City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: Assistant to Spokane City Councilwoman Amber Waldref
Why running: Lori Kinnear is running to continue the work she has begun in her first term as a city councilwoman. That work includes collaborating with the city administration, police and fire departments to lower property crime rates. Kinnear also wants to continue her work promoting historic preservation. Browne’s Addition has applied for a historic district and overlay zone, and Kinnear wants to ensure other neighborhoods have the same opportunity. She is promoting the continued investment by the city in upgrading infrastructure, particularly in residential neighborhoods.
Her pitch: Kinnear says Spokane has come a long way since she first got involved in local politics but that she sees room for more progress to be made. She believes she can help steer the city toward responsible growth in a way that preserves the city’s character while allowing development along main corridors.
Education: Graduated from Palo Alto High School in California in 1971. Earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Nevada-Reno in 1978. Earned associate’s degree in applied science horticulture from South Seattle Community College in 1994.
Political experience: Kinnear worked as a legislative assistant to two former city council members, Amber Waldref and Richard Rush, prior to her election to a first term on the council in 2015.
Work experience: Served as a small-business adviser for Women’s Business Center and is a former manager of the YWCA Opportunity Center teaching job skills to low-income women.
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