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.
- Web: electbenwick.com
Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins narrowly held on to his position Tuesday in a vote that shows a divided City Council. In two 4-3 votes, council members selected Higgins to keep the mayor’s position and Councilwoman Pamela Haley to be deputy mayor.
Five Spokane Valley city officials on Tuesday evening will take the oath of office to form a new council that is expected to be more moderate. Newly-elected council members Ben Wick, Linda Thompson and Brandi Peetz, who defeated more conservative incumbents, will be sworn in at the same time as Mayor Rod Higgins and Councilwoman Pam Haley, who both won re-election in November.
Voters on Tuesday rejected conservatives on the Spokane Valley Council on Tuesday, voting out incumbents Mike Munch, Ed Pace and J. Caleb Collier, and putting a fourth conservative in danger of losing in a race too close to call.
Wick’s brand of level-headed leadership stands in contrast to Pace’s penchant for turning the position into a platform for divisive issues.
Ed Pace, Ben Wick disagree on vaccination proposal as they seek second term on Spokane Valley Council
Spokane Valley Councilman Ed Pace tries for a second term while former Councilman Ben Wick tries to return to office.
Two Spokane Valley City councilmen are proposing a new addition to Spokane Valley politics: term limits.
Five open positions on the Spokane Valley City Council draw early filings with the PDC from new and veteran politicians including Ben Wick