Liberty Lake City Council named its second new council member this year, selecting Jed Spencer to replace Councilman Jamie Freeze Baird, who left the state in May.
Spencer, who was born and raised in the Spokane area and first moved to Liberty Lake at age 9, is vice president of NBS Promos in Liberty Lake. Spencer said he was eager to learn more about how city government works and wanted to make sure the city made sound financial decisions.
“I don’t really have an agenda,” he said.
Spencer graduated from Central Valley High School in 1999 and served a two-year mission in Panama through his church. Upon his return, he took classes at BYU Idaho before getting married and returning to the Spokane Valley area in 2004. He returned to within the city limits of Liberty Lake in 2016 and completed his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from BYU Idaho in 2018.
He has worked at NBS Promos, which sells branded promotional products, for 17 years. His parents founded the company in 1991.
Spencer, who has no previous political experience, first applied for a vacant seat on city council earlier this year when former councilman Mike Kennedy stepped down. He was not selected for the seat, but the seed had been sown and he was planning to stand for re-election next year when several city council seats will be up for grabs.
“I just got interested in politics,” he said. “He thought it might be an interesting opportunity to learn more about the ins and outs of government.”
No particular issue has piqued his interest, Spencer said, but it’s important to him to make sure the city doesn’t incur unnecessary debt.
“I’ve heard a lot about the Trailhead Capital Project,” Spencer said, referring to plans to upgrade and expand facilities at the city-owned Trailhead Golf Course. “That kind of piqued my interest.”
Spencer said he didn’t expect another chance to be appointed to a vacant board seat, at least not any time soon.
“When I wasn’t selected, I stayed in contact with some board members and continued to attend board meetings,” he said. “I felt a lot more confident this time around.”
There were several other candidates for the job, including Kennedy, who ran for another council position after stepping down, and Mike Behary, who ran against Freeze Baird when she was first elected to city council. in 2021. Each candidate answered the same questions asked. by council in interviews at the June 8 council meeting.
Kennedy was nominated for the vacant seat by a council member, but Spencer was nominated first and the vote was taken in the order in which the candidates were nominated. Spencer received four votes from the six council members, ending the vote.
Spencer said he plans to run in the 2023 election to retain the seat to which he was appointed.