Kinnear, Kiepe Will Run For Spokane Council Seat In South District

Aug 6, 2019

Lori Kinnear and Tony Kiepe are the finalists in a Spokane city council race in the South district.

Spokane City Councilwoman Lori Kinnear posted a solid showing in Tuesday’s primary election.

The one-term council member won 59% of the vote in a three-way race. She’ll face health care consultant Tony Kiepe in the November general election. He won 23% of the vote.

Kinnear says voters seem to like the job she and the current council are doing.

“When I look at the shape the city’s in and all the hard work that this council and this administration has done to make sure that we have thrived as a city, there is a lot of building going on and good things are happening to Spokane and I think people recognize that," Kinnear said.

Tony Kiepe says there are a handful of issues that voters he talked with want the council to work on.

“The key issue is the road infrastructure. Why do we have so many streets that aren’t paved on the South Hill? They want to see action there," Kiepe said. "And they’re concerned about the homeless moving up toward 29th and 57th. You see homeless this far up on the South Hill coming up here now and panhandling. What can we do different about the homeless situation?”

Real estate agent Liz Fleming finished third in the race with 17% of the vote.