Lori Kinnear, legislative assistant to Councilwoman Amber Waldref, tells the Inlander
that she’s filed paperwork to run for city council in District 2.
The position is currently held by Mike Allen, who hasn’t announced if he’s running for reelection later this year. Downtown business owner and perennial candidate John Waite has announced he’s running.
Kinnear has served as a legislative assistant for the past six years, working on legislation that encompasses dangerous dogs, economic development, human trafficking and other issues. “I’ve learned a lot and I think it’s time to apply what I’ve learned,” says Kinnear, who also wants to work with her boss as more of an equal.
Kinnear says that she is particularly proud of recent work done by the city council on development incentives meant to avoid urban sprawl as well as a neighborhood notification system that apprises residents of cell tower construction and other development.
“I am excited about this,” she says. “I’ve wanted to do this for a long time. It’s a way of giving back to the community.”
Kinnear says that she’ll likely have to cut back on her hours as a legislative assistant as the campaign picks up, but she says she has no intention of resigning at this point and has the blessing of Waldref.
“I work at the pleasure of Councilmember Waldref, and the rules clearly say that she can hire me and fire me,” she says.
Kinnear, who previously lived in Seattle, has worked as a newspaper reporter, an ad copywriter, a small business owner and for TINCAN, a defunct nonprofit that helped people access technology.
She moved to Spokane in 2000 with her husband, whose family has lived here since 1896.