Spokane City Council, northeast council district, City of Spokane
Sue Lani Madsen: Spokane City Council’s focus on national issues takes away from its attention to local problems
There is a national progressive movement using municipal legislation to drive state and federal policy through the courts. Does Spokane want an increasingly political City Council, or one that focuses on city business?
As campaigners, Kate Burke and Tim Benn say similar things, but they have support from opposing political forces. Voting for either will require a leap of faith if the goal is to place a nonpartisan, moderate person on the council.
Kate Burke and Tim Benn say the problems facing the district they hope to represent transcend party politics. But a clear ideological divide has sprouted around their candidacies.
Beggs and Mumm post strong showings in Spokane City Council primaries, Burke and Benn face off in northeast
The two incumbents on the primary ballots for Spokane City Council earned the majority of votes counted Tuesday in their districts. Kate Burke will square off against Tim Benn in northeast Spokane.
Alexander strikes us as an independent thinker who would provide a fresh perspective.
With the departure of City Councilwoman Amber Waldref due to term limits, three candidates seeking their first election to political office want to change the way the city engages with neighborhoods in the northeast part of town. Kate Burke, Tim Benn and Kathryn Alexander bring different ideologies and political experiences to the race, but all agree the focus needs to shift back to neighborhoods in that area of the city.
Voters in Spokane’s northeast council district will have a contested primary, choosing between at least three potential replacements for Amber Waldref, who cannot run for re-election because of the city’s term limit ordinance.
Nonprofit leader Kate Burke and Bemiss neighborhood advocate Kathryn Alexander have both filed already to compete for Amber Waldref’s seat in northeastern Spokane. Waldref, who will term out of office in November 2017, says she’ll take some time to spend with her family before pondering another run for office.
It’s peak apple season and across the area a large crop is weighing down neighborhood trees. At the Resurrection Community Garden behind the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection on East Eighth Avenue in Spokane Valley, about a dozen old apple trees are reminders of Spokane Valley’s history as a an orchard and vegetable farming town.