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Candidate list for Spokane County, city elections finalized

May 21, 2021 Updated Tue., May 25, 2021 at 5:03 p.m.

Voters line up to deposit their ballots into a drop box at the Spokane Library South Hill branch in October 2020.  (DAN PELLE/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW)
Voters line up to deposit their ballots into a drop box at the Spokane Library South Hill branch in October 2020. (DAN PELLE/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW)

The slate of candidates vying for local seats in this year’s primary election is set.

Candidates had until 4 p.m. Friday to file paperwork to appear on the Aug. 3 ballot.

The Spokane City Council will have three races, with each district having one of two seats open. Two of the three races have no incumbent running, as incumbent Kate Burke has said she won’t seek a second term and Councilwoman Candace Mumm has reached her term limit.

Candidates for Burke’s seat in northeast Spokane are former mayoral candidate Jonathan Bingle, Parkview Early Learning Center co-owner Luc Jasmin III and Naghmana Sherazi, who ran unsuccessfully for the district’s other seat in 2019.

For Mumm’s spot in the northwest district, five candidates met the filing deadline. They are: yoga teacher and consultant Lacrecia “Lu” Hill; Christopher Savage, who ran unsuccessfully for council in 2019; Karen Kearney, who chairs the Balboa-South Indian Trail Neighborhood Council; Michael Lish, owner of D.Lish’s Hamburgers; and Zack Zappone, a Democrat who unsuccessfully challenged incumbent State Rep. Mike Volz last year.

The only incumbent running is Betsy Wilkerson, who represents the South Hill and downtown Spokane. This would be her first full term, as she was appointed to the council last January to fill a vacant seat.

Only Tyler LeMasters, Realtor and former staffer for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, is running against Wilkerson.

In Spokane Valley, Pam Haley, Rod Higgins, Linda Thompson and Ben Wick are hoping to win second four-year terms on the City Council. All had submitted their paperwork by the deadline.

Haley will face three competitors: Mary Butler-Stonewall, Wayne Fenton and Pat Stretch.

Retired housing and community development specialist Stretch also ran in 2019. Butler-Stonewall is a consultant at the Global Peace Advocacy and Empowerment Initiative, an advocacy organization that promotes peace worldwide.

Fenton is the co-owner of the Black Diamond. His son, Brandon, co-owns the restaurant and is also running for city council to unseat Wick. The Black Diamond gained attention in May 2020 and again in December for violating COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants.

Wick also faces a challenge from Mark McManus.

Higgins will face one competitor, James “JJ” Johnson. Johnson serves on the Spokane County Human Rights Task Force’s board of directors and previously sat on the Spokane Valley Planning Commission.

Thompson faces three competitors. Laura Padden, wife of longtime state Sen. Mike Padden, has worked for the last 15 years as a web developer for the Community Colleges of Spokane. Adam Smith is an owner of Destination Classrooms, which provides education experiences to students outside the classroom. Renault Patrick Evans is also running against Thompson.

Below are the candidates who filed to run for city and town offices in Spokane County.

Airway Heights

City Council

Position 1: Sonny Weathers

Position 2: Arthur Bubb

Position 4: David Malet

Position 6: Davin Perry


Mayor: Chris Grover

City Council

Position 1: Paul Schmidt

Position 3: Justin Amyot, Tim Gainer, Mark Posthuma, Ryan Delaney, Jacquelyn Belock

