City: Liberty Lake, Washington
Education: Graduated from Riddle High School in Riddle, Oregon in 1963. Studied business and accounting from Spokane Community College for two and a half years.
Political experience: Served on Spokane Planning Commission for four years. Served on Liberty Lake Planning Commission for two years. Worked on campaigns for multiple city council and mayoral candidates in Spokane.
Work experience: Small business owner for 30 years. Has owned Nortelco since 1988. Owned RV business for about three years. Worked at Old National Bank and Seattle First Bank for about four years combined.
Family: Married to Betty Kennedy. They have two children and a grandson, 9, named Hayden.
Though Mike Kennedy has no personal experience as an elected official, he’s been behind the political scenes of Spokane and Liberty Lake for years, he said. Now he’s a candidate for position 6 on the Liberty Lake City Council. His opponent, Dylan McGuire, says he no longer wants to win the seat, citing an unexpected workload increase at his job. However, he decided to withdraw after the deadline, so his name remains on the ballot, and he is eligible to win the seat.
What if they threw an election and hardly anyone showed up? Does it still count? In Kootenai County, only 5.68 percent of the registered voters bothered to go to the polls or cast write-in ballots in the nonpartisan local elections for hospital, school, water, library, and highway district boards Tuesday. In D.F. Oliveria’s Precinct 52, only 26 of 701 (3.71 percent) of the registered voters cast ballots. Oliveria says it’s time to vote by mail in Idaho, too.