Judith Gilmore spent four years linking Eastern Washington to former Gov. Mike Lowry.
On Tuesday, as she announced her plans to run for the City Council, she vowed to continue bringing Spokane closer to state leaders in Olympia.
“I can do this! I can do this! I have done this!” said Gilmore, 53, as she launched her campaign beneath a sign complete with campaign slogan, “Go Gilmore!” and campaign logo, a black-and-white picture of Gilmore in cherry-red eyeglasses.
As Lowry’s Eastern Washington representative, Gilmore said she helped constituents get answers and action from their state legislators. “I can use this same experience as a member of the Spokane City Council.”
Gilmore - who plans to run for Mike Brewer’s council seat - is the first to publicly announce her council candidacy.
Mayor Jack Geraghty announced plans to run for a second term late Tuesday.
Council seats held by Brewer, Phyllis Holmes and Cherie Rodgers, as well as the mayor’s seat, are up for election this fall. Brewer doesn’t plan to seek re-election.
Gilmore’s morning campaign kick-off drew about 25 people to a dusty gravel parking lot at Nevada Street and Garland Avenue.
She chose the parking lot - where city crews did street repairs nearby - to draw attention to Spokane’s crumbling roads, she said. That need makes it imperative for the council to work more closely with the Legislature.
“I feel strongly that had our council possibly been more aggressive in working directly with legislators … we may well have been able to work out some sort of agreement for additional transportation dollars,” she said.
Gilmore listed three goals she’d work toward if elected: improving communication with other elected officials, helping to bring higher-paying jobs to Spokane and working to increase the availability of affordable housing.
Last January, Gilmore was one of six finalists for the council seat left vacant by Chris Anderson. Council members chose Rodgers for that post.
When Lowry left office in February, Gilmore became associate director of the Fulcrum Institute Dispute Resolution Clinic.
She also has worked as community development director for Walk in the Wild zoo and as the Eastern Washington coordinator for the National Abortion Rights League.
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