A candidate for Spokane City Council District 2 (South), City of Spokane in the 2023 Washington General Election, Nov. 7
City: Spokane, Washington
Education: Graduated from North Kitsap High School in 2001. Attended Eastern Washington University, studied journalism and government, finishing bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies.
Work experience: Has worked at Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, 2015 to current; vice president of public affairs, now transitioning to educator. Past work experience includes Eastern Washington director for YWCA Youth and Government, legislative assistant to state Sen. Andy Billig and legislative assistant to former Spokane City Councilman Jon Snyder. Co-founded Down To Earth, an environmental advocacy and sustainability news blog that was published by The Spokesman-Review. Worked maintenance at the City of Spokane Parks Department. Currently serves as a board member for Greater Spokane Progress and the Washington Bus. Past board member for the Center For Justice, Washington Bikes, South Perry Farmer’s Market and volunteered with KYRS Thin Air Community Radio, Terrain Spokane, Spokane Community Against Racism, Spokane River Clean Up and Pro-Choice Washington.
Political experience: Serves as Spokane County Democratic Precinct Committee officer.
Family: Married to Tiffany Harms. One baby daughter.
Political donations: Reports having raised around $64,900 as of Oct. 6. Top donors include surgeon Jerry LeClaire; Don Barbieri and Sharon Smith of the Smith-Barbieri Foundation; John Culton, a consultant with the Desimone Consulting Group; and former public defender Jim Sheehan, founder of the Center for Justice in Spokane.
New drive-thru restaurants that haven’t submitted building permits will no longer be able to be built on a frequently congested stretch of East 29th Avenue after the Spokane City Council voted Monday to change the zoning in that area.
Conservatives have held less and less sway on the Spokane City Council since losing the majority in 2013, but after voters elected a more progressive slate of members in November the two remaining right-leaning council members who represent northeast Spokane feel they’ve almost entirely lost their influence.
The Spokane City Council significantly changed its public testimony rules Monday night, including by banning audience members from standing to show support or displeasure.
The Spokane City Council has now voiced its support for Palestinian civilians under siege in Gaza in addition to the Israeli victims of the Oct. 7 attacks by Hamas, after a 5-1 vote by the local legislative body.
Barbara Liliana Navarrete Lorenzo, better known as Lili Navarrete, has been appointed to fill an open seat on the Spokane City Council for the next two years.
Five people have made the shortlist for an open seat on the Spokane City Council vacated by Betsy Wilkerson, who represented south Spokane until winning an election in November to the citywide position of City Council president.
The Spokane City Council returned to work Monday after an end-of-year recess, and its returning and newly elected members say they have big plans for the year ahead.
It could soon be legal for parents to bring their kids with them into Spokane beer gardens at events like Pig Out in the Park, as two city councilmen move to relax local regulations.
Seventeen people have submitted applications to fill a seat on the Spokane City Council vacated by Betsy Wilkerson, who had represented south Spokane but won election in November to the citywide position of City Council president.
Spokane County formally certified the 2023 election Tuesday, making official results that became evident weeks ago.