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Cheney City Council, position 6

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Jill Weiszmann 1,083 63.67%
Allan Gainer 618 36.33%

* 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

Jill Weiszmann

Cheney, WA

Education: Earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Oklahoma City University. 

Work Experience: Has background in construction including assisting the city of Simi Valley, California, and Spokane with housing rehabilitation programs for around 20 years. Member of the International Conference of Building Officials (now the Universal Building Officials), vice president of a chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction.

Political Experience: Appointed to the Cheney City Council in 2011, elected to the council in 2011 and 2015. Served as parks board commissioner for three years before joining the city council. Has served on the Spokane County Growth Management Steering Committee of Elected Officials since 2012. Served on Spokane Transit Authority Board of Directors from 2015 to 2017, served on all four council committees and is currently the chairwoman of the general government committee. 

Family: Widow. She has one daughter and two grandchildren. 

Allan Gainer

Cheney, WA

Education: Graduated from Cheney High School. Earned degree from Eastern Washington University in 1985. Received a master’s in management from Webster University in 1989 and has journalism training from the Navy. 

Work Experience: Works as a senior multimedia sales executive with The Spokesman-Review and owned numerous businesses in Cheney including Tree of Knowledge Bookstore and an American Family Insurance office. Served in the Navy for 8 years as a Navy journalist and is now a Quartermaster for the VFW. Served on the West Plains Chamber as a member and former board member and as a Cheney Merchant Association co-founder and former chairman. 

Political Experience: Cheney Mayor from 2006 to 2009 and lost reelection in 2009. Served on the Spokane Regional Transportation Council, the Spokane Transit Authority and the Spokane County Growth Management Steering Committee of Elected Officials.

Family: Married to Trish Gainer. They have two kids. 

Complete Coverage

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