He has lived in Stevens County for 56 years and has been County Commissioner since 2001. He currently serves on the boards of Tri-County Economic Development District, Rural Resources Community Action, North Central Washington Regional Support Network (mental health services), Northeast Tri- County Health, and is the Chairman of the Martin Hall Juvenile Facility Board.
Friedman is a graduate of Colville High School and the University of Washington. He has been a successful business person in the community for 30+ years. He is a former Colville city councilmember and Mayor of Colville.
He has been married to his best friend Jill for 41 years and has two children and four granddaughters, all residents of Stevens County. He is an avid gardener, skier, ham radio operator and hobby beekeeper.
“I am proud of the accomplishments that Stevens County has made in the time that I have been Commissioner, including enacting a Comprehensive Plan that has met state requirements while protecting property rights and agricultural activities,” states Friedman. “We have made vast improvements to our Fairgrounds, including the construction of our successful Ag-Trade Center, and our participation in the Noanet broadband program will greatly enhance our access to the digital world, helping us to become a more economically competitive community.”
Friedman states that he will continue to work to provide essential services to the citizens of Stevens County within the limitations of scarce resources. “Stevens County has tightened our belts during the recession, and we will continue to strive to be as frugal and efficient as possible.”