Maureen McCarry launches City Council re-election bid

May 22, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 1:30 p.m. May 22, 2009

City Council President Maureen McCarry announced today she would seek re-election. McCarry became the second incumbent council member in as many days to announce her plans.

By entering the race, McCarry has set up a challenge against South Cove resident Joan Probala for the Position 5 seat.

Councilwoman Eileen Barber entered the race for her Position 3 seat yesterday.

“It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Issaquah, helping our community keep the balance of new jobs and respect for the environment,” McCarry said in a news release distributed this afternoon.

McCarry presented herself as an advocate for economic development and environmental protection. She also highlighted her work as the city works to weather the recession without significant service cuts and layoffs. The city faces a $1.5 million shortfall, which officials have staved off by slashing $1.6 million in spending.

“During these challenging economic times, I was very please we were able to achieve my goal to obtain a 5 percent reduction in 2009 budget and not raise property taxes on the hardworking families in Issaquah,” McCarry said in the release.

In her campaign announcement, McCarry also noted how her efforts helped preserve conservation land.

“I am proud of my service in preserving 40 acres and expanding Squak Mountain State Park,” she said in the release. “I also enjoyed working with the [Issaquah] Highlands community, city and developers, to preserve essential wildlife habitats bordering Central Park.”

The candidate filing period lasts from June 1-5. In addition to McCarry, Probala and Barber, highlands resident Mark Mullet and Squak Mountain resident Tola Marts are seeking council seats. All told, four council seats will be open.

Incumbent councilmen David Kappler and John Rittenhouse have yet to announce their intentions.

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