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Kate Burke won't seek reelection

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City of Spokane
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A Spokane city councilwoman has announced she won't run for a second term. That move inserts some intrigue in a council district that commonly elects people with a variety of views.

Spokane City Councilwoman Kate Burke announced she will not seek a second term. She made the announcement in a Facebook post Wednesday saying she’s cherished the opportunity, but wanted to make space for others.

Burke represents a city council district that’s often a wildcard in city elections. Voters of District 1, which includes much of Northeast Spokane, are responsible for electing city council’s most conservative, and progressive leaders. Burke is seen as the most progressive, her seatmate Michael Cathcart as the most conservative.

Cathcart won in 2019 when Burke's former seatmate Mike Fagan ran for city council president. He was one of seven people who ran in the primary including a current school board member and a first responder.

Cathcart has already endorsed the only candidate who has declared he will run for city council in their district, Jonathan Bingle.

Bingle is a former pastor and the owner of an events company. He ran for mayor in 2019, but lost in the primary. He said he and Cathcart have similar ideas, such as that the city should allow union negotiations to be open to the public, and that the city should not fluoridate its water if voters oppose it.

He acknowledged that Burke’s announcement could make the race more competitive.

“I always think that competition in the marketplace is very good, so I would welcome anyone who thinks they would do a good job for the city to throw their hat in the ring," he said.

Burke will be a city council member for the rest of the year. Candidates for any open city seat must file in May and will face off in the primary election in August. Every city council district has at least one seat up for election this year.

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