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Medical Lake School Board, position 3

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Laura Parsons 972 50.23%
Felicia Jensen 963 49.77%

* 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.

About The Race

The Candidates

Laura Parsons

Party:
Age:
59
City:
Medical Lake, WA

Education: Graduated from Cheney High School in 1979. Earned a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology in 1996 and a master’s degree in public administration in 2004 from Eastern Washington University.

Political experience: Has served on the Medical Lake City Council for 16 years and been a chairperson for each council committee. She was mayor pro tem for three years on the council.

Work experience: She has worked as a school bus driver for the past 11 years. Before that she worked as a Spokane Regional Health District social worker for 12 years and a certified nurse’s aid for 10 years.

Family: She has three adult children who attended Medical Lake schools and has two children currently attending schools in the district.

Her pitch: Parsons said her time as an elected official will make her a successful school board member. She said she’s helped manage Medical Lake city finances and advocated for combining the Medical Lake Fire Department with Spokane County Fire District 3. As a school board member, she said she’d advocate for special needs students and better pay for paraeducators.

Her words: “I’d like to help Medical Lake schools to keep being progressive, because I don’t want to see kids falling through gaps.”

Felicia Jensen

Party:
Age:
52
City:
Medical Lake, WA

Education: Earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Southern Illinois University in 2000. Received a master’s degree in human resources from Troy University in 2007.

Political experience: Appointed to the Medical Lake School District board in 2013 and elected in 2015.

Work experience: Works at the Eastern Washington University College of Social Sciences as an executive assistant to the dean. Retired U.S. Air Force major. Worked at Fairchild Air Force Base for 261/2 years. Spent part of her career overseeing child and teen centers, the education center and dining facilities.

Family: Married to Christopher Jensen. They have two adult children.

Her pitch: Jensen said she has logistics and administration experience through her education and work experience. In her current role at EWU, she said she’s been able to develop a sense of how Medical Lake schools can better prepare students for college. And with her background in the Air Force, she said she understands the concerns of the large number of military families in Medical Lake. Jensen said the current school board works well together and has brought forth innovative changes. She said the board successfully advocated for a capital levy last year that paid for security and technology upgrades and won a Department of Defense grant to give each student a laptop.

Her words: “As a team we work very well together. We’re thoughtful when we have our discussions, and we all bring different perspectives. My perspective is from the military member side.”

Complete Coverage

Medical Lake School Board candidates highlight perspectives on military, special needs students

Incumbent Medical Lake school board member Felicia Jensen said she understands the concerns of military families as a retired U.S. Air Force officer and can gauge how well the school district is preparing students for college through her job at Eastern Washington University. Challenger Laura Parsons, a Medical Lake City Council member, said her perspective comes from helping to manage the city budget and raising children who have special needs.