Stacy Goodman, City Council appointee, launches campaign

April 12, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

Stacy Goodman

Stacy Goodman, a former journalist and attorney appointed to the City Council last month, announced plans April 8 to run for the seat in the November election.

“In just a short time, I see so many issues important to Issaquah and the region where I can represent people and make a difference,” she said in a statement.

Goodman, a past reporter and editor for The Issaquah Press, joined the council after a monthslong search to select a successor to Councilwoman Maureen McCarry.

Because Goodman joined the council a little more than a year into McCarry’s unfilled term, she is running to serve until December 2013, rather than a regular, four-year term.

The novice candidate settled in the Issaquah area in 1989, and moved to Issaquah Highlands in 2006. Before attending law school and joining Issaquah firm Carson & Noel, Goodman covered Issaquah City Hall as a reporter, and later editor, for nine years.

“I know this community well, and I know it from many viewpoints,” she said in the statement. “I’ve experienced life in Issaquah as a resident, a parent raising children, a volunteer, a journalist and now as a business owner. Of course I’ve seen it change over the past 22 years, but change can present us with some exciting opportunities as we shape the future of Issaquah.”

The council picked Goodman for the open seat after members listened to applicants for 90 minutes March 1 and cycled through a couple of rounds of balloting — and some political maneuvering — March 7 to fill McCarry’s former seat.

The former councilwoman resigned in December as symptoms from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, progressed.

In the initial balloting round, council members picked Goodman and applicant Paul Winterstein, a city Human Services Commission member, as top choices — and deadlocked in a 3-3 tie. Councilman Joshua Schaer cast the decisive vote to appoint Goodman.

On the council, she serves on the Services & Safety and Transportation committees — the panels responsible for overseeing the Issaquah Police Department, transportation infrastructure and other key issues.

“As a newer council member, I am most excited about talking to citizens about how I can best represent them,” she said in the statement. “I pledged during the appointment process to work hard, be accessible, listen, and ask tough questions. I intend to keep that pledge.”

Goodman also serves on the Eastside Human Services Forum board and as the city’s alternate representative to the Cascade Water Alliance.

Goodman joins councilmen Fred Butler and Schaer on the campaign trail. Schaer announced plans in February to run for re-election, and Butler joined the race in late March.

No other candidate has stepped forward. In addition to the seats held by Butler, Goodman and Schaer, Council President John Traeger’s post is up for election.

Candidates must file to run in Issaquah and other races by June 10.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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