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Liberty Lake City Council Position 5

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Annie Kurtz 2,152 58.21%
Mike Behary 1,545 41.79%

* 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

Annie Kurtz

Liberty Lake, Washington

Education: Graduated from Charles M. Russell High School in Great Falls, Montana, in 1994. Earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and justice studies from Montana State University in 1999 and a master’s degree in health and human development in 2004 from Montana State.

Work experience: Currently works for the Washington state Department of Children, Youth and Families as a permanency outcome facilitator. Previously worked as a regional program manager for the state’s Children’s Administration and as a Child Protective Services social worker in several states.

Political experience: Elected to the Liberty Lake City Council in 2019.

Family: Married to Dusty Kurtz. Has two daughters.

Mike Behary

Liberty Lake, Washington

Education: Graduated from Bloomington High School in Bloomington, Illinois, in 1983. Earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from Illinois State University and holds a master’s degree in urban regional planning from Eastern Washington University.

Work experience: Has worked as a city planner for the City of Coeur d’Alene for eight years and was a planner in Bloomington. He also served in the U.S. Army for four years.

Political experience: Lost race for Liberty Lake City Council in 2021.

Family: Married to Kersten Behary. Has two children.






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