Spokane City Council Appoints Barbara Liliana Navarrete Lorenzo As New City Council Member, District 2, Position 2

Lisa Gardner, City Council Communications Director

Monday, January 22, 2024 at 10:25 p.m.

Spokane— At Monday’s Legislative Session, Council voted 4-2 on a resolution naming Barbara Liliana Navarrete Lorenzo (Lili Navarrete) as the newest member to join the City Council representing District 2, Position 2. Navarrete fills the seat that was made vacant after Council Member Betsy Wilkerson was elected Council President during the general election this past November.

"We're excited to welcome Lili to Spokane City Council," said Council President Betsy Wilkerson. "Her experience and dedication to the community will be invaluable.  I am proud to know that my seat is being occupied by someone who retains the same vigor and dedication to District 2 and, primarily, East Central.  Her passion is needed as we work to make Spokane a better place for all."

During the Council's regularly scheduled Study Session on Thursday, January 18, Council Members conducted interviews with five top candidates. The Council then voted on a resolution during Monday’s legislative session to select Navarrete.

Navarrete’s appointment to this Council seat is in effect until November of 2025 when the election for this position has been certified by the Spokane County Elections Office following the November 4, 2025, general municipal election. She becomes the first Hispanic American woman to hold a position on the Spokane City Council.