Kathleen Huckabay to run for Sammamish City Council
May 8, 2013
By Ari Cetron
New: May 8, 1:21 p.m.
She was out, but Kathleen Huckabay wants back in. Four years after she retired from the Sammamish City Council, Huckabay is once again throwing her hat in the ring.
“I think the timing is right,” Huckabay said. “I think there are some issues in Sammamish that can be addressed.”
Huckabay, 69, lives in the Pine Lake Ridge neighborhood. She’s lived in Sammamish since 1985 and served on the City Council from 1999-2009.
She retired from council because of her workload in finance at Union Bank. Huckabay, a CPA and Certified Financial Planner, is retiring from the bank, but plans to keep up her private business doing financial consulting.
Huckabay said she has not yet decided which council seat she will seek. Four are up this year. Councilman John Curley has elected not to run, and Robert Keller has announced a run for that seat. Mayor Tom Odell has announced he is running for re-election. Councilman John James has announced he is not running for re-election. Councilman Don Gerend’s seat is also up for election, and Gerend has announced his plans to run again.
Huckabay said she’s been keeping up with actions in the city and would possibly make some changes. For example, the council is currently deliberating the Environmentally Critical Areas Ordinance. Huckabay said she is opposed to a proposed pilot program, which would allow development in areas where it is currently forbidden for environmental reasons.
“Pilot programs with the ECA are going down the wrong path,” she said.
She said the community supports the community center, but the council needs to manage the program and keep it on budget.
Huckabay said the city must be cautious, however, if it should need to scale back the plan. She notes the teen center, which has a planned gym expansion that the Boys & Girls Club hasn’t been able to fund. Huckabay said the teen center isn’t quite as successful as it could be since it’s lacking the gym.
Huckabay said she was proud of the work she did in the early years on the City Council, particularly what she called a strong financial foundation.
“We did work, in the early years, to create more of a long term budget,” she said.
Huckabay said she is also a strong proponent of the arts and would like to see a little more funding for the arts commission.
Huckabay has three grown children. One lives in Sammamish, one in Walla Walla and the third in Des Moines. She also has two grandchildren.
During her time off the council, Huckabay has tried to keep busy in the community. She volunteers her time with Habitat for Humanity, Eastside Baby Corner, artEast and the local Kiwanis.