April 30, 2013

By Staff

Candidates wanted, filing dates near

There is still time left to consider filing for a local elected office — the ultimate volunteer job.

This election season, Issaquah has four open seats within city government, which include positions currently held by Eileen Barber, Stacy Goodman, Tola Marts and Joe Forkner. The mayor’s seat is also in need of candidates, although two have expressed their intent to file.

Two seats with the Issaquah School Board are also open, those currently held by Marnie Maraldo and Alison Meryweather. Fire District 10 needs a commissioner, as does the Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District.

King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert has said she will run again, but challengers should not shy away from this full-time job. Issaquah area residents can also run for any of the four Port of Seattle commissioner seats

A lot of people will complain about what’s wrong with their town, school, county or country — and about those who are responsible.

But, not a lot of people are our own version of local heroes, willing to kiss their private lives goodbye to accept the time-consuming commitment — not only to go through a campaign, but then to attend countless meetings, read the incredible amount of documents you’ll need to understand and keep in touch with constituents through other community involvement. That’s the often-thankless job of an elected official.

It can also be the most rewarding job you’ll ever take on, helping to guide the vision of the community through sound policy, helping divergent voices be heard, and making a difference for countless citizens of today and tomorrow.

Citizens willing to step up to the challenge can file for office May 13-17. Learn more at www.kingcounty.gov/elections/candidatefiling.aspx.

If you are one of many who decide the task is too big for your life, don’t let the campaign pass you by. Find a candidate you can support and do it. Whether writing a check or doorbelling to spread the word, you can be part of something grand — something we call democracy.

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