City: Spokane Valley, Washington
Political experience: Appointed to Spokane Valley City Council in 2013 and elected to the position in 2013 and 2017. He served as a city of Spokane Valley planning commissioner from January 2012 until his appointment to the council. Served as Spokane Valley mayor from 2016 to 2020.
Work experience: Spent much of his career in the mining industry. Was executive director of the Nevada Mining Association for four years. He is the retired director of International Society of Mine Safety Professionals.
Military experience: Served two years in the Army.
Education: Graduated from high school in Wallace. Earned bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho in finance in 1964.
Family: Married to Gloria Higgins for 50 years. Has two kids.
Campaign fundraising: Raised $17,900, as of Oct. 11, 2021, including more than $5,800 that he loaned to himself. Contributors include Spokane Valley businessman Jack Pring ($1,000), former Spokane County Republican Party chairwoman Cynthia Zapatocky ($1,000), Associated Builders and Contractors ($500), Republican state Sen. Mike Padden ($125), candidate for Spokane Valley City Council Position 7 Laura Padden ($125), Spokane County Assessor Tom Konis and Kathy Konis, ($50 each), and Spokane Valley City Councilman Arne Woodard ($500).
- Web: reelectrodhiggins.us
Haley has served on City Council since 2016.
Although the 2021 general election was almost a month ago, the last Spokane-area contest wasn’t settled until last week, with the recount that confirmed Rod Higgins was re-elected to a Spokane Valley council seat.
The recount didn’t change a single vote.
Higgins trailed on election night by 1.5 percentage points, but he pulled ahead as more ballots came in.
Back to the right: Thompson loss, Higgins comeback will give Spokane Valley City Council a conservative majority
How the new conservative majority might govern differently is an open question.
The balance of power on City Council probably won’t shift based on Tuesday’s partial election results.
Spokane Valley City Council member Rod Higgins debates challenger J.J. Johnson on the Northwest Passages livestream. The opening statements of the debate were cut off by technical difficulties in the studio.
Longtime Spokane Valley City Councilman Rod Higgins is facing off against JJ Johnson as he fights to retain his seat.
Spokane Valley councilmember decries state COVID-19 mandates; claims rules are ‘destroying our city’
State-issued mandates aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19 amid the ongoing pandemic are “destroying” Spokane Valley, a member of its City Council alleged Tuesday.