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Liberty Lake mayor

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Shane Brickner (N) 2,033 56.95%
Steve Peterson (N) 1,537 43.05%

* 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

Shane Brickner

No party
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.

Steve Peterson

No party
Liberty Lake, WA
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. 

Complete Coverage

Shane Brickner defeats Steve Peterson to become Liberty Lake’s third mayor

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.

Challenger Shane Brickner leading incumbent Liberty Lake Mayor Steve Peterson

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.

Longtime Liberty Lake mayor faces city councilman in re-election race as town continues to grow

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.