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New city councilwoman: passion for service a factor in election

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Newly elected Spokane City Councilwoman Karen Stratton says she thinks it is her will to serve the people that earned her the position.

"We are elected, hired by the citizens of Spokane. We serve them," she told KHQ's Patrick Erickson.  "And I think my passion for that came through in the interviews. 

Stratton is filling the vacant seat that represent's the city's 3rd district in Northwest Spokane. The seat was left empty when former council member Steve Salvatori left for Texas to tend to a business venture.

The council voted 5-to-1 to elect Stratton. Mike Fagan was the only councilman to vote against her, later saying he was concerned Stratton's election would upset the political balance of the council by giving more power to the left-leaning majority.

"People don't care really what your politics are," Stratton said. "As long as you fix their streets, plow the snow... they want you working for them, and I believe in that."

Stratton has served for years as a city employee, and worked for former Mayors Jim West and Mary Verner. Before serving as a councilwoman, she worked in the City Clerk's office.

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SPOKANE, Wash.- The Spokane City Council voted Monday night to appoint Karen Stratton to a vacant seat that represents the city's 3rd district in Northwest Spokane. The seat was left empty when former council member Steve Salvatori left for Texas to tend to a business venture.

Since there were less than two years left in his term the council appointed his replacement. Had there been more than two years left on Salvatori's term the council would have had to hold a Special Election.

Karen Stratton works in the city clerk's office and was the executive assistant to former Mayor Mary Verner.She also worked for former Mayor Jim West. Stratton will face re-election next fall.

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