Better get cracking if you want your vote to count.
Primary election ballots, which were mailed out at the end of July, must be sent back by Tuesday, Aug. 17. Or they may be dropped off at any of the drop-box locations, including local libraries, up to 8 p.m. on Election Day.
While there isn’t much happening locally in Spokane Valley, there are several area hopefuls seeking political office -- including a race that had, up until last week, been uncontested.
Liberty Lake real estate agent Rob Chase is now running a write-in campaign against incumbent Skip Chilberg for Spokane County treasurer. While Chase’s name won’t appear on the ballot, if he manages to get 1 percent of the primary vote he will be on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. He is running as a Republican against Chilberg, a Democrat.
County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and Thomas Fallquist are unchallenged. Auditor Vicky Dalton, a Democrat, faces Leonard Christian; however, since he is the only challenger, both will automatically advance the general election.
Also, local legislators Matt Shea and Larry Crouse are unchallenged.
Other races, however, are a bit more crowded. Only the top two candidates, regardless of political party, go on to the general election.
From the Valley area, Lori Wick (Independent), Andrew Jackson (Spokane Valley) and Vicki Horton (Newman Lake) look to upend Republican Ralph Baker, incumbent, as county assessor. Democrat Sadie Charlene Cooney, who used to have the job, and Gina McKenzie, another Independent, round out the long list.
Incumbent Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker hails from Spokane Valley and is being challenged by four: Chris Bugbee (Republican), Dave Stevens (also GOP), Frank Malone (Democrat) and Jim Reierson (“Law and Order” Party).
Valley residents won’t have the opportunity to vote in the five-way race for county commissioner in District 3. That’s because that election will be pared down to two candidates in that district, which includes the west side of Spokane along with the West Plains, before going to a countywide election in November.
Incumbent Democrat Bonnie Mager is challenged by Republicans David Elton, Al French, Jeff Holy and Steve Salvatori.
In the statewide races, no one from these parts is attempting to go after incumbent Democrat Patty Murray for senator. However, three locals – Constitution Party candidate Randall Yearout and Democrats Daryl Romeyn and Clyde Cordero – have targeted incumbent Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ 5th District congressional seat. David Fox and Barbara Lampert, both Democrats, round out the list.
In addition to a host of judicial races, local voters also must decide whether or not to agree to the Spokane County Library District’s Proposition 1, which would restore the property tax levy rate to 50 cents per $1,000 in assessed valuation for maintenance and operations purposes.
Those living north of Spokane Valley are being asked to approve a replacement levy in Fire District 9 for maintenance and operation.
And, in Rockford, an emergency medical services property tax of 50 cents per $1,000 is being asked. This replacement levy would continue to pay for ambulance service to the town.
Drop box locations include:
- Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main
- Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne Road
- Fairfield Library, 305 E. Main St.
- Liberty Lake Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave.
- Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley
- STA Plaza, 701 W. Riverside
- Spokane County Elections Office, 1033 W. Gardner Ave.
For more information on the primary election, call 477-2320.