Bob Brady resigns water district post just two months after election

January 28, 2014

By Ari Cetron

After winning election in November by just 60 votes, Bob Brady has resigned his seat on the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District board of directors.

After the election, Brady began spending time in Arizona as a “snow bird,” someone who lives in warmer climates during the colder parts of the year. He planned to try to serve on the board from long distance when he was away.

“I tried the snowbird route and did attend board meetings via long distance. That did not work well,” Brady wrote in an email. “Being active and present is too valuable, especially with other meetings affecting the district. At the first of the year, I realized snow-birding was not going to continue to work out well in any configuration I could imagine for the people of the district, so I chose to retire.”

Brady went on to say he did not make the decision prior to the election because he had not been attempting to “snow bird” then.

District General Manager Jay Krauss said he was informed of Brady’s resignation in late December via email. Because of a glitch in the email system, he wasn’t sure of the exact date.

Brady was a one-term incumbent when he defeated Brett Muhlestein in the November election by a vote of 5,078 to 5,018 (50 percent to 49.5 percent).

The remaining members of the district board will now appoint a replacement to fill Brady’s seat. They have 90 days from the date of Brady’s resignation to make a decision.

Krauss said the person’s term will run through 2015 — the date of the next sewer district election — at which point the appointee would have to run for election.

Muhlestein said he plans to apply for the appointment, noting his experience campaigning in the close race.

Get details about how to apply for the seat at http://spwsd.org/pdf/CommissionerVacancyPacket.pdf.

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