October 18, 2011
Schaer has earned another council term
The choice in Issaquah’s only contested City Council race is stark.
Incumbent Joshua Schaer articulates a clear vision for the future. Schaer has fashioned a reputation as a councilman unwilling to yield just for the sake of another unanimous vote. Such independence is valuable for a council member and even better for the citizens he represents.
Schaer also brings a broad understanding of the tiny details of city policy — a critical factor for elected officials as the council delves into the Central Issaquah Plan, a medical marijuana ordinance and other hefty issues in the year ahead.
Schaer deserves credit for pushing the first-on-the-Eastside food-packaging ordinance to ban Styrofoam takeout containers. In his second term, however, he needs to lead the charge to increase compliance with the ordinance.
Challenger TJ Filley initially built a single-issue campaign around the pedestrian bridge across Interstate 90 at state Route 900. Though Filley deserves praise for attracting attention to the late and over-budget project, the continued focus on the now-completed bridge is counterproductive.
Filley needs more local experience, while Schaer has earned a second term.
Return Deagle, Weaver to Issaquah School Board
The Issaquah School Board is fortunate to have solid, professional, dedicated men and women willing to serve the district.
Brian Deagle and Suzanne Weaver, both incumbents, are still the best choice. Both have been board members through the tough economic times. While the budget for schools has fallen, student performance has not.
Deagle regularly makes his presence felt on the school board, asking the tough questions before casting a vote. In recent months, his probing of the proposed school bond over the course of three months led to some revisions and reduced costs. It’s the kind of challenge that citizens want to see in a representative.
Weaver has creative ideas for schools and is passionate about changes that will promote better education of our students. Her business background has been valuable to the board. She is an articulate, no-nonsense board member.
Challengers Pat Sansing and Brian Neville hold promise for future leadership roles in the school district, whether on the board or in another capacity. Their commitment seems genuine and we hope to see their involvement continue.