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Liberty Lake City Council Position 6

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Mike T. Kennedy 2,086 56.82%
Michael Hamblet 1,585 43.18%

* 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

Mike T. Kennedy

Age:
78
City:
Liberty Lake, Washington

Education: Graduated from Riddle High School in Riddle, Oregon, in 1963. He studied accounting at Spokane Community College.

Political experience: Served on the Spokane Plan Commission for five years in the 1990s. Served on the Liberty Lake Planning Commission for about a year before being elected to the Liberty Lake City Council in 2017. He stepped down from the council in early 2022.

Work experience: He served in the U.S. Navy out of high school for four years. He worked as a loan officer for Old National Bank for a few years and then ran several small businesses, including Northside RV Center and Nortelco, a long distance and pay phone company that was based in Liberty Lake. Currently mostly retired with some consulting work.

Family: Married to wife Betty Kennedy. Has two children and two grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Hamblet

Age:
47
City:
Liberty Lake, Washington

Education: Graduated from Olympic High School in Bremerton, Washington, in 1995. He earned bachelor’s degrees in public policy and political science from Central Washington University in 2010. He holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy from the University of Texas-Arlington.

Work experience: Worked briefly as a mechanic and passed the U.S. Department of State civil service exam before becoming a teacher. He taught math, economics, government and history at high schools and community colleges in Texas for about 10 years. Since arriving in Liberty Lake five years ago he has taught Advanced Placement history at Cheney High School.

Political experience: First run for office.

Family: Married to wife Nicole Hamblet. Has two children.

Complete Coverage

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Appointed Liberty Lake City Council member Tom Sahlberg said when he was appointed that he would not run for the seat and has kept his word, opening up a vacant seat that has attracted interest from a former council member and a political newcomer.