David Kappler pulls out of City Council election
June 11, 2009
By Warren Kagarise
UPDATED — 12:01 p.m. June 14, 2009
David Kappler announced yesterday he would not seek re-election to the City Council — less than a week after the longtime councilman filed with King County Elections to run for another term. Kappler withdrew his candidacy with the elections office yesterday.
Kappler said he plans to spend more time with his family and take care of his 93-year-old parents in Seattle.
Kappler, first elected to the seven-member council in 1991, is a staunch advocate for environmental preservation. The councilman and his supporters discussed his decision to withdraw at his house Monday night. He said some of his supporters urged him to run again. Kappler cited the time commitment of serving as a councilman when he announced he would step down.
“They would love to see me on the council, but they realize 18 years is an awfully long time,” he said.
Kappler, a longtime member of the Issaquah Alps Trails Club, said he also plans to devote more time to the organization.
Kappler became the second incumbent to sidestep a re-election bid. Councilman John Rittenhouse bowed out last week. Kappler said he plans to talk with Rittenhouse about what they can accomplish together in their remaining months as councilmen.
“John, we’ve still got half a year left,” Kappler said. “What things should we think about in terms of getting done?”
Kappler endorsed political newcomer Tola Marts in the race to succeed him. Marts will face another newcomer, Nathan Perea, in the contest for the Position 7 council seat.
June 11 was the deadline for candidates to withdraw ahead of the Aug. 18 primary election.
In addition to the Position 7 race, Council President Maureen McCarry will face Joan Probala for the Position 5 seat. Councilwoman Eileen Barber and newcomer Mark Mullet face no opposition in the contests for their respective seats.
Mayor Ava Frisinger is also running unopposed for a fourth term.
Candidates running unopposed could still face challenges from write-in candidates. The last day to file for election as a write-in candidate is Aug. 17.
Kappler, 60, said he plans to complete his council term, which ends Dec. 31. He said he would continue to attend council meetings as a citizen activist.
“I’ll be there for all of the parks, trails and open space issues,” Kappler said.