May 21, 2013
Fall council elections look to be ho-hum
Isn’t it wonderful how happy everyone is with the future of the city of Issaquah?
We assume that’s the case, since incumbent City Council members up for re-election this fall have all gone unchallenged, giving Stacy Goodman, Tola Marts and Eileen Barber another four-year term. Even Mary Lou Pauly gets a free ride into office with no challenger for the council’s only open seat.
Apparently the potential for increased fire department costs, the potential annexation of 10,800 people in the Klahanie area and the beginning stages of redevelopment of the valley floor without any real transportation solutions is OK with everyone. Or, are there just no options and Issaquah residents are willing to accept continued growth as just the way it will be?
Don’t get us wrong. Every one of the incumbents has served the city well and we’re lucky they are willing to stay. But, we are admittedly surprised that only Pauly — as prepared as any candidate could ever be — is the only willing newcomer.
We do have two council incumbents who will challenge each other for the mayor’s spot. Ava Frisinger has been an accomplished mayor for 16 years and will be missed, but we look forward to new leadership — it’s just time. Candidates Joe Forkner and Fred Butler will give the community plenty of good discussion about the city’s future — provided anyone cares to listen.
School board candidate Alison Meryweather was appointed to the board’s open seat just weeks ago and will now stand for election in November. Our hats off to Lisa Callan, also an applicant for the appointment, who is passionate enough about her desire to serve on the school board to challenge Meryweather. Elections are not easy, but neither is public service.