Party: No party
City: Liberty Lake, WA
Education: Graduated from Shadle Park High School in Spokane in 1993. Received a degree in interdisciplinary studies, with an emphasis on criminology and education, from Eastern Washington University in 1998.
Work experience: Works as a national sales manager for Cordant Health Systems, a toxicology lab with offices in Spokane. Previously worked in sales for other toxicology lab companies. Served as a volunteer police officer in Liberty Lake for the past 12 years.
Political experience: Elected to Liberty Lake City Council in 2011 in first run for political office. Ran unopposed for the seat in 2015.
Family: Married to Jamie Brickner. Has three children.
His words: “I like to plan. I like to make sure we do things the right way. We kind of tend to have a very quick approach with things in the city, very reactive vs. proactive. That’s a big focus for me. I want to create a mindset in this community, and it’s something I’ve always believed in, that this is about we, not me.”
His pitch: Brickner applauds his opponent, Mayor Steve Peterson, for his passion, but says Liberty Lake needs more long-term plans to be able to support the growth that will occur over the next two decades. That includes a specific plan for pedestrian access in town and for neighborhood streets, beyond just the major roads in the city of roughly 11,000 people. During his eight years on the City Council, Brickner said he’s reached out to local residents and business owners about their issues and believes more transparency at City Hall will help boost voter confidence in decisions being made by the government.
- Web: bricknerformayor.com
Peterson has served as mayor for all but four years of the city’s existence. Brickner, 44, will take office in January and said his goal is to craft more comprehensive growth plans for the burgeoning city and increase collaboration between his office and city lawmakers.
City Councilman Shane Brickner held a 207-vote lead on Steve Peterson, who’s held the office of Liberty Lake mayor for all but four years of the city’s existence, after votes were tallied Tuesday.
Mayor Steve Peterson said Liberty Lake needs to continue to think big about its services and offerings to the population, which is expected to grow more than 60% over the next two decades. City Councilman Shane Brickner said Liberty Lake would do well to create more long-term, detailed plans about how it will deal with that boom.