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Monday, Mar 2, 2015

Candidate profiles

Gary   Schimmels

Personal: 64, married, 5 children, 6 grandchildren

Employment: Owner, Affordable Lock Express

Education: Graduated Gonzaga Prep, attended Eastern Washington University one year.

Political history: First run for political office

Issues: Would contract with sheriff for law enforcement, need to be sure good people are watching growth.

Finances: Reported $1,050 in contributions as of Sept. 6.

Top priority after taking office: "Start a study for the city manager -- that's going to set the pace and tone for everything in the city."


3015 N. Joel, Otis Orchards, WA 99027


  • Age 64.
  • Born in Spokane
  • Married 41 years to Myrna (Schultheis) Schimmels
  • Five children, six grandchildren
  • Spokane Valley resident/native, grandson of Spokane Valley pioneers.


  • Owner of Affordable Lock Express, 15118 E. Sprague.
  • Board member, 24 years, Consolidated Water District #19, Greenacres.
  • Previously, spent two years with U.S. Army Engineering Battalion; 30 years in road construction and utilities development including eight years as general superintendent with local paving contractors.


  • Northwest Locksmith Association
  • Columbia Basic Locksmith Association
  • Knights of Columbus
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church, Otis Orchards
  • Former member: Associated General Contractors (AGC), National Association of Realtors, WA Association of Realtors, and Spokane Association of Realtors.

    Vision Statement

  • We need to be prudent about providing cost-effective services, such as law enforcement, fire protection, utilities, and transportation, striving to meet the needs of our new city while establishing a working budget. Cooperation among council members will be our immediate challenge drawing from the ideas and experience of each new council member. As we both agree and disagree, our new council must work in harmony. By acting together, we will succeed in establishing the City of Spokane Valley as a vibrant community.

    Cover letter

    A lifetime of experience to offer

    One of the most important events of our lifetime is unfolding as we form the City of Spokane Valley. Our new city has a rich legacy in its history and geography. Early settlers, farmers, and business owners of the Spokane Valley used their resources, foresight, and ingenuity as they planned our future. They established a quality of life we enjoy. Today our challenge lies in preserving our lifestyle.

    We must use these same standards as we move from a township to an organized city government. The aquifer, our sole source of pure drinking water and irrigation, must be preserved through careful growth, development, and planning. Fire, public safety, and other services must be established and maintained in an economically feasible fashion. A shift from county to city government must be accomplished, maintaining some existing services as we forge new ones.

    My work in road construction, housing development, and small business provides insight into how government services work or don't work! As a councilperson, my experience in these areas will be very useful.

    Being a lifetime resident has enabled me to see the beauty in our lakes, rivers, mountains, and countryside. I've raised my family here and they, in turn, are raising their families here. I maintain that as you progress through life you must do your very best. As a councilperson I vow to adhere to this principle. Thank you for your support and don't forget to Vote!

    Gary Schimmels
    Candidate for City Council Position 4

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