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Monday, Mar 2, 2015

Candidate profiles

Diana   Wilhite

Personal: Married, one grown daughter.

Employment: Partner with her husband Rick in Safeguard Business Forms & Systems for more than 20 years.

Education: Bachelor's degree in history, University of Maryland; post-graduate studies in political science, Sangamon State University.

Political history: Precinct committee officer for 15 years. Formerly vice chairwoman of Spokane County Republican Party. Served as campaign manager for Sen. Bob McCaslin.

Issues: City should be partner in Mirabeau Point community center. City must carefully balance growth and business development with protecting current lifestyle in Valley.

Finances: Raised about $920 as of Wednesday.

Top priority after taking office: "Make sure . . . we don't have to look at raising taxes."


11106 E. 36th, Spokane, WA 99206


  • Bachelor of arts in history, University of Maryland
  • Postgraduate studies in political science- Sangamon State University

    Work history

  • Partner, Safeguard Business Forms and Systems for more than 20 years. Provide consulting in the area of accounting and the printing of checks, forms and other materials for all types of business applications.


  • Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce board of trustees.
  • National Association of Women Business Owners, Inland Northwest Chapter; founder and first president; presently Western regional representative for the national organization's public policy council.
  • National Federation of Independent Business Washington State Leadership Council.
  • Spokane Area Workforce Development Council executive committee.
  • 5th Congressional District Business Advisory Council member.
  • Fairchild Air Force Base honorary commander.
  • Inland Power & Light Co. board of trustees,1992 to 2001.
  • Washington State 4-H Foundation board, 1994 to 1999.
  • United Way of Spokane County loaned executive, 1994.
  • Central Valley School District committee on student housing, 1986 to 1988 and 1991.
  • Eastern Washington University Business Advisory Council, 1980 to 1989.


  • Women in Business Advocate of the Year for Region X by the U.S, Small Business Administration, 1998.
  • Outstanding Community Service by the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce, 1993.

    Cover letter

    Want to hold campaign to promises

    My name is Diana Wilhite and I want to help shape and direct the future of the City of Spokane Valley, providing business opportunities that will benefit our children and grandchildren. I am running for the Spokane Valley City Council because I want to make sure that the incorporation campaign promise of no tax increases will be a reality. As a small business owner, I know about budgets, controlling expenses and securing financing. This knowledge and skills will be invaluable as we work toward making the City a reality.

    To preserve and protect the Valley lifestyle, the new city council must carefully listen to the needs of the community, weighing all options. My twenty years as a small business owner and involvement in community activities including the Central Valley School District Bond Election Committee, Inland Power & Light Board of Trustees, 4-H leader and Spokane County Sewer Advisory Committee has given me the expertise to understand financial statements and bonding capacity, how to interview and assess abilities for hiring city personnel, enact ordinances that must be written and set a vision to ensure the economic vitality of the Valley. One of my major strengths is the ability to listen, analyze and reaffirm what people are saying in order to determine the best course of action to take. I have done citizen lobbying on a variety of issues with county officials, state legislators and federal representatives. Therefore I feel I have the skills, knowledge and abilities necessary to be a valued member of the Spokane Valley City Council.

    Diana Wilhite

    Candidate for City Council Position 1

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