City: Medical Lake, Washington
Education: Graduated from Indian Creek High School in Trafalgar, Indiana in 1984. Earned associates degree in criminal justice from Spokane Community College in 2015.
Political experience: Ran as Republican for Stevens County coroner in 2002, capturing 49 percent of the vote. Lost in the primary for Medical Lake mayor in 2009. Served as secretary on the Colville Civil Service Commission.
Work experience: Works as safety officer for the Airway Heights Correction Center for 10 years. Served as Medical Lake police chief for about five years starting in 2003. Former Kettle Falls police chief. Served 11 years in Colville Police Department working up to the rank of sargeant. He also has been a volunteer EMT, shop steward for Teamsters 690, and Substance Abuse Coalition member. Current volunteer member of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team with the corrections department. Served in the U.S. Army for six years and was member of the Army National Guard.
Family: Married to Carolyn Harbolt. Has two grown sons.
A man who ran for the Medical Lake City Council this year will have to pay about $1,000 for a ballot recount that confirmed he lost the race.
Both candidates for position 4 on the Medical Lake City Council say more study is needed before abandoning the city’s partnership with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Don Kennedy, a resident of 21 years and retired attorney, said that as debate continues about a possible end to Medical Lake’s contract with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, his main objective is maintaining an economically responsible budget.
Meet the candidates for Medical Lake City Council’s Positions 2, 4 and 5.