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Spokane Valley City Council, position 5

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Pamela Haley (N) 9,395 61.33%
Angie Beem 5,924 38.67%

* 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

Pamela Haley

No party

Political experience: Served on the Spokane Valley City Council since she was appointed a year ago. Campaigned for Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, for many years.

Work experience: Self-employed for 25 years; owns Rainbow Connection daycare in downtown Spokane, and is part owner of two other childcare facilities. Part owner of Paint and Pints, also in downtown Spokane.

Education: Graduated from Central Valley High School in 1975. Obtained a master’s degree in business administration from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa, in 2000. Earned master’s degree in education from Capella online university, in 2010.

Family: Married for 32 years, no children.

Top priorities if elected: Haley would like to find a way to better recruit and retain police officers, perhaps by Spokane Valley offering a hiring bonus.

She said it’s very important to keep roads in good shape. She said before a funding solution can be chosen, the roads must be assessed carefully so the total cost can be determined.

Haley said the city must continue to bring “good wage-paying jobs to Spokane Valley” especially to the newly expanded industrial park.

Angie Beem

Spokane Valley, Washington

Political experience: None.

Work experience: Is on disability. Last job was in a microbiology laboratory at a local hospital.

Education: Graduated from Wenatchee Valley High School in 1986. Graduated from Wenatchee Valley College in 2000 with an associate degree in applied sciences. Earned bachelor’s degree in visual communication and digital design online from American Intercontinental University, and an MBA with focus on operations management also from American Intercontinental in 2011.

Family: Single, no children.

Top priorities if elected: Wants to establish an ethics commission within city hall, because she believes Spokane Valley’s ethics policy isn’t tough enough and politicians “should be held accountable by a somebody.”

Beem wants to overhaul the city budget and cut spending. For instance, city council members shouldn’t have what she calls “Cadillac health insurance” for the part time job they have.

And she wants to clean up nuisance properties more swiftly and efficiently, as well as help those who are drug addicted and homeless. “It’s our job to take care of our residents,” she said. 

Complete Coverage

Rod Higgins wins close vote to maintain role as Spokane Valley mayor

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.

Three women sworn in for Spokane Valley City Council

There was plenty of applause and smiles at Spokane Valley City Hall Tuesday evening as incumbent Pamela Haley – along with two newly elected councilwomen, Brandi Peetz and Linda (Hatcher) Thompson – took the oath of office for Spokane Valley City Council.

Maps show Valley voters rough on incumbents; Higgins edges ahead of Jackson

Voters throughout the Valley pulled support from most incumbents.

Spokane Valley voters toss incumbents on City Council; Munch, Collier and Pace lose seats

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.

Experience or fresh perspective? Candidates square off in Spokane Valley City Council race

Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Pamela Haley says her competition in November’s election needs to learn more about city government.

Rod Higgins, Pamela Haley top challengers in Spokane Valley City Council races

Chris Jackson and Angie Beem move on to the general election in Spokane Valley

Two of four Spokane Valley candidates have spent time in jail

Two of three candidates challenging incumbent Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Pamela Haley have spent time in jail. One man, Ingemar Lloyd Woods, has been open about his 1993 arrest in which was accused of shooting at police. The other, Robert “Rocky” J. Samson, remains under court supervision for alleged financial crimes in Kentucky.

Candidates for Spokane Valley City Council, Position 5

Candidates for Spokane Valley City Council, Position 5 PAMELA HALEY

Editorial: Haley is clear choice in Valley race

Pamela Haley has business sense, stability and experience. She is the obvious choice in this race.

Higgins, Merkel in Valley council race

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.

Councilmen Sam Wood, Ed Pace want term limits for Spokane Valley

Two Spokane Valley City councilmen are proposing a new addition to Spokane Valley politics: term limits.

Learning on the job: Spokane Valley’s newly appointed leaders get into routine

They’ve spent a couple of months in the occasionally hot seats of the Spokane Valley City Council and they are beginning to get a feel for how city government works.