City: Spokane Valley, WA
Political experience: Finishing his fifth year on the City Council. Appointed for one year and elected for a full term. He served as a city of Spokane Valley planning commissioner from January 2012 until his appointment to the council.
Work experience: Higgins is the retired director of International Society of Mine Safety Professionals.
Military experience: Served two years in the Army.
Education: Graduated from high school in Wallace. Earned bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho in finance in 1964.
List top priorities if elected: Building rail crossings in Spokane Valley, either by bridge or tunnel, is Higgins’ highest priority. He said the city has a solid foundation for applying for state and federal grants and that the project doesn’t look as daunting as in previous years. Road preservation and maintenance is high on the list too, though Higgins said he’s uncertain exactly how to fund road repairs. He does not support the creation of a port district or license tab fees as funding sources. He also wants to continue the expansion of the industrial park now that Spokane County is extending sewer to the area and Spokane Valley is building roads there.
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.
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.
The 2017 City Council election in Spokane Valley has turned into a barnstorm of new faces challenging incumbents. The five open seats have attracted 13 candidates resulting in two contested primary races, one of which is the race for Position 1, held by Mayor Rod Higgins.
Neighbors around Spokane Valley’s Mayhew Road are furious about proposed development - say they received no notice
Spokane Valley residents in the semi-rural neighborhood between Mayhew and Keller Roads protest a proposed single-family development that will change the look of their neighborhood forever.