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Northwest Passages hosting Spokane Valley City Council candidate forum

Al Merkel, left, is running for Spokane Valley City Council against incumbent Councilman Arne Woodard
From staff reports

From staff reports

The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages event series is hosting a Spokane Valley City Council candidate forum next week.

The event will start at 5 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center, 1100 N. Sullivan Road. The forum is open to the public, but guests need free tickets, which are available at the Northwest Passages website at The event will stream live on the Spokesman’s YouTube feed and at

Three Spokane Valley council seats are on the Nov. 7 ballot.

For Position 2, Rachel Briscoe, co-owner of a construction company, faces Jessica Yaeger, who works as an aging specialist for Angel Senior Care. Brandi Peetz, who currently holds the seat, opted not to run for a new term.

Incumbent Arne Woodard faces Al Merkel, co-owner of a dog grooming business, in the race for Position 3.

Incumbent Tim Hattenburg faces former state Rep. Rob Chase for Position 6.

Spokesman-Review local government reporter Colin Tiernan will moderate the forum.