City plans next steps as annexation, initiative/referendum are certified

May 20, 2015

Now that the vote overwhelmingly in favor of the annexation of Klahanie and some surrounding neighborhoods has been finalized, the next step is Sammamish City Council action to formally request the annexation.

According to final numbers from King County elections, the annexation question passed 2,467 to 400, or 86 percent to 13.9 percent.

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With advisory vote passing, council will look at initiatives, referenda

May 5, 2015

The Sammamish City Council already has a study session set up to tackle the issue of handling residents’ initiative and referendum rights.

That session is set for a council work session June 9, Mayor Tom Vance said.

“It’s a chance to discuss the issue,” he added.

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Editorial — Get ready for election season

April 29, 2015

If you’ve been thinking about taking on an important leadership role within the city of Sammamish, the time has come to take the next step. Candidates must file for election by May 15.

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Voters face three issues on ballot

April 21, 2015

Sammamish and Klahanie-area voters have two local issues and one countywide question before them in the April 28 special election.

Mail-in ballots were sent to registered voters April 8.

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Editorial — Approve the city’s two ballot measures

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.

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Letters to the Editor

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.

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First candidate announces for Sammamish City Council

April 7, 2015

The election is months away, but the first candidate has formally announced her candidacy for Sammamish City Council.

Christie Malchow

Christie Malchow

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.

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Editorial — Reject Initiative 1351; election endorsements

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.

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Election results finalized

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.

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Parks Levy passes, Constantine dominates

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.

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