City councilwoman criticized for not saying Pledge of Allegiance

City councilwoman criticized for not saying Pledge of Allegiance
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Spokane City Councilwoman Kate Burke was criticized this week for not reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

KXLY reached out to Burke Thursday afternoon, and she provided the following statement:

I absolutely love and believe in my country and our community, which has everything to do with why I chose to run for office.

I also believe and have respect for our Constitution, which calls for the separation of church and state. And I do not believe it is appropriate to do the Pledge of Allegiance from the dais of an official government meeting.

Burke was elected to the Spokane City Council seat in District 1 in November, 2017, filling the vacant seat left by Amber Waldref.