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Candidates on the issues: Rod Higgins and James “JJ” Johnson

  • Should Spokane Valley have its own police department instead of contracting with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office?

    • Rod Higgins Not right now, but it could be necessary in the future
    • James "JJ" Johnson No
  • Should Spokane Valley incorporate annual road maintenance into its general budget?

    • Rod Higgins No, but necessary right now because no alternative
    • James "JJ" Johnson Yes
  • Should Spokane Valley have a homeless shelter within city limits?

    • Rod Higgins Preferably no, but it's probably unavoidable.
    • James "JJ" Johnson It should be considered.
  • Are you in favor of City Council's recent decisions to buy land for parks and trails expansion?

    • Rod Higgins Not entirely opposed, but shouldn't have bought Flora Road property during pandemic.
    • James "JJ" Johnson Yes
  • Do you agree with the Spokane Public Health board's decision last fall to fire Dr. Bob Lutz?

    • Rod Higgins Yes
    • James "JJ" Johnson Unsure, because too little information about decision made public.
  • What does Spokane Valley need more: Single family housing or multi-family housing?

    • Rod Higgins Single-family
    • James "JJ" Johnson Either, the city needs owner-occupied housing.
  • Are you in favor of Gov. Jay Inslee's mask and vaccine mandates?

    • Rod Higgins No
    • James "JJ" Johnson Yes, unfortunately they've been necessary to save lives.
  • Would you support a city mandate requiring all Spokane Valley employees to get vaccinated?

    • Rod Higgins No
    • James "JJ" Johnson Yes, for employees who can't work remotely and don't have religious or medical exemptions