Final election results reveal low turnout

December 3, 2013

King County certified the general election results Nov. 26.

No changes were made to the initial local results.

Mayor-elect Fred Butler slightly widened his lead against Joe Forkner, ultimately gaining 74 percent of the vote. The four City Council races were all unopposed, handing Eileen Barber, Stacy Goodman, Tola Marts and newcomer Mary Lou Pauly four-year terms.

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Issaquah School Board honored as WSSDA board of distinction for fifth year

November 24, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 24, 2013

The Issaquah School Board was one of 15 entities in the state named as a Board of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors’ Association on Nov. 18.

It’s the fifth consecutive year Issaquah has earned the Board of Distinction honor. Issaquah’s board is comprised of Brian Deagle, Marnie Maraldo, Alison Meryweather, Anne Moore and Suzanne Weaver.

The other school boards that earned distinctions were Anacortes, Auburn, Ferndale, Franklin Pierce, Kent, Lake Stevens, Monroe, Port Angeles, Pullman, South Kitsap, Sunnyside, Tumwater, University Place and Vancouver.

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Challenger Lisa Callan bests incumbent for school board seat

November 12, 2013

A week after the Nov. 5 general election, challenger Lisa Callan has widened her lead and won a seat on the Issaquah School Board.

Numbers posted to the King County Elections’ website Nov. 8 show Callan with 9,141 votes, nearly 600 more than incumbent board member Alison Meryweather.

Callan’s vote total represents 51.52 percent of the total ballots counted. While there may be a few thousand ballots left to count, Callan’s lead has grown since initial results were reported. Her lead is also well above the threshold of 0.5 percent that would trigger a mandatory recount.

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Editorial

October 22, 2013

Lisa Callan for school board seat

Issaquah School District voters are fortunate to have two excellent choices for school board director seat 4. Both Alison Meryweather and Lisa Callan applied for the vacancy last spring when Chad Magendanz resigned to serve in the state Legislature.

The school board members struggled with the appointment, first split evenly between the two women. Eventually, Meryweather got the appointment.

Meryweather does have more lobbying experience and her confidence and knowledge makes her a leader in that arena. But community comes first.

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Slippery slopes are paved with good intentions

October 22, 2013

One has to sympathize with Allen Anderson for what transpired Oct. 10.

The longtime custodian at Issaquah High School has regularly worn a camouflage-printed jacket and carried an umbrella into work. But this particular day, someone mistook his signature look for that of a mysterious gunman.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

The high school and other nearby schools went into lockdown. When Anderson realized it was he who had caused the confusion, he told school administrators who advised him to turn himself in to the police surrounding the school.

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Attend Issaquah Press, Cable TV Commission candidate forum Oct. 17

October 15, 2013

Mayoral and school board candidates will face the public and each other during a forum sponsored by The Issaquah Press and Issaquah’s Cable TV Commission Oct. 17.

Beginning at 7 p.m., in Council Chambers at 135 E. Sunset Way, mayoral Candidates Fred Butler and Joe Forkner, as well as school board candidates Alison Meryweather and Lisa Callan, will have a three-minute opening statement followed by a round of questions submitted by The Issaquah Press, then a round of public questions, followed by candidates asking a question of their rival.

The candidates will be allowed one-minute answers. Issaquah Press Publisher Debbie Berto will moderate the event.

If unable to attend, email questions to dberto@isspress.com. Please include a name and phone number.

Alison Meryweather, Lisa Callan vie for Issaquah School Board seat

October 1, 2013

Alison Meryweather and Lisa Callan are familiar with each other, having been finalists for the Issaquah School Board’s vacant position earlier this year.

Meryweather was appointed to the Position 4 post — left open by Chad Magendanz’s move to the state House of Representatives — in March. But Meryweather will have to impress voters to keep the job, and Callan will challenge her again on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The Position 4 seat covers the southeast region of the district. Although candidates run for a specific geographic seat, voters districtwide cast ballots for all Issaquah School Board members. Members are elected to four-year terms.

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Issaquah mayor, school board candidates face off in first forum

September 19, 2013

NEW — 11:22 a.m. Sept. 19, 2013

Differences became apparent between candidates in the Sept. 17 candidate forum.

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce welcome the two mayoral contenders and the two seeking a school board position to Blakely Hall for the kickoff of campaign season.

City Council President Fred Butler and Councilman Joe Forkner met each other for a first public appearance directly related to seeking November votes.

Moderated by Erin McCallum, of the Strategic Campaign Group, the forum allowed candidates 90-second answers to a variety of questions asked by McCallum and the audience.

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RSVP now for candidate forum tonight

September 17, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 17, 2013

Meet mayoral and school board candidates tonight at a candidate forum at Blakely Hall in the Issaquah Highlands.

The Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the Issaquah Highlands Council have partnered to organize the communitywide forum to provide businesses and residents with an opportunity to hear directly from candidates about the topics of creating a strong economy, education/workforce development and community success.

The forum will feature the candidates from the local races who have declared competitors, including mayoral candidates Fred Butler and Joe Forkner, and school board candidates Lisa Callan and Alison Meryweather.

The event format is organized by the chamber’s Government Affairs Committee and will be moderated by Erin McCallum, of Strategic Campaign Group.

The forum is from 4-6 p.m. at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.  The public is invited, but RSVP is mandatory to ensure sufficient seating. Make your reservation here.

Alison Meryweather fills school board vacancy

April 2, 2013

The search for the fifth member of the Issaquah School Board is over.

After two rounds of interviews, the board voted 3-1 March 20 to appoint Alison Meryweather to the District 4 seat left vacant Jan. 9, when Chad Magendanz resigned to serve in the state Legislature. Meryweather was sworn in at the beginning of the board’s March 27 meeting.

By Greg Farrar Alison Meryweather sits in her Squak Mountain Loop Southwest home, at the kitchen island and nerve center of all her previous PTSA, Issaquah Schools Foundation and state legislative lobbying activities.

By Greg Farrar
Alison Meryweather sits in her Squak Mountain Loop Southwest home, at the kitchen island and nerve center of all her previous PTSA, Issaquah Schools Foundation and state legislative lobbying activities.

“Alison brings passion for public education and experience in advocating for kids,” board president Brian Deagle said in a statement released by the Issaquah School District. “She has volunteered countless hours for our district, and we are excited for her to extend her service to the board of directors.”

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