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Spokane Valley City Council, Position 4

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Ben Wick 13,452 65.10%
Brandon Fenton 7,212 34.90%

* 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

Ben Wick

Spokane Valley, Washington

Education: Graduated from East Valley High School in 2000. Graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in computer science in 2004.

Work experience: Works in IT, purchasing, shipping, receiving and production scheduling at Spokane Industries. Also owns the Spokane Valley Current and Liberty Lake Splash.

Political experience: Serving his second term on City Council, currently serving as Spokane Valley mayor. (Spokane Valley City Council chooses a mayor from its council members.)

Family: Married to Danica Wick. Has four children.

Campaign fundraising: Raised $15,900 as of Oct. 11, 2021. Wick has given himself $5,300 in in-kind contributions. Contributors include Katie McKay ($1,000), the political action committee of the Inland Northwest chapter of Associated General Contractors of America ($1,000), contractor and Spokane County Commissioner Mary Kuney's husband Max Kuney ($500) and Spokane Valley City Councilmembers Brandi Peetz ($114.50), Tim Hattenburg ($55) and Linda Thompson ($62.50).

Brandon Fenton

Spokane Valley, Washington

Education: East Valley High School graduate and has an associate degree from Spokane Falls Community College

Work experience: Owner of The Black Diamond, a bar and pool hall in Spokane Valley. Formerly worked at the Fairchild Air Force Base with the Washington Air National Guard as a fuel systems journeyman with the rank of technical sergeant.

Political experience: First run for office.

Family: Single. Has two children.

Campaign fundraising: Raised $6,400 as of Oct. 11, including a $5,000 loan given to himself. Contributors include Republican 4th Legislative District Rep. Bob McCaslin ($50), Spokane Valley City Councilman Rod Higgins’ wife Gloria Higgins ($50), vocal John Birch Society member and former Spokane Valley City Councilman Caleb Collier ($100), and Republican 4th Legislative District Rep. Rob Chase ($100). Fenton’s largest donation comes from Brian Weitzel ($200).

Complete Coverage

Growing rift on Spokane Valley City Council? Committee assignment changes show divide between majority and minority

2022 has started off contentious in Spokane Valley City Hall. 

Spokane Valley appoints John Hohman as new city manager

Hohman has worked in Spokane Valley City Hall for more than 18 years and most recently served as deputy city manager under his predecessor, Mark Calhoun. 

Pam Haley chosen as new Spokane Valley mayor: ‘There’s a lot of work to do’

Haley has served on City Council since 2016. 

Spokane Valley hopes to block tax and get $19 million for an underpass during the 2022 legislative session

The city’s legislative agenda includes a mix of specific goals and more conceptual desires. 

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. 

Incumbents Higgins and Thompson trailing in Spokane Valley council election

The balance of power on City Council probably won’t shift based on Tuesday’s partial election results. 

Could a homeless shelter be coming to Spokane Valley? New law makes it far more likely

If any homeless shelters do open up in Spokane Valley, they’re probably going to look dramatically different from the ones in Spokane. 

Veteran versus rookie: Spokane Valley Mayor Ben Wick hoping to fend off bar owner Brandon Fenton

Will Spokane Valley voters go for the familiar Wick or the political rookie Fenton, whose bar stayed open in violation of Gov. Inslee’s stay-at-home order during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Northwest Passages: Spokane Valley City Council Debate - Ben Wick & Brandon Fenton

Debate moderated by Spokesman-Review reporter Colin Tiernan - featuring the race for Spokane City Council Position 4 between Ben Wick and Brandon Fenton

Spokane Valley precinct breakdown shows Wick dominance, tight Thompson-Padden race

It looks like Mayor Ben Wick and Councilwoman Pam Haley won’t have to work hard to retain their seats, but Councilwoman Linda Thompson will have to battle if she’s going to fend off challenger Laura Padden. 

‘A great time for our city’: Wick talks infrastructure, public safety in Spokane Valley State of the City address

Spokane Valley Mayor Ben Wick said the city’s in a great place coming out of the pandemic.

Wick looks to fend off challenge from controversial bar owner

Four candidates will appear on the primary ballot in August for Spokane Valley City Council Position No. 1, but only two appear to be actively campaigning. 

Spokane Valley’s new Streets Sustainability Committee takes shape

Spokane Valley lawmakers have outlined the framework for a new stakeholder group to help officials determine how much to invest into citywide road maintenance.

Spokane Valley City Council passes emergency moratorium on some residential development over code loophole

Spokane Valley City Council has put an emergency moratorium on some residential development for a year, saying the city received complaints that developers have taken advantage of a loophole in recently passed regulations to build multifamily housing in areas where only single family homes are allowed. 

Plans paused for Spokane-area young adult homeless shelter as cities can’t – or won’t – allow it in their borders

Plans for a young adult homeless shelter have stalled after Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward refused to allow it to be located within city limits.