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Medical Lake City Council, position 5

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Theodore Olson 550 58.82%
Gary Plumlee 385 41.18%

* 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

Theodore Olson

Medical Lake, Washington

Political experience: Active in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.

Work experience: Worked for the Department of Social and Health Services for 21 years as well as the Consolidated Support Services. He was an equipment operator and a licensed wastewater treatment operator. He is a substitute bus driver. Served two years in the U.S. Navy.

Education: Graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1967 and went to Walla Walla Community College. Licensed wastewater treatment operator. Board member at the Water Operator Workshop.

Family: He and his wife have eight children, 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Priorities: Olson wants to make sure the main road is inviting to visitors by cleaning up the lots lining it. He wants new businesses to be attracted to Medical Lake as a venue. He also would like to re-evaluate issues concerning the city’s fire and police department.

Gary Plumlee


Political experience: None.

Work experience: Worked as a diplomatic security specialist for Triple Canopy Inc., a private security company contracted by the U.S. State Department. Employed as a Services Manager at the Davenport Hotel for more than four years. Served four years in the Marine Corps.

Education: Graduated from North Central High School in 2005 and received associates degree from Spokane Falls Community College in 2017. He is pursuing a social sciences degree from Washington State University.

Family: He is married and his first child was born this July.

Priorities: Plumlee wants to revitalize the core of downtown Medical Lake. The lack of business is hurting the town, he said. He believes the size of Medical Lake merits its own police department if it’s feasible.

Complete Coverage

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