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Council Pos. 5

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Shane Brickner (N) 911 52.09%
Keith L. Kopelson 838 47.91%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

The Candidates

Shane Brickner

No party
Liberty Lake, WA

Education: Graduated from Shadle Park High School in Spokane in 1993. Received a degree in interdisciplinary studies, with an emphasis on criminology and education, from Eastern Washington University in 1998. 

Work experience: Works as a national sales manager for Cordant Health Systems, a toxicology lab with offices in Spokane. Previously worked in sales for other toxicology lab companies. Served as a volunteer police officer in Liberty Lake for the past 12 years. 

Political experience: Elected to Liberty Lake City Council in 2011 in first run for political office. Ran unopposed for the seat in 2015. 

Family: Married to Jamie Brickner. Has three children. 

His words: “I like to plan. I like to make sure we do things the right way. We kind of tend to have a very quick approach with things in the city, very reactive vs. proactive. That’s a big focus for me. I want to create a mindset in this community, and it’s something I’ve always believed in, that this is about we, not me.”

His pitch: Brickner applauds his opponent, Mayor Steve Peterson, for his passion, but says Liberty Lake needs more long-term plans to be able to support the growth that will occur over the next two decades. That includes a specific plan for pedestrian access in town and for neighborhood streets, beyond just the major roads in the city of roughly 11,000 people. During his eight years on the City Council, Brickner said he’s reached out to local residents and business owners about their issues and believes more transparency at City Hall will help boost voter confidence in decisions being made by the government.

Keith L. Kopelson


Education: Graduated from Parkway West High School in Chesterfield, Missouri, in 1983.

Political experience: Appointed to the Liberty Lake City Council in 2012. Won election in 2013. Stepped down in 2016 due to health reasons.

Work experience: Has decades of experience in property management. Manages and co-owns the Liberty Lake Portal, an office building. Co-owns a weight loss clinic called Washington Medical Group. Co-owns Laundry Land, a north Spokane laundromat. Co-owns Blackjack Business Services, which is primarily a security guard company.

Family: Married to Nicki Kopelson. Has four kids.

Fundraising: None as of June 30.