September 29, 2009
What are your feelings about the number of unopposed races in city elections?
Apparently those unopposed have not done anything to cause someone to come forward who would do it differently.
Ken Sessler, Issaquah
I think it’s a shame that as city voters we don’t have any choice with some positions. With the large population that we have, you would think that more folks would have wanted to get involved in their local government.
Michele Forkner, Issaquah
I’ve not seen much publicity to increase awareness about the ability to run in a city election. Make it simple and easily accessible and more will run. Granted, if someone had a burning desire to serve, they would make a point of finding out how. But it might spark more people’s interest if the opportunity to run were marketed well.
Monica Drakes, Issaquah
Problem that mayor runs unopposed. No one thought that they could beat Ava (Frisinger), so now she doesn’t have to ponder her “shortfailings.” Not good.
Connie Marsh, Issaquah
It is sad there are not more people with the desire and time for public service. However, an election is necessary even in the unopposed races to allow every voting citizen the right to choose, which would include the choice of a write-in.
Nancy Ward, Issaquah
Sad that we do not have more new young participants.
Matthew Balkman, Issaquah
I think it is bad. If I lived in the city limits I would consider running against any unopposed candidate.
Jim Harris, Issaquah
It is demonstrative of how impactful our citizens strive to be in making our town better.
Bryan Weinstein, Issaquah