Kate Burke

Spokane Chooses New Flag

May 10, 2021
Courtesy of the city of Spokane

The city of Spokane now has a new flag, which replaces an old design the city has used since the 1970s.

The flag was designed by Derek Landers, who is co-founder of Spokane Print and Publishing Studio and a lifelong Spokane resident. The flag has a sun in the top left corner, a river running through it diagonally and strip of lush green.


Kate Burke won't seek reelection

Feb 11, 2021
City of Spokane

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.

Spokane City Council Puts Off Shelter Management Decision

Sep 24, 2019
Salvation Army

Fall is here and the city of Spokane is beginning to feel the need to lock in plans for emergency shelters for this winter.

But plans are still not settled. The city has no shelter locked in and few concrete details. Because of that, the city council voted Monday night to wait before choosing an agency to operate whatever facility they ultimately decide on.

Mumm, Burke, Beggs Win Spokane Council Seats

Nov 7, 2017
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Spokane city voters have apparently re-elected two city council members. They’ve also picked a replacement for outgoing Councilmember Amber Waldref.

Inland Journal, Oct. 12, 2017

Oct 12, 2017

This week on Inland Journal:

    ▪    We’ll profile the two candidates running for what will be an open seat on the Spokane City Council. We’ll meet with Tim Benn and Kate Burke, who are on the ballot in the Northeast district.
    ▪    Most odd-year elections are devoted to local candidates and issues, but this year, there are a few state legislative races that could have a real impact. The balance of the Washington state Senate could reverse with a change of just one seat. The Senate seat in the Seventh Legislative District is up for grabs this year and, while it isn’t expected to change hands, the potential is there. We’ll talk with the incumbent, Republican Shelly Short, and her Democratic challenger, Karen Hardy.
    ▪    We’ll also feature the candidate in the Seventh District House race, Republican Jacquelin Maycumber and Democratic Susan Swanson. Maycumber is the incumbent.

Legislative Aide Pursues Spokane City Council Seat

Oct 12, 2017
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

The Hillyard business district is one of the commercial centers in the Northeast district and that’s where we met Kate Burke. We asked to walk the neighborhood with her as we talked.

Burke grew up on Spokane’s south side. But she has chosen to live in the Northeast section of the city.

“It just feels like home when I’m over here," she said. "I like doorbelling. I feel really comfortable. I enjoy conversations with the people over here.”

Inland Journal, August 3, 2017

Aug 3, 2017

Inland Journal for August 3, 2017

    ▪    We’ll recap Tuesday’s primary election in Washington. We’ll talk about which candidates will move on to the November general election and hear from some of the victors.
    ▪    We’ll talk with Luke Mayville, one of the founders of Reclaim Idaho, a group that wants to rebuild the middle class in the Gem State, including making health care more available for affordable for working families.
    ▪    And we’ll profile a new group that calls itself ‘Growing Neighbors’ in Spokane that’s promoting urban gardening and neighbors getting to know each other.

To use a sports analogy, the match-ups are set for Washington’s 2017 general election. Voters this week narrowed the field of candidates in the primary election, setting up some interesting races for local offices.

Washington 2017 Primary Election Results

Aug 1, 2017

Spokane city voters have picked the candidates they want on the November ballot.

In the city’s Northwest district, council member Candace Mumm won nearly 54% of the vote and will face Matthew Howes, who claimed 30%,  in November.

In the Northeast district, Kate Burke won the primary with 44%; she’ll face Tim Benn, who finished second with 37%.

In the South district, council member Breean Beggs won nearly 55% of the vote in a four-way race. He’ll face Andy Dunau, who won 24%.

Inland Journal, July 20, 2017

Jul 20, 2017

▪    Washington’s primary election is August 1. Three Spokane city council seats are open this year. We’ll talk with candidates Kathryn Alexander, Kate Burke and Candace Mumm.
    ▪    The Idaho Supreme Court has upheld Governor Butch Otter’s veto of a repeal of the state grocery tax. We’ll talk about it with University of Idaho Law Professor Katherine Macfarlane.

Meet Spokane City Council candidate Kate Burke

Jul 20, 2017
Kate Burke

Kate Burke is a Spokane native who now works as an aide to state Senator Andy Billig. She is one of three candidates for a Northeast Spokane city council seat. Kathryn Alexander and Tim Benn are the others.  Benn didn’t respond to our request for an interview.