November 12, 2013
One election down, next one right behind
It was a seemingly painless election that climaxed Tuesday, Nov. 5, when the first ballot returns were announced.
There had been no name-calling or innuendos, few election yard signs — and very few candidates and issues. One of the most boring general elections in years captured the attention of only about 40 percent of Issaquah’s 19,250 registered voters. (The election will be certified Nov. 26.)
In spite of the low turnout, Issaquah came out a winner. Residents will soon welcome Fred Butler as the city’s new mayor, the park bond will allow big improvements to the four-decade old pool, and we will all get acquainted with new Issaquah School Board member Lisa Callan.
But hold onto your hats, the election season in Issaquah is just getting warmed up! By mid-January, ballots will again be in the mail, with three important decisions to be determined:
- Klahanie voters will decide whether they should join the city of Issaquah once and for all. The outcome will affect all city residents, whether they live in Klahanie or not. We’ll explore the impacts in The Issaquah Press in the weeks ahead.
- The Issaquah School District three-part levy and bond requests totaling about $253 million will be heavily scrutinized. Volunteers for Issaquah Schools is already gathering campaign donations and signatures of support to help get the vote out and the measures passed. The Press will be there as always to dig deeper into understanding the needs.
- And then there is the plastic bag ban. City voters must choose between continuing toward the ambitious goal of learning to pay a nickel for a paper sack or bringing their own reusable bags for groceries and other purchases, or calling it quits and returning to our dependence on free plastic bags for all.
If you didn’t get registered to vote — or change your voter address — in time for last week’s election, you’ll want to get it done now. There are big decisions ahead