4 for 4: Getting to know Spokane Valley City Council candidate Lance Gurel
Lance Gurel is a candidate for Spokane Valley City Council position no. 3.
Gurel is a certified public accountant with experience in governmental accounting and budgeting. He previously worked as the director of development and financial officer for Arkansas Tech University. He additionally served as a finance analyst at Florida State University. He also has worked as a carpenter, mechanic and welder.
Gurel holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Arkansas Tech University and an MBA in finance from the University of Arkansas Little Rock.
Gurel answered the following four questions for 4 News Now.
What is the biggest issue currently facing Spokane Valley?
My priority is making Spokane Valley a safe place to live, work, play, worship, and go to school for
everyone. I support fulling funding Crisis Response teams that pair mental health professionals with our
police officers so that those teams are available every shift in Spokane Valley. And I support the proposal for a Crisis Center to be located here in Spokane Valley to help our residents in crisis in a humane and cost-effective setting, lessening the load of our police force and hospital emergency room. I support working collaboratively with the City of Spokane to arrange shelter beds for those of our people who find themselves on the streets and without homes.
What are potential opportunities of Spokane Valley’s growth and what challenges need to be
Spokane Valley has grown to be a city of 100,000 people, and with that growth have come new, big-city
problems. Spokane Valley needs to address urban sprawl and the growing congestion of our roads by
playing a more active role in the growth of the city. We should work to incentivize development where
we have the infrastructure to support it. Spokane Valley is a great place for new business. The city council can help make it even better by addressing the quality-of-life issues so necessary to attract and retain 21st- century businesses andworkforces. We should continue to add to our park system and provide funding for development of new parks.
What is your stance on the proposed development of the old Painted Hills Golf Course?
The city council erred when they passed up the opportunity to purchase the old Painted Hills Golf
Course: we should have purchased the property then to create a regional park, and I believe we should
consider the option of repurchasing the property. Questions have been raised about the suitability of
the property for housing due to drainage and flood problems. If true, and the property is not suitable for
development, the City of Spokane Valley should offer to buy the property at the original sale price.
What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?
The accomplishment I am most proud of is the part I played in raising my five children. Along with
Kimma, my wife of 36 years, I helped raise five amazing children who, each in their own way, have
dedicated their lives to helping others and making this world a better place. I am so proud to have raised children who know that the good fortune we have in life is a gift, and a gift to give back. To see your values in your children is a wonderful feeling
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