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City Council, Position 7

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Donald Kennedy 296 51.93%
Jessica Roberts 274 48.07%

* 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

Donald Kennedy

Age:
71
City:
Medical Lake, Washington

Education: Graduated from Auburn High School in Auburn, Washington, in 1968. Earned bachelor's degree from Eastern Washington University in geology in 1973, master's at EWU in geology in 1979 and law degree from Gonzaga University in 1991.

Political experience: Lost races for Medical Lake City Council in 2015 and 2017. Appointed to an open seat on the Medical Lake City Council in 2019. 

Work experience: Worked for Farm Credit System either as an employee or as a independent contractor. Ended work career as vice president for mineral operations.

Family: Married to Vickie Kennedy. Has Two sons and five grandchildren. 

 

Jessica Roberts

Age:
43
City:
Medical Lake, WA
Occupation:
Superior Court judicial assistant

Her words: “I just want to be able to provide the best service to our community.”

Her Pitch: Says city needs to improve and modernize its communications with the public, noting that the city’s website was down for many months last year. Believes there are enough emergency calls to justify hiring at least some professional firefighters within four or five years.

Notable experience: Worked at the city starting in 2000 as a temporary utilities clerk and soon became the city’s recreation coordinator, a position she held until 2009 when she became the city’s court administrator. She left city employment in 2014 to take a job as a Spokane County Superior Court judicial assistant. Served on the city’s volunteer fire department from mid-1990s until about 2004.

Education: Graduated from Fairfield High School in California in 1996. Earned bachelor’s in communication studies from Eastern Washington University.