Highlands resident will run for City Council

March 30, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

Mark Mullet

Mark Mullet

Mark Mullet will seek a City Council seat, but the Issaquah Highlands resident said he would wait to decide which seat to pursue.
Mullet, 36, said he would announce which seat he will seek when the June 5 filing deadline draws near. Voters will cast ballots for four council members in November. The seats held by Council President Maureen McCarry, Councilwoman Eileen Barber, Councilman John Rittenhouse and Councilman David Kappler will be up for election. None of the council members have announced their intentions.

Mayor Ava Frisinger is also up for re-election.

Mullet, a Seattle native who moved to Issaquah in June 2006, said he wants to promote managed growth and environmental protection as a member of the seven-member council. He described himself as a proponent of higher-density development in certain neighborhoods, such as the highlands and Talus.

Mullet said he supports a development rights swap between the developer of the highlands, Port Blakely Communities, and the developer of the proposed Park Pointe development. Under the complex deal, Port Blakely would be allowed to build more densely in the highlands if the company bought the Park Pointe site and preserved the land.

“Growth is coming to Issaquah and we have to prepare for it,” he said.

Mullet served as a managing director for Bank of America before enrolling at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. In November, he graduated with a master’s degree in public administration. He said his background in finance could be useful as the city tackles budget issues amidst the recession.

“I think there are going to be harder decisions made in Issaquah over the next four years than during the last four years,” he said.

The candidate is preparing to open a Zeeks Pizza franchise in the highlands in late spring. Mullet also serves on the board of directors for the Issaquah Highlands Community Association and the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

Mullet became the second contender to launch a City Council bid. Joan Probala, a real estate agent and community activist who pushed for her South Cove neighborhood to be annexed into Issaquah, will campaign for the seat held by McCarry. Probala announced her candidacy in late February.

Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

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