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Medical Lake mayor

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Shirley Maike 527 54%
Mikeal Suniga 449 46%

* 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

Shirley Maike

Medical Lake, Washington

Education: Legal certificate from Spokane Community College.

Political Experience: Incumbent Medical Lake City Council member where she has served for 20 years. Serves as Medical Lake representative on the Spokane County Community Housing and Development Committee. Former member of the Medical Lake Civil Service Commission, Planning Commission and Spokane County Boundary Review Board.

Job Experience: Worked way up from clerical work to chief operations manager at Eastern State Hospital, where she worked for 40 years. Compliance officer at Passages Family Support in Spokane.

Family: Married, no children.

Mikeal Suniga

Medical Lake, Washington
Police Officer

Education: Associates degree from Community College of the Air Force.

Political Experience: Previously ran for mayor.

Job Experience: Has been member of National Guard since April 2001, and has deployed six times to United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Colombia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Qatar. Former police officer for Medical Lake Police Department currently police officer at Airway Heights Police Department.

Family: Divorced, no children.

Complete Coverage

Medical Lake mayoral candidates differ on re-establishing independent police force

Eight years after Medical Lake decided to disband its independent police department, Mikeal Suniga said it’s time to re-establish it. But his challenger in the race to lead the city, Shirley Maike, said the town is served well by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

City Council members and police officer vie for Medical Lake mayor position

Medical Lake residents can choose among two longtime City Council members or a police officer to lead their city. On the August primary ballot three candidates, Shirley Maike, Laura Parsons and Mike Suniga are vying for the spot. The winner will replace Mayor John Higgins, who opted not to run for a new term.