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Spokane Valley City Council Position 2

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Jessica Yaeger 13,688 63.82%
Rachel Briscoe 7,759 36.18%

* 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

Jessica Yaeger


Education: Graduated from Central Valley High School in 1998. Received a liberal arts degree in 2003 from Spokane Community College. Received a bachelor's degree in social sciences in 2012 from Washington State University. 

Political experience: Has been a Spokane County Republican Party precinct committee officer since last year. 

Work experience: Has spent much of her career in hospice. Currently works as an aging specialist for Angel Senior Care. Has previously run assisted living and memory care facilities. Former executive director of Pegasus Senior Living and Rose Pointe Assisted Living and Memory Care, according to her LinkedIn, although during an interview declined to name the companies. Worked in an ophthalmology office. Has served on the Senior Action Network of Eastern Washington's board. 

Family: Husband is Scott Buettner. Has three boys. 

Fundraising: Has raised more than $23,300 as of Sept. 26. Notable donors include Spokane Valley Mayor Pam Haley, former Spokane County GOP Chairwoman Cindy Zapotocky, Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Laura Padden, state Sen. Mike Padden (R-Spokane Valley) and Gloria Higgins, wife of Spokane Valley City Councilman Rod Higgins.

Rachel Briscoe


Education: Graduated from North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo, Washington, in 2002. Earned a bachelor's degree in history in 2008 from Eastern Washington University. Received a master's degree in educational psychology in 2011 from Northern Arizona University. Has a leadership certificate from Whitworth University. 

Political experience: None. 

Work experience: Co-owner of Briscoe Construction. Used to manage residence halls at Eastern Washington University, Northern Arizona University and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Co-founder of Spokane Ladies Business Community, a coaching and networking group for women who own or operate businesses. 

Family: Married to Jeff Briscoe. Has three kids. 

Fundraising:  Has raised nearly $13,500 as of Sept. 26. Notable donors include Spokane Valley City Councilman Ben Wick and Spokane County Sheriff John Nowels.

Complete Coverage

Woodard thumped by Merkel in Spokane Valley City Council race; Hattenburg holds large lead over Chase

Arne Woodard, the longest serving city councilman in Spokane Valley’s brief history, lost to Al Merkel by 30 percentage points. 

City Council candidates debate Spokane Valley issues at S-R event

City Council candidates Thursday night debated major Spokane Valley issues at the Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center.

Yaeger and Briscoe vying to replace Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Brandi Peetz

The two conservatives are both making their first runs for office. 

Yaeger to advance in Spokane Valley City Council election, but November opponent uncertain

Jessica Yaeger, a political rookie who works in senior care, has advanced to the general election in the race for Spokane Valley City Council. But it’s not yet certain who her opponent will be November.

MMA fighter, construction company owner and a senior care specialist vie for Valley City Council seat

Adam “Smash” Smith, Rachel Briscoe and Jessica Yaeger all hope to succeed Brandi Peetz on the City Council. 

Upcoming Spokane Valley elections feature intriguing match-ups

Three Spokane Valley City Council seats are up for grabs this year, and all three races offer plenty of intrigue.