With late votes favoring the incumbent, it appears that Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins will remain on the City Council for another four years.
Election returns on Nov. 7 narrowly favored Higgins’ challenger, Chris Jackson. However, as more ballots were counted, Higgins began to gain momentum. On Monday, Higgins led Jackson by 251 votes.
Higgins will rejoin fellow incumbent Pamela Haley, whose lead remained steady over challenger Angie Beem.
Three other incumbents on the City Council – Caleb Collier, Ed Pace and Mike Munch – will lose their seats to challengers, Brandi Peetz, Ben Wick and Linda (Hatcher) Thompson, respectively.
In other close races, incumbent Patrick Burch has overtaken his challenger, Stan Chalich, for the Spokane Valley Fire Department commissioner Position 1 seat. Chalich was slightly ahead when votes were tabulated on election night. Fellow fire commissioner incumbent Bill Anderson also widened his lead over challenger Larry Rider.
There are a handful of ballots that remain to be counted, and election will not become certified until Nov. 28.