King County Elections to host candidate workshops

May 6, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. May 6, 2011

The race for City Council seats launched in February, but people interested in running for seat on the council or the Issaquah School Board do not need to file for the race until June.

In the meantime, potential candidates can attend workshops to learn the basics of running for office. King County Elections is hosting complimentary workshops May 12 and 14.

Participants can discuss important information related to filing for office in King County. The session is open to candidates, campaign managers and community members.

Organizers plan to discuss the filing process, submitting information for the countywide voters’ pamphlet, voter lists and data management, campaign sign regulations and basic public-disclosure information.

Candidates can attend workshops from 2-4 p.m. May 12 and 9-11 a.m. May 14 at the elections office, 9010 E. Marginal Way S., Tukwila. R.S.V.P. via email to

In addition to the local races, the ballot includes countywide races for assessor and elections director. Candidates must file to run in Issaquah and other races by June 10.

Issaquah councilmen Fred Butler and Joshua Schaer already announced plans to run for re-election. Councilwoman Stacy Goodman, appointed to the board in March after Maureen McCarry resigned due to health problems, is in the race, too. Council President John Traeger opted against another term April 28, and endorsed candidate Paul Winterstein for the post.

Members serve at large and represent the entire city, rather than specific neighborhoods or defined geographic areas

The ballot also contains the school board seats held by Jan Woldseth Colbrese, Brian Deagle and Suzanne Weaver. State campaign finance records show no one has filed for the open board seats.

Unlike council members, school board members represent a defined geographic area. The district is the process of updating the area boundaries to account for 2010 Census data. Issaquah School District administrators recommended for board candidates to confirm the boundaries before filing as a candidate.

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