Candidates file for city, school posts

June 5, 2009

By Staff

NEW — 7:45 p.m. June 5, 2009

Mayor Ava Frisinger will run unopposed for a fourth term and seven City Council candidates will battle for four seats, according to unofficial King County Elections filings released today.

The deadline for candidate filing was 4:30 p.m. today. During the five-day filing period, Frisinger, seven council candidates and three Issaquah School Board hopefuls declared their candidacies for the nonpartisan seats. The county elections office posted the list on its Web site this afternoon.

Council incumbents Eileen Barber, David Kappler and Maureen McCarry entered the race. Newcomers Mark Mullet, Joan Probala, Tola Marts and Nathan Perea will seek council seats as well.

Barber, a former Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce president, was elected in 2005. She will run unopposed for a second term as the Position 3 councilwoman, according to county filings.

Kappler, a longtime councilman, was first elected in 1991. His opponents for the Position 7 seat are Marts, a Squak Mountain resident, and Nathan Perea, a member of the city Urban Village Development Commission.

McCarry was appointed to the council in 1998 to fill the seat vacated by Frisinger, a former councilwoman. McCarry served until 2000, but opted not to run then. McCarry ran successfully in 2005. She will face South Cove resident Joan Probala — a former chamber of commerce president — in the contest for the Position 5 seat, according to county filings.

Councilman John Rittenhouse, whose Position 1 seat is also open this year, could not be reached for comment tonight.

Mullet is seeking the Position 1 seat. He serves board of directors for the Issaquah Highlands Community Association. He plans to open a Zeeks Pizza franchise in the highlands June 16.

The race for mayor attracted incumbent Frisinger, who had earlier announced her intentions to seek another term. Frisinger was first elected mayor in 1997 after serving as a city councilwoman.

All city voters will cast ballots for municipal positions. Candidates are not required to live within a particular district to run for a specific council seat.

Three candidates are running for two open Issaquah School Board positions, according to county filings.

Marnie Maraldo, president of the Newcastle Elementary School PTSA, and Wright A. Noel, an attorney at Issaquah law firm Carson & Noel, are running for the Director District 2 position, which serves the south end of the district — or schools in the Liberty High School attendance area.

Connie Fletcher holds the District 2 position. Fletcher, who has served on the board since 1993, opted not to run for re-election.

Director District 4 incumbent Chad Magendanz will run unopposed. Magendanz was appointed to the position last October. He serves the areas in the southeast corner of the district, including the highlands, Preston, Mirrormont and Tiger Mountain.

Although all voters within the Issaquah School District vote for the positions, school board candidates must live within the boundaries of their director districts to be eligible for the post.

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