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City Council Pos. 6

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Laura L. Parsons 552 55.09%
John Paikuli 450 44.91%

* 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

Laura L. Parsons

Medical Lake, WA

Education: Graduated from Cheney High School in 1979. Earned a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology in 1996 and a master’s degree in public administration in 2004 from Eastern Washington University.

Political experience: Has served on the Medical Lake City Council for 16 years and been a chairperson for each council committee. She was mayor pro tem for three years on the council.

Work experience: She has worked as a school bus driver for the past 11 years. Before that she worked as a Spokane Regional Health District social worker for 12 years and a certified nurse’s aid for 10 years.

Family: She has three adult children who attended Medical Lake schools and has two children currently attending schools in the district.

Her pitch: Parsons said her time as an elected official will make her a successful school board member. She said she’s helped manage Medical Lake city finances and advocated for combining the Medical Lake Fire Department with Spokane County Fire District 3. As a school board member, she said she’d advocate for special needs students and better pay for paraeducators.

Her words: “I’d like to help Medical Lake schools to keep being progressive, because I don’t want to see kids falling through gaps.”

John Paikuli

Medical Lake, WA