May 23, 2013
Of the four City Council races this year, one will be contested. The seat left open by John James will see a contest between former Councilwoman Kathleen Huckabay and Larry Wright. Councilman Don Gerend looked to face a challenge from Christie Malchow, but she withdrew her candidacy a few days after filing. Councilman Tom Odell has not drawn an opponent. Former Planning Commission Chairman Robert Keller looks to cruise to the council, running uncontested for the seat being vacated by Councilman John Curley. Read more
May 15, 2013
Issaquah School Board member Marnie Maraldo has announced that she will file for re-election this spring.
Maraldo, of Newcastle, occupies the District 2 seat, representing Newcastle and the southwest portion of the Issaquah school district. She was elected to the board at the end of 2009, taking over for longtime member Connie Fletcher.
Although Sammamish residents do not live in District 2, the race will still appear on their ballots in November. Read more
May 9, 2013
New: May 9, 12:40 p.m.
Councilman Don Gerend, the longest-serving member of the Sammamish City Council, has announced he plans to run for another four-year term.
“I kind of feel my roots have sunk deep into the glacial outwash,” Gerend said. Read more
May 8, 2013
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. Read more
May 7, 2013
New: May 7, 9:34 a.m.
One-term City Councilman John James has announced he will not run for re-election this year.
“I’ve decided to maybe pursue something different,” James said.
James said he is considering a run for the Seattle Ports Commission, but he stressed he is not formally announcing a run.
He noted that ports commission meetings take place during the day, which might be a problem with his work. Read more
May 1, 2013
Saying there are some projects he’s started that he’d like to see through, Sammamish City Councilman Tom Odell announced his run for re-election.
Specifically, Odell mentioned the Town Center, Community Center, and keeping the gears of government moving.
Odell, who is currently serving as mayor, is in his first term on the City Council and even when he was running the first time, he mentioned the Community Center was, by far, the top issue he heard about from residents. Three years later, there’s a voter-approved plan in place and a design team working on the project. Read more
May 1, 2013
After a few years out of the public eye, Bob Keller is ready to jump back in. The former Planning Commission chairman is running for City Council.
“Sammamish is a success story,” Keller said. “I’d like to continue being involved.”
Keller, 59, had been a member of the Planning Advisory Board (precursor to the Planning Commission) as it worked on the city’s comprehensive plan. Read more
January 9, 2013
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. Read more
December 13, 2012
New: Dec. 13, 11:15 a.m.
While often supporting Democrats, Sammamish once again leaned more Republican than the rest of King County during the November election, in many cases proving redder than the rest of King County and Washington State.
Despite a thorough drubbing in King County and a loss statewide, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna garnered solid support in Sammamish, taking 55 percent of the votes. That’s a marked difference from the rest of the county, which went for Jay Inslee by a 62.2 to 37.6 margin. Inslee won statewide, taking 51.5 percent of the vote.
December 2, 2012
New: Dec. 2, 2:16 p.m.
Sammamish’s proposed YMCA-run community and aquatic center widened its lead since election night, according to certified election results released by King County Nov. 27.
Sammamish Proposition 1, an advisory vote on a proposed $30 million, 60,000 square foot facility behind the library, passed by a 53.65 to 46.35 margin, with 1,729 votes separating supporters and opponents. Initial results showed the vote at a much closer 51 to 49 margin. Read more