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Spokane Valley City Council Position 6

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Tim Hattenburg 11,655 52.49%
Rob Chase 10,549 47.51%

* 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

Tim Hattenburg

Spokane Valley, WA

Education: Graduated from Central Valley High School in 1971 and from Washington State University in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Studied history working toward a master’s at Eastern Washington, Whitworth and Gonzaga universities but did not complete a degree.

Work experience: Worked as a history teacher, geography teacher and athletic director for the Central Valley School District for 20 years, before retiring in 1995. Previously invested in several properties and offered high-risk, short-term loans to people buying properties. Has worked as a historical researcher and co-authored a book with his wife about a couple that was murdered in Montana.

Political experience: Ran unsuccessfully for the state Legislature as a Democrat against the late Sen. Bob McCaslin in 2004 and Rep. Matt Shea in 2008. Spent a decade on the Spokane County Library board of trustees and served as chairman and vice chairman of the board. Has been a Democratic Party precinct officer since 1992.

Family: Married to Becky Hattenburg. Has three children and three grandchildren.

Fundraising: Has raised more than $16,300 as of Sept. 26. Notable donors include Spokane County Sheriff John Nowels, the Washington Education Association’s political action committee, the pipefitters union, the Teamsters, the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, the Washington Education Association's political action committee, the Warren G. Magnuson Democratic Club, philanthropists Don Barbieri and Sharon Smith, former Spokane Valley City Councilman Dean Grafos, the Democratic Party’s political action committee for the 4th Legislative District and Lisa Brown, a Spokane mayoral candidate who formerly served as majority leader of the Washington Senate.

Rob Chase


Education: Graduated from Kellogg High School in 1972. Graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, operations management.

Work experience: Is semiretired, but has recently worked as a U.S. Census Bureau enumerator and security guard for Phoenix Protective Corps in Spokane Valley. Worked as an expeditor with Haakon Industries based in Cheney from 2006 to 2007. Held mortgage origination and real estate licenses. Served in U.S. Army Reserves from 1972-78.

Political experience: Elected as a state representative in 2020. Served one term and lost his re-election bid in 2022. Elected Spokane County treasurer in 2010 and 2014. Republican Party precinct committee officer. Ran unsuccessfully for state Senate in 2000, U.S. House in 2002 and Spokane County Commissioner in 2012 and 2018. Served as Eastern Washington coordinator for Ron Paul for President in 2008 and 2012 and Eastern Washington coordinator for Clint Didier’s 2010 Senate campaign.

Family: Married to Chris Chase and has four children.

Campaign contributions: Has raised nearly $4,000 as of Sept. 26. Notable donors include former Spokane County GOP Chairwoman Cindy Zapotocky, attorney Marshall Casey, Spokane County Republican Party Vice Chair MJ Bolt and Duane Alton, a prolific donor to conservative politicians and causes who founded Alton’s Tires.

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.

Democrat seeks second term on Spokane Valley City Council, faces off against conservative challenger Rob Chase

Tim Hattenburg, the only Spokane Valley City Councilman with connections to the Democratic Party, is up against Rob Chase, a Republican with libertarian leanings who has espoused numerous unusual and extreme views. 

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.

Leonard Christian appears headed to state House in race against incumbent Rob Chase for Spokane Valley seat

The Republican real estate agent is on the verge of unseating the Republican lawmaker. 

McCaslin still gaining on Dalton; Chase’s re-election odds look increasingly slim

Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton’s seat appears to be in jeopardy and 4th Legislative District Rep. Rob Chase’s path to victory looks increasingly narrow. 

Republicans win majority on Spokane County Commission; McCaslin gains on Dalton in auditor’s race

Maggie Yates has conceded to Al French, Bob McCaslin is chipping away at Vicky Dalton’s lead and Leonard Christian’s odds of upsetting Rob Chase look increasingly good.