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Maike, Suniga battle in Medical Lake mayor's race


October 26, 2017

Medical Lake mayoral candidate Shirley Maike.

When three-term Medical Lake Mayor John Higgins decided to step away from wielding the gavel at City Council meetings, three residents chose to vie for the position.

In August, sitting Medical Lake City Council member Shirley Maike earned the most votes - 350 and 44.25 percent - in a three-way race in the primary. Mikeal Suniga edged out another council member, Laura Parsons 232–201 for the right to move on to the Nov. 7 general election.

Maike has spent 20 years on council and time as the chief operating officer at Eastern State Hospital. Suniga, a former Medical Lake police officer, no...

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