Candidate field has few surprises
May 21, 2013
By Peter Clark
Last week’s candidate filing period in King County ended without any local surprises.
In the first election cycle in 16 years without Mayor Ava Frisinger on the ballot, only the two previously announced contenders threw their hat into the ring. Council President Fred Butler and Councilman Joe Forkner had both announced their intentions months ago to seek the office.
Of the four council positions that are up for election in November, all of the entrants will be unchallenged. Mary Lou Pauly, Eileen Barber, Stacy Goodman and Tola Marts entered the race for City Council positions one, three, five and seven, respectively. They had all announced their intentions to run before the filing week. Barber, Goodman and Marts are all currently sitting on the council. Pauly, who will seek the seat vacated by Forkner in his mayoral bid, was a finalist for that council position in January.
For the Issaquah School Board, incumbent Marnie Maraldo is running unopposed. The other race features a contest between Alison Meryweather and Lisa Callan. The two were recently finalists to be appointed to the seat. The board chose Meryweather.
The Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District will see its first race in years as Brett Muhlestein runs to unseat Commissioner Robert Brady.
Incumbent Kathy Lambert will, once again, be unopposed in her run for the King County Council seat representing Issaquah, Sammamish and the rest of District 3.
County Council District 9 incumbent Reagan Dunn will face two challengers in his search for another term. Kristina Macomber and Shari Song have filed to run for the position against him.
All four races for Ports Commission are contested this year.
Sheriff John Urquhart is uncontested in his run for re-election.
County Executive Dow Constantine has drawn three opponents, but political observers do not expect any of them to pose a serious challenge.