Position 4: Teresa Overhauser

Deer Park

Mayor: Tim Verzal, Hazel McGillivray, Hargis Adams

City Council

Position 1: Mary J. Babb, Henry Lever, Jason Upchurch, Billy Costello

Position 3: Richard Schut, Heather Newsom, Mike Achurra


Mayor: Jamie L. Paden

Town Council

Position 1: Alisha Anderson

Position 2: Jacob R. Warren


Mayor: Carole Meissner, Brianne Howe

Town Council

Position 1: Yvonne Warren

Position 4: Curt Loucks

Liberty Lake

Mayor: Cris Kaminskas, Steve Peterson

City Council

Position 2: Chris Cargill

Position 4: Jamie Freeze Baird, Mike Behary

Position 6: Mike T. Kennedy

Position 7: Holly A. Woodruff

Medical Lake

Mayor: Shirley Maike, Terri K. Cooper

City Council

Position 1: Donald Kennedy, Howard Griffith

Position 2: Elizabeth Rosenbeck, Dawn Olmstead

Position 3: Arthur (AJ) Burton, Bob Maxwell

Position 4: Tony Harbolt

Position 7: Chad Pritchard


Mayor: Matt Dean, Kevin M. Freeman

City Council

Position 1: Shawna Beese

Position 2: Dan Sander, Becky Dean


Mayor: Carrie Roecks

Town Council

Position 1: Tim Fricke

Position 2: Brian Laude

Position 5: Mark Lonam Jr., Ivan Willmschen, Rachelle Arriaga


Town Council

Position 1: Ron Cockle

Position 2: Rebecca Johnson

Position 5: Austin J Sievers


Municipal Court

Judge No. 1: Kristin C. O’Sullivan

Judge No. 2: Mary C. Logan

Judge No. 3: Matthew Antush, Gloria Ochoa-Bruck

City Council

District 1 (Northeast): Jonathan Bingle, Luc Jasmin III, Naghmana Sherazi

District 2 (South): Tyler LeMasters, Betsy Wilkerson

District 3 (Northwest): Lacrecia (Lu) Hill, Christopher Savage, Karen M. Kearney, Mike Lish, Rob Jones, Zack Zappone

Spokane Valley

City Council

Position 1: Rod Higgins, James “JJ” Johnson

Position 4: Ben Wick, Brandon Fenton, Mark McManus, Christopher Ingraham

Position 5: Pamela Haley, Mary K Butler-Stonewall, Wayne J. Fenton, Pat Stretch

Position 7: Laura Padden, Adam Smith, Linda (Hatcher) Thompson, Renault Patrick Evans


Mayor: Paul Curtis

Town Council

Position 1: Clifford Curtis

Position 2: Joel Martensen

Position 4: Alexander Fuchs

Below are the candidates who filed to run for fire, water, sewer and cemetery districts in Spokane County.

Spokane Valley Fire Commission

Position 3: Brian K. Asmus

Position 4: John Guarisco

Spokane County Fire District 3 Commission

Position 2: Bob Harris

Spokane County Fire District 4 Commission

Position 2: James Lahde

Spokane County Fire District 5 Commission

Position 2: Bonita M. Cobb

Spokane County Fire District 8 Commission

Position 2: Lee C. Boling

Spokane County Fire District 9 Commission

Position 2: Michael Atwood, Brian Mather

Spokane County Fire District 11 Commission

Position 2: Dave Trejbal

Spokane County Fire District 12 Commission

Position 2: Don Evans

Spokane County Fire District 13 Commission

Position 2: Dennis Gleckler, Teresa Phelps

Position 3: Ben Kaiser

Whitworth Water District Commission

Position 3: Leroy (Lee) Legnon, Stevan Veselinovic

Position 4: Marty Hare

Position 5: Chris Johnson

Spokane County Water District 3 Commission

Position 2: Nathan P. Jeffries, Bob Cunningham, Kevin McMulkin

Irvin Water District Commission

Position 3: Susan Darnell

Greenwood Cemetery District Commission

Position 2: Rodney L. Clouse

Moran Cemetery District Commission

Position 1: Kimberley Taylor

Elk Cemetery District Commission

Position 2: Billie I. Martin

Milan Cemetery District Commission

Position 2: Wendi Babcock

Editor’s note: Mary J. Babb and Henry Lever are among four candidates running for position 1 on the Deer Park City Council. Their names were missing in the original version of this article. Also, the original version of this story incorrectly stated the name of a task force, due to an error from a source. It is the Spokane County Human Rights Task Force. James “JJ” Johnson sits on the force’s board of directors. 

Laurel Demkovich's reporting for The Spokesman-Review is funded in part by Report for America and by members of the Spokane community. This story can be republished by other organizations for free under a Creative Commons license. For more information on this, please contact our newspaper’s managing editor.

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