Leader by a landslide

November 12, 2013

Voters overwhelmingly choose Fred Butler to replace longtime mayor

By Greg Farrar Fred Butler, holding notes for a speech with two different endings, shares his gratitude to a roomful of supporters at Gibson Hall Nov. 5 for all their help. The first set of election numbers gave him a convincing victory to become the first new Issaquah mayor in 16 years.

By Greg Farrar
Fred Butler, holding notes for a speech with two different endings, shares his gratitude to a roomful of supporters at Gibson Hall Nov. 5 for all their help. The first set of election numbers gave him a convincing victory to become the first new Issaquah mayor in 16 years.

Fred Butler will serve as Issaquah’s first new mayor in 16 years.

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Friendly setting finds few feuds between mayoral candidates

October 22, 2013

Mayoral candidates City Council President Fred Butler and City Councilman Joe Forkner restated major themes in a largely agreeable forum Oct. 17.

In one-minute answers, both candidates stuck to their agendas, which remain fairly similar.

“When I retired form Seattle City Light as their chief engineer, I decided to devote myself to public service,” Butler said during his opening statements. “I believe in sustainability. All decisions need to take in the three legs of sustainability: people, planet and prosperity.”

By Greg Farrar Fred Butler (left) and Joe Forkner conclude their mayoral candidate forum Oct. 17 with a handshake and some laughter.

By Greg Farrar
Fred Butler (left) and Joe Forkner conclude their mayoral candidate forum Oct. 17 with a handshake and some laughter.

Forkner took the insider’s approach, citing his years of work within city government and as a board volunteer.

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EFR board unanimous that outside facilitator is needed

July 9, 2013

The Eastside Fire & Rescue board isn’t really known for unanimous decisions, especially when discussing the partners’ funding model. But at a June 13 regular meeting, they all agreed it was time to look at hiring an independent facilitator.

EFR is a consortium of Sammamish, Issaquah, North Bend and Fire Districts 10 and 38, but Sammamish officials have called the funding model unfair because it bases payments on the value of property rather than the number of service calls.

Sammamish officials had been trying to convince other members of EFR to switch to a funding model based 75 percent on property value and 25 percent on the number of service calls, but the other EFR partners rejected the proposal in March.

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