Press Editorial

October 20, 2009

By Staff

Our recommendations in local elections

City Council

Issaquah voters didn’t fare too well this year, getting candidate choices for only two of its four open City Council positions. But the quality of the four candidates running for positions 5 and 7 are excellent. The candidates have generated a vigorous debate about the issues and all merit your consideration.We have listened to the candidates carefully and offer our endorsements as food for thought as you study your ballot options.

Position 5 – Maureen McCarry. McCarry is seeking her second elected term on the council, and deserves it. She has worked hard, listens well and brings both knowledge and passion to the council. She is willing to stand up for her beliefs while challenging others, but is nearly always willing to seek compromise when needed. Challenger Joan Probala is about the most prepared of any challenger we’ve seen, having served on three city commissions and has worked hard to bring South Cove into the city limits. She’s ready for elected office, but McCarry’s experience should not be traded in.

Position 7 – Tola Marts. In this race, there are two new faces, both shy on city leadership experience. Marts moved into the city three years ago and got involved in a local PTA and school site council. His opponent, Nathan Perea, is a resident of the Issaquah Highlands, where he serves as a neighborhood captain, and is on a chamber of commerce committee. Listen carefully to the two and Perea has the most new ideas, but Marts has studied the city issues and is better prepared to step into outgoing Councilman David Kappler’s shoes. There is no doubt Perea is going to be an exciting new leader for Issaquah, but we’d like to see him broaden his community roles a bit more.

School board

The Issaquah School Board has one challenged seat. Marnie Maraldo and Wright Noel are both vying to represent the south end of the district, represented by Connie Fletcher for the past 16 years.

Both Noel and Maraldo would be exemplary school board members, but Maraldo’s leadership in PTA and on legislative issues regarding education and school funding demonstrates that she has the passion, knowledge, talent and time for the job.

Issaquah attorney Noel’s willingness to be a leader in the school community should be called into use, but Maraldo is better prepped to go.

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5 Responses to “Press Editorial”

  1. Marnie Receives Endorsement from Issaquah Press « Marnie Maraldo – Candidate for Issaquah School Board – District 2 on October 21st, 2009 12:46 am

    […] October 20, 2009 · Leave a Comment In the October 21, 2009 print edition of the Issaquah Press, the paper endorses Marnie for Issaquah School Board District 2. Click here for the web link. […]

  2. Julie Varon on October 22nd, 2009 10:50 am

    I’m so glad Marnie’s enthusiasm and accomplishments are being recognized by the Issaquah Press’s endorsement. She is so well informed on the issues and can hit the road running. She has also displayed the ability to work as a team player and expressing her views in ways that can only help to problem solve. I encourage all to vote for Marnie.

  3. Chris Anderson on October 24th, 2009 12:14 pm

    I believe the Press has missed the mark on the school board position. Wright Noel has a sharpened approach to solving problems and an uncanny ability to think critically to solve difficult issues. This is the type of skill that I believe makes him the superior candidate for the school board. In addition, Wright has gained the trust of the community through years of local involvement and business ownership, placing him in a strong position to understand the needs and issues affecting schools and our children. I’m voting for Wright, and encourage all to do the same.

  4. Melanie Zimmerman on October 24th, 2009 12:55 pm

    Wright Noel has a no-nonsence approach to getting things done. Wright has great discernment and focuses time, attention and resources where the best results can be realized. He knows the needs of children and youth because he has worked with them in sports and other area youth organizations. He has children in both the primary and secondary grades and is committed to providing the best educational opportunities for all. Looking closely at the depth of experiences of both candidates, Wright is the one I want looking out for my kids.

  5. John Yeafoli on October 24th, 2009 4:53 pm

    Wright Noel may not have current visibility in educational circles; however, he dedicates many hours on behalf of youth activities in many venues, and is passionate about education. He is a man of strong character and ability whose perspective will strengthen the board.

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