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Spokane Valley City Council, Position 4

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Ben Wick 8,915 60.34%
Brandon Fenton 4,450 30.12%
Christopher Ingraham 735 4.97%
Mark McManus 675 4.57%

* 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

Age:
40
City:
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

Age:
40
City:
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).

Christopher Ingraham

City:
Spokane Valley, Washington

Mark McManus

City:
Spokane Valley, Washington

Complete Coverage

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

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Spokane Valley’s new Streets Sustainability Committee takes shape

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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.

Two Spokane Valley City Council members say they won’t vote for budget over disagreement on street repairs

At least two council members say they won’t vote for Spokane Valley’s 2021 budget, saying the city council needs to find a sustainable way for the city to maintain its streets. Over the past five years revenue sources the city has traditionally depended on have waned and the city has had too find other sources, such as rollover revenue from economic boom years. 

Spokane Valley to spend last of CARES funding on small business grants, food, schools

Spokane Valley City Council has voted to allocate the last of it’s CARES funds to small business grants, non profits and food assistance.

Scooters, electric bikes now allowed on Spokane Valley Trails

Electric scooters and bikes will now be allowed on the Appleway and Centennial Trails in Spokane Valley, as long as there operated at safe speeds.

Spokane Valley City Council votes to pursue purchase of 45-acre property for new park

Spokane Valley City Council voted Tuesday night to move forward on purchasing a 45-acre parcel on the Spokane River which could be turned into a park.

Spokane Valley public commenters will now have to stick to city business after city council vote

Those looking to public comment at Spokane Valley City Council will be restricted to talking about city business after Spokane Valley City Council voted to restrict their public forum.