City: Medical Lake, Washington
Education: Graduated from Cheney High School in 1979. Graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology. Earned a master’s degree from Eastern Washington University in public administration in 2005.
Work experience: Current part-time school bus driver with the Cheney School District. Former social worker with the Spokane Regional Health District.
Political experience: Current Medical Lake School Board member. Previously served four terms on Medical Lake City Council. Board Member of the Washington State School Directors’ Association. Serves as Spokane School Directors Association small district representative.
Family: Single. Five children, one of whom is a student in Medical Lake schools.
Campaign finance: Medical Lake Education Association president Ryan Grant contributed $400. Former Medical Lake mayor Shirley Maike contributed $500. Washington Education Association contributed $1,200. Spokane County Democrats contributed $125. The 6th Legislative District Democratic Committee contributed $100.
In the aftermath of two wildfires that leveled hundreds of homes and displaced dozens of families, those elected to the Medical Lake School Board in November will face challenges surrounding student enrollment and support.
Laura Parsons is running for another 4-year term serving in Position 3 on the Medical Lake School Board. Her three opponents in the primary could not be reached for comment.