Meet candidates for local, regional offices at forum

October 4, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

Hear from the candidates for City Council, Issaquah School Board and Port of Seattle at a candidate forum sponsored by The Issaquah Press.

The forum is meant to offer voters a chance to learn about local candidates as the clock ticks down to Election Day. King County Elections is due to mail ballots to voters in late October. The forum starts at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the King County Library Service Center.

The forum is not a debate. Candidates offer opening statements to the audience and then answer a series of questions from reporters as Publisher Debbie Berto moderates the discussion.

Organizers also plan to collect questions from audience members for possible inclusion in the forum. The last question is reserved for candidates to quiz their opponents.

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The Issaquah Press candidate forum

  • 6:30-9:15 p.m. Oct. 13
  • King County Library Service Center
  • 960 Newport Way N.W.

The forum includes candidates in contested and uncontested races.

In the lone contested council race, newcomer TJ Filley is running against incumbent Councilman Joshua Schaer for the Position 4 seat.

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 school board races, incumbents Brian Deagle and Suzanne Weaver face challengers in the nonpartisan races.

Deagle, a Sammamish resident, faces challenger Patrick Sansing, a Sammamish resident, for the Director District No. 3 seat.

Weaver, a Sammamish resident, faces Issaquah resident Brian Neville to retain the Director District No. 5 seat.

Bellevue resident Anne Moore is running unopposed for outgoing board member Jan Colbrese’s post.

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.

Starting Oct. 15, the forum is scheduled to air on Issaquah Channel 21 at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. each day until Election Day, Nov. 8.

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