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Spokane Valley City Council, position 7

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Linda (Hatcher) Thompson 8,967 56.45%
Mike Munch 6,917 43.55%

* 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

Linda (Hatcher) Thompson

Spokane Valley, WA

Education: Graduated from Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley in 1971. Holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.

Political experience:Lobbies state and local policymakers as the executive director of the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council (GSSAC). Was a finalist for a vacant Spokane Valley City Council seat in 2013 but lost a tie vote after a coin toss decided the matter. Ran unsuccessfully against Councilman Rod Higgins later in 2013. Ran unsuccessfully against Republican state Rep. Larry Crouse in 2008. Served on the Washington State Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse from 2002 to 2010, and the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention since 2000. Served on the steering committee in charge of a park expansion and library project in Spokane Valley.

Work experience: Executive director of GSSAC since 1993. Worked for Washington Mutual from 1978 to 1992 and previously spent several years at a small brokerage firm.

Family: Married. Has two adult children.

Mike Munch

Spokane Valley, Washington

Education: Graduated from West Valley High School in Spokane Valley in 1996. Briefly attended community college before starting a four-year apprenticeship through a carpenters union.

Political experience:Treasurer of Stevens County Republican Party from 2012 to 2014. Delegate to GOP state convention in 2008 and 2012. Appointed to fill a vacancy on the Spokane Valley City Council in July 2016. Lists state Rep. Matt Shea, Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase and former Valley City Councilwoman Brenda Grassel among references.

Work experience:President of Able Construction since 2006. Worked for Bouten Construction from 2003 to 2005 and then Kiewit Construction until 2006.

Family: Married. Has three daughters.

Complete Coverage

Patrick Kennedy to speak in Spokane about mental health and addiction treatment

Patrick Kennedy, who represented Rhode Island in the House of Representatives from 1995 to 2011, will speak Wednesday at a community conversation on mental health sponsored by Providence Health Care and Eastern Washington University.

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.

Thompson, Peetz best choices for Spokane Valley council

Spokane Valley voters have a decision to make about what kind of council it wants. It can be ideologically driven, or it can stick to the basics of the job while considering regional solutions. If voters prefer the latter, they will select Linda Thompson and Brandi Peetz..

Spokane Valley councilman who didn’t disclose juvenile felony charges when appointed hoping to retain seat

Drug and alcohol abuse have affected two Spokane Valley City Council candidates in very different ways.

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.