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Saturday, October 24, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spokane Valley Fire Commission, position 1

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Patrick W. Burch 10,330 51.34%
Stan Chalich 9,790 48.66%

* 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.

About The Race

The Candidates

Patrick W. Burch

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City:
Spokane Valley, WA

Education: Graduated from Anaconda (Mont.) High School, 1981. Earned bachelor’s degree at Eastern Washington University in information systems and operations management and completed a Master of Business Administration at Washington State University.

Work experience: Co-owner and business manager of Neurotherapy Northwest. Former vice president of operations at MediServ, a medical billing company. Former financial controller for Boeing Airborn Warning and Control System airplanes, and former industrial engineer for the 757 Final Assembly Division. Served in Navy Reserve for eight years, working on nuclear-powered submarines.

Political experience: Appointed to the Spokane Valley Fire Department board in 2016. Volunteer member of department’s Community Emergency Response Team team in 2008. Served as team leader of Fire Corps, a volunteer group.

Family: Married and has two children.

Stan Chalich

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Work background: Former teacher and sports coach at Central Valley High School for 49 years. Former member of Liberty Lake Property Owners Association. Won Flame of Democracy award from the Washington State Bar Association in 2009. Involved in watershed planning and development of trails.

Education: Graduated from Central Valley High School in 1963. Earned bachelor’s degree from Western Montana College of Education in 1968.

Family: Married to Leslie Chalich. Has three sons.

Complete Coverage

Spokane Valley Fire Commission candidates locked in close races

The races for two Spokane Valley Fire Commission Board seats are too close to call. Stan Chalich, 73, is leading incumbent Patrick Burch with 49.8 percent of the vote for Spokane Valley Fire Commissioner Position 1. Burch was appointed to the fire board of commissioners in 2016.

Contenders in Spokane Valley Fire Commission race focus on finances

For Spokane Valley Fire Board Commissioner Patrick Burch and challenger Stan Chalich, serving the community and ensuring the fire department’s financial longevity is a common goal. Burch, 54, was appointed to the fire board of commissioners in July 2016. Burch has more than nine years of community service experience within the fire department. He served on the Community Emergency Response Team and was a team leader with the Fire Corps, a volunteer group that provides firefighter support services.

Stan Chalich retires from CVHS after 49 years

Stan Chalich, a dedicated Spokane Valley teacher, is retiring from Central Valley High School after 49 years