City Council interviews applicants Tuesday

February 28, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 28, 2011

The nine applicants for a City Council vacancy face the council Tuesday night, as the process to select a successor to former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry nears a coda.

Candidates face the council in public interviews scheduled for a special council meeting at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 135 E. Sunset Way. Then, after the 10-minute interviews, council members could recess into a closed-door executive session to discuss candidates’ qualifications.

Under state law, the council can discuss candidates’ qualifications in a closed-door session, but interviews and the decision must occur in public meetings.

Many candidates bring experience in municipal government or a keen understanding of council business to the interview process.

The vote to appoint a member to the council is scheduled for March 7, though the appointee might not join the council until later in the month. The salary for council members is $700 per month.

The midterm opening for the Position 5 seat attracted nine candidates:

  • Michael Beard, a district manager for a facilities maintenance company and a former U.S. Navy flight officer
  • Joe Forkner, a former councilman a longtime city Cable TV Commission member
  • Stacy Goodman, a Carson & Noel PLLC associate attorney and past editor of The Issaquah Press
  • Cristina Mehling, a longtime attorney and Issaquah Highlands resident
  • Nina Milligan, a highlands resident and a member of the city Urban Village Development Commission
  • Erik Olson, a Boeing analyst and a Talus resident
  • Mary Lou Pauly, a longtime city Development Commission member
  • Nathan Perea, a 2009 candidate and a member of the Planning Policy and Urban Village Development commissions
  • Paul Winterstein, a community advocate for human services and cycling concerns

The appointee to the vacant seat will serve until the next council election in November. The victor in the council race serves until Dec. 31, 2013.

McCarry created the vacancy late last year after she resigned to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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