and is a real estate appraiser.

Education: Earned bachelor’s in communications from Eastern Washington University in 1996.

Complete Coverage

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Spokane Valley City Council to discuss gender preference bathroom access

Wick buys Splash, Current

Former councilman Ben Wick is looking forward to new his new job as publisher of Liberty Lake’s Splash community newspaper

Ben Wick Q&A: A more diverse council, Painted Hills decision on his mind

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.

Wood defeats Wick for Spokane Valley City Council seat

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.

Wick sees lead over Wood shrink in Spokane Valley Council race

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

Incumbents hold leads in Spokane Valley council races

Editorial: Endorsement: Retain Wick on Spokane Valley council

City needs his perspective on transportation, especially Bridging the Valley effort

Spokane Valley candidates offer different views on transportation

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.