Few candidates face challengers in local races
June 14, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
Issaquah residents face a choice in a single City Council race, and a trio of council members appears likely to cruise to election unchallenged.
Challenger TJ Filley entered the race against incumbent Councilman Joshua Schaer on June 10, as the candidate-filing period closed.
Incumbent Councilman Fred Butler, appointed Councilwoman Stacy Goodman and candidate Paul Winterstein did not attract opponents for the other council seats up for election in November.
In the races for the Issaquah School Board, incumbents Brian Deagle and Suzanne Weaver face challengers in the nonpartisan races.
Deagle, a Sammamish resident, has served on the board since October 2006. Challenger Patrick Sansing, a Sammamish resident, is running against Deagle for the Director District No. 3 seat.
Weaver faces Maple Valley resident Joseph Arnaud and Issaquah resident Brian Neville to retain the Director District No. 5 seat. Weaver, a Sammamish resident, has served on the board since January 2007.
Meanwhile, longtime board member Jan Woldseth Colbrese did not file to run for re-election. Bellevue resident Anne Moore is running unopposed for Colbrese’s post.
How to register to vote
In order to cast a ballot in the Aug. 16 primary election, King County residents must register to vote by July 18.
In order to register as a Washington voter, a person must be a U.S. citizen, a Washington resident, at least 18 by Election Day and not under the authority of the state Department of Corrections.
Voters do not have to register by political party or declare political party membership to vote in primary or general elections.
Find a full list of requirements and registration forms at the King County Elections website, www.kingcounty.gov/elections.
If a person does not register to vote online or by mail by the July deadline, he or she can register in person at the elections office, 9010 E. Marginal Way S., Tukwila, until Aug. 8.
Though political newcomers had a handful of City Council races to choose from, only Schaer attracted a challenger. The race is nonpartisan.
Filley, a downtown Issaquah resident, has served as a Republican precinct committee officer and was a delegate to the party’s state convention in 1988.
Schaer, running for a second term on the council, outpaced Issaquah Highlands resident Vincent Ippolito by a mere 274 votes out of 5,274 ballots cast in the November 2007 council election.
In the other council races, Butler is poised to clinch a fourth term. The electorate chose Butler for the council in 1999, and he cruised to re-election in 2003 and 2007.
Goodman, appointed to the council in March after Maureen McCarry resigned due to health problems, is running to fill the unexpired portion of McCarry’s term until December 2013.
The council picked Winterstein, a city Human Services Commission member, as the other finalist for McCarry’s former seat. In the initial balloting round, members deadlocked in a 3-3 tie between Goodman and Winterstein. Schaer cast the decisive vote to appoint Goodman.
Council President John Traeger opted out of a run for another term April 28, and endorsed candidate Winterstein for the seat.
Members serve at large and represent the entire city, rather than specific neighborhoods or defined geographic areas.
Unlike council members, school board members represent a defined geographic area. The school district includes 98,660 residents in a region from Preston to Newcastle, and from Sammamish to Renton.
Countywide, 503 people filed for election to city councils, school boards and special-use districts by the June 10 deadline. The lineup could change again, because candidates can withdraw until 4:30 p.m. June 16.
In the Issaquah area, only one candidate filed for each of the open seats on the Fire District 10 and the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District boards.
In the water district election, incumbents Tom Harman and Lloyd Warren did not attract challengers. The district includes encompasses North Issaquah neighborhoods, including Providence Point, and Klahanie in unincorporated King County.
In the fire district election, Michael Fisette and Donald Smith did not attract challengers, either. The district includes Klahanie, May Valley, Preston, Tiger Mountain and Carnation. Fire District 10 is a part of Eastside Fire & Rescue.
In a nonpartisan Port of Seattle commissioner race, Democrat Dean Willard, a Sammamish resident and onetime state House of Representatives candidate, is running against Republican incumbent Bill Bryant. Candidate Will “Walkin’ Will” Knedlik is also in the race.
Voters should start to receive primary election ballots after July 27. The deadline to return primary ballots is 8 p.m. Aug. 16.
Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.