Party: No party
City: Liberty Lake, WA
Occupation: Incumbent mayor
Education: Graduated from Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines, Washington, in 1968. Graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1973.
Work experience: Retired. Worked for 35 years in pharmaceutical, commercial and retail sales.
Political experience: First elected mayor of Liberty Lake in 2001, and served until 2007. Was defeated in the 2007 election by Wendy Van Orman. Re-elected as mayor in 2011, and ran unopposed in 2015.
Family: Married to Charmaine Peterson since 1996. Has three adult children.
His words: “We’ve got it this far. There’s a little bit further ways to go for the infrastructure, and it’s kind of a passion that I have. Back in the day in 2000, I was 50, I had a full-time job and stuff, and I was busy. Now I’m retired, and now it’s kind of a full-time, fun job.”
His pitch: Peterson believes Liberty Lake is primed for continued development and has his focus on maintaining the infrastructure that’s been put in place since the city incorporated in 2001. The momentum in the city’s parks, roads and beautification programs would continue if he’s granted another term at City Hall. During his time in city government, Liberty Lake has made smart investments in green space and been successful in attracting innovative developers as well as major employers to town. The longtime mayor said the city’s on a good path but needs to continue thinking big about projects that would benefit the public, including a community center.
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.