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Spokane Valley City Council, position 2

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Brandi Peetz 7,298 47.09%
Michelle Rasmussen 6,412 41.38%
Robert “Rocky” J. Samson (N) 1,787 11.53%

* 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

Brandi Peetz

Spokane Valley, WA

Her words: “Experience really matters. When I first got elected, I had a lot of skills and background that helped me get through, but, ultimately, nothing can replace experience. Unless you’ve been a council member, no matter how much you get involved, you just don’t know what goes on behind the scenes and how much of a job it really is.”

Her pitch: “The reason I’m running for re-election is because I believe our city deserves good representation. I feel like I am doing a really good job, and I want to continue, because it’s important – especially since our city is getting bigger – that we continue going in a positive direction.”

Education: Earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology from Gonzaga University and an associates degree from Spokane Community College.

Political experience: Has served on the Spokane Valley City Council since 2017. Former vice president of student government at Spokane Community College.

Work experience: Former office manager for Stahl Optical. Was a 911 operator and program support specialist at Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council. Served on the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office’s Citizens Advisory Board.

Family: Married to Chad Peetz.

Michelle Rasmussen

Spokane Valley, WA

Her words: “What could we do to build more revenues to spread the wealth? That is economic growth, and I would move that forward so we can continue the revenues coming in to be able to help support additional programs, such as pavement preservation.”

Her pitch: “The city is doing really well, but I see some things that are a little bit of a concern in keeping us fiscally conservative. And with the planning processes and my experience, I think I’ve got a little bit of an edge there, because I was on the inside knowing it from a staff perspective and the outside of it from a planning commission perspective.”

Education: Earned bachelor’s degree in business and organizational management from Whitworth University.

Political experience: Has served on the Spokane Valley Planning Commission for three years and served as chairwoman last year. Serves on the state Department of Transportation’s Transportation Demand Management Technical Committee and on the Spokane Transit Authority’s Citizen Advisory Committee.

Work experience: Senior director for campus services, parking and transportation at Eastern Washington University. Former director of parking and transportation services at EWU. Worked for the city of Spokane Valley as an executive assistant to the city and deputy city managers. Worked for private companies for more than 25 years and owned a small remodel construction and surround-sound company with her husband.

Family: Married. Two children and one grandson.

Robert "Rocky" J. Samson

No party
Spokane Valley, WA

His words: “Roads, better planning and being accessible is a very top priority to me. I just want to help.”

His pitch: “I’m going to be accessible. I’m going to be here for citizens and listen to their concerns, and I want to invite each and every citizen to come to City Council meetings.”

Education: Graduated from Lincoln Park High School in Michigan in 1987. Apprenticed as a master bricklayer through the bricklayers union in Detroit starting in 1988.

Political experience: None.

Work experience: Owner of Checker Auto Repair and general manager of Checker Auto Sales. Former bricklayer, cab driver and owner of Checker Cab.

Family: Divorced. Has one daughter.

Complete Coverage

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Incumbents advance in Spokane Valley City Council races; Woodard’s opponent uncertain

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Brandi Peetz stresses public safety; challengers focused on leaner government in race for Spokane Valley City Council

While Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Brandi Peetz runs for re-election with a focus on improving public safety and community outreach, two other candidates vying for the nonpartisan position say they can help the city remain fiscally conservative.