April 14, 2015
Voters are receiving their ballots and need to decide two important issues in this April 28 special election.
Proposition No. 1 — Klahanie Annexation
The Sammamish City Council is calling for an election on the proposed annexation of the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area, about 1,240 acres currently located in unincorporated King County.
April 14, 2015
Vote ‘yes’ for initiative and referendum rights
As a former councilmember and deputy mayor in December 2012, I advocated for Sammamish to have the opportunity to grant citizens the rights of initiative and referendum, and was in favor of asking city staff to craft an ordinance granting those powers.
April 7, 2015
The election is months away, but the first candidate has formally announced her candidacy for Sammamish City Council.
Christie Malchow has lived in Sammamish with her husband and two children for 14 years. She has an MBA from Regis University in Denver and worked in the medical device and biotechnology industries, but left when she had the first of her children.
October 28, 2014
Initiative 1351 is being called The Washington Class Size Reduction Measure. The name is intended to appeal to an electorate with short attention spans and little time for or interest in details. A recent Elway Poll revealed that 66 percent of those polled say they will definitely or probably vote in favor of Initiative 1351.
September 3, 2014
Final primary election results differed little from election night, setting the stage for the November general election.
In the judicial race, Lisa O’Toole, of Newcastle, looks like she could cruise to victory, having garnered more than 60.5 percent of the primary vote in a three-way race. Her opponent will be Sammamish’s Marcus Naylor, who earned a little more than 20 percent. Snoqualmie’s Rick Leo got 19 percent, and will not move on to the general election.
The only other contested race in Sammamish was for U.S. Congress, where incumbent Rep. Dave Reichert (R-8) also looks good in November. He won nearly 59 percent of the vote in another three-way primary. Jason Ritchie (D) got almost 32 percent while Keith Arnold got less than 9 percent. Reichert and Ritchie will appear on the general election ballot.
August 6, 2013
New: Aug. 6, 8:47 p.m.
King County voters sure like their parks and their County Executive.
As the first batch of mail in ballots were released by King County Elections Aug. 6, both issues which appeared on Sammamish ballots posted decisive victories.
July 24, 2013
New: July 24, 2:39 p.m.
For Sammamish voters, the ballot will include a measure to increase property taxes to pay for county parks.
The proposed six-year levy would replace a pair of expiring levies that support parks countywide.
The existing levies have a combined tax rate of 13.31 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The proposed levy would have a value of 18.77 cents per $1,000.
For the owner of a $600,000 home, that means a tax hike from $79.86 per year to $112.62 per year – a 41 percent increase. The levy would raise $60.7 million in 2014. 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
November 14, 2012
Washington voters’ groundbreaking decision to approve same-sex marriage elicited a simple — but heartfelt — response from a Sammamish couple: thank you.
Referendum 74, buoyed by strong support in King County, authorized same-sex marriage in Washington. Dana and Sage Alixander, longtime partners married in California before Proposition 8 outlawed same-sex marriage, hailed the historic decision in Washington. Read more