Party: No party
City: Spokane Valley, Washington
Education: Graduated from Spokane Valley’s University High School in 2005. Earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from Western Washington University. He is defending a doctorate in social psychology submitted to the University of Otago in New Zealand in about a month.
Political experience: This is his first run for public office; involved in family campaigns.
Work experience: Mostly teaching and tutoring at colleges he has attended; swim instructor for many years and a houseparent at Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery.
Family: In a committed relationship. Has no children.
List of top priorities if elected: Creating a more transparent City Council and hosting more community-oriented events. Wants to bring back civil political discourse.
Spokane Valley officials have appointed community members to the city’s Planning Commission and Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.
Rod Higgins is poised to retain his seat as Spokane Valley mayor against challenger Chris Jackson in a race that’s been close since initial ballots were counted Nov. 7.
Incumbent Rod Higgins increased his lead over challenger Chris Jackson in the Spokane Valley Council Position 1 race.
Voters throughout the Valley pulled support from most incumbents.
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.
Spokane Valley City Council Position 1 pits incumbent experience against challenger’s youth.
The race comes down to the experience of Rod Higgins, and the fresh perspective of Al Merkel. We think both should advance and continue that debate.