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Central Valley School Board, District 5

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Pam Orebaugh 10,129 65.34%
Rob Linebarger 5,373 34.66%
Stan Chalich, write-in candidate 0 0%

* 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

Pam Orebaugh

Newman Lake, Washington

Education: Raised in Montana, earned bachelor’s degree in science and nursing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a master’s degree in science and nursing with an emphasis in education from Aspen University in Colorado.

Political Experience: Helped with conservative campaigns, including the Referendum 90 signature gathering and campaign.

Work Experience: Has worked as a registered nurse since 1992. Worked as a flight nurse for over 10 years. Currently the lead faculty nurse educator for obstetric nursing at the Washington State University College of Nursing.

Family: Married for 15 years to Chad Orebaugh. Has five children.

Rob Linebarger

Liberty Lake, Washington

Education: Graduated from Riverside High School in 1984 and earned an undergraduate business degree with an emphasis in accounting and communications from Oregon State University

Political Experience: First run for office, but endorsed his opponent, Pam Orebaugh, after he and Orebaugh advanced to the November election.

Work experience: Retired Naval aviator with 23 years of service, including combat tours post-9/11. Currently the director of global customer quality data services at Cisco.

Family: Married. Has six children.

Stan Chalich, write-in candidate

Liberty Lake, Washington

Write-in candidate

Education: Veradale Elementary School, Progress Elementary School, Greenacres Junior High, Issaquah Junior High, Central Valley High School. Earned associates degree at Columbia Basin College Montana-Western in Dillon. Earned bachelor's in education and history. 

Political Experience: Ran for Spokane Valley Fire Commissioner in 2017

Work experience: As a teenager worked in a produce stand, sold flowers and was a roofer. Later, Chalich coached football, wrestling, baseball, basketball and tennis during a 49-year career at Central Valley High School. Originally a social studies and history teacher, over the course of time, Chalich says he put the emphasis on civics, government and the legal system. Also taught sociology, psychology and economics. Awards include Teacher of the Year and the 2009 Flame of Democracy award from the Washington State Bar Association for excellence in teaching civics and government.

Family: Raised in Spokane Valley, the youngest of seven. Married to Leslie. Has three grown sons.




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

Pam Orebaugh, Teresa Landa defeat write-in candidates for Central Valley School Board

Voters in the Central Valley School District elected school board candidates with opposing views on pandemic policies in Tuesday’s election.

Opponents of CDC recommendations on masking mandates advance in Central Valley School Board race

Voters in Tuesday’s primary election for the Central Valley School Board gave Pam Orebaugh a clear victory and Rob Linebarger a likely lead for a spot on the November ballot.

Three first-time candidates vie for Central Valley School Board seat

Voters in the Central Valley School District will choose among three first-time candidates opposed to mask mandates in a race for school board on the Aug. 3 primary ballot.