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Arne Woodard

A candidate for Spokane Valley City Council Position 3, City of Spokane Valley in the 2023 Washington General Election, Nov. 7

Age: 70

City: Spokane Valley, WA

Education: Graduated from Gonzaga Prep in 1971 and attended Spokane Community College for about a year and a half. 

Political experience: Has served on the City Council since 2011 and is the longest serving councilman in Spokane Valley history. 

Work experience: Owned real estate business from 1994 to 2018. Previously worked in construction and rebuilding homes damaged by floods or storms. Has worked on road and underground utility projects. Has owned a bakery named Backburner Breads, sold bread-making equipment and owned a health food store called Magic Mill. 

Family: Married to Charmagne Woodard. Has seven children and 15 or so grandchildren. 

Fundraising: Has raised more than $10,600 as of Sept. 26, and also began his campaign with an additional $5,225 in funds. Woodard has received several donations from individuals and companies in the real estate and construction industries. Other notable donors include Spokane Valley City Councilman Rod Higgins, former Spokane County GOP Chairwoman Cynthia Zapotocky, Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Laura Padden and state Sen. Mike Padden.

Race Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Al (Albert) Merkel 14,181 65.92%
Arne Woodard 7,333 34.08%

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