Change coming to Sammamish City Council

January 9, 2013

By Caleb Heeringa

John Curley won’t run for reelection

The Sammamish City Council will have at least one new face next year.

There will be at least one open seat during November’s election, and three other sitting councilmembers could be challenged.

In a Jan. 2 interview, Councilman John Curley said he would not seek another term, making good on his 2009 campaign pledge to be a one-term councilman.

Curley said his time on the council has been valuable, helping him connect with his neighbors and community. He encouraged others to step up and serve, whether they’d thought about public office before or not.

“The learning curve is not as steep as you think it is,” he said.

In addition to Curley, Mayor Tom Odell, Deputy Mayor John James and longtime Councilman Don Gerend will see their current terms come to an end. All three said they had yet to make a decision on whether they’ll run again, though Gerend admitted that he was “leaning” towards running for another term.

City Clerk Melonie Anderson said councilmembers can file to run starting April 29. The deadline to file is May 17.

A host of other seats will be on the ballot this year as well.

Sammamish’s voice in the King County Council will be up for election. Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, first elected in 2001, said she will run for a fourth term.

“I still feel like I’m 28 years old,” Lambert said. “I’m ready for a sprint. “

Sammamish residents in the north half of the city will also have an opportunity to run for school board.

Doug Eglington, who has represented Sammamish on the Lake Washington School Board since 1989, will see his term end in November. Eglington said he had yet to make up his mind on whether he would seek another term.

“We’ve got a lot of things coming up as far as state education funding as well as the safety of our kids,” he said. “There’s a lot of things in play.”

In the Issaquah School District, two seats are up for election. Though neither seat is open to Sammamish residents, both will appear on their November ballots.

Newcastle resident Marnie Maraldo’s term will be up, as will the seat belonging to Issaquah resident Chad Magendanz, who was recently elected to the state legislature. The board has yet to appoint Magendanz’s successor to serve out his 2013 term.

The two water and sewer districts will also have seats open. In the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, which serves the majority of the city, commissioner Bob Brady’s term will expire.

In the Northeast Sammamish Sewer and Water District, which serves the area around Sahalee, commissioner Don Newton will see his term come to a close. Neither has indicated whether they will run again.

One at-large position in the Evergreen Hospital District will be up for election – Kirkland resident Jeanette Greenfield, who has been on the board since 1998, plans to run for another six-year term.


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