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Medical Lake City Council, position 2

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
John Merrick 528 56.71%
Elizabeth Rosenbeck 403 43.29%

* 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

John Merrick

Medical Lake, Washington

Political experience: None

Work experience: Is a paramedic for American Medical Response of Spokane County. Formerly a Medical Services Officer at Medical Lake Fire Department, electrician for TAVA technologies, former juvenile detention officer at Martin Hall Juvenile Detention Facility, former U.S. Navy aviation electrician working on EA-6B Prowlers, former Navy Active Reserves aviation electrician’s mate loadmaster DC-9.

Education: Certificate of paramedic training from Spokane Community College. Certified in multiple areas from the National Fire Academy.

Priorities: Promoting and attracting businesses to the city; hiring a fire chief for the all-volunteer fire department; looking at the cost of bringing back a police department.

Family: Married. Has two children.

Elizabeth Rosenbeck

Medical Lake , WA

Political experience: Appointed to open seat on Medical Lake City Council in 2016. Served on the Parks and Recreation, Finance and Public Safety committees of Medical Lake.

Work experience: Has worked as a project coordinator for 15 years and has worked for many firms, including OAC Services, CH2M Hill and FL Smidth. Served in the Air Force as a Morse systems operator from 1981 to 1987.

Education: Graduated from Coronado High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1981, and received a bachelor’s in business management from Whitworth University in 2007.

Priorities: Her top priority is to create a nonvolunteer fire department and EMT system.

Family: Has 17-year-old twins.

Complete Coverage

Incumbent Medical Lake councilwoman stands by sheriff’s contract; challenger open to forming police department

The two candidates for position 2 on the Medical Lake City Council agree the city’s fire department needs paid staff, but they disagree on how to provide law enforcement to the town. Incumbent Elizabeth Rosenbeck, 54, aims to retain her seat on City Council against candidate John Merrick. She was appointed to the council in 2016 to fill the late Howard Jorgensen’s position.

Three of five Medical Lake City City Council incumbents face challengers

Meet the candidates for Medical Lake City Council’s Positions 2, 4 and 5.