January 14, 2014
Be sure you’re ready to vote in the Feb. 11 special election.
The deadline for in-person registration for new Washington voters is Feb. 3.
More than half of King County voters will receive ballots, which will be mailed Jan. 22. Sixteen school districts, including Issaquah, the city of Issaquah and the Klahanie Annexation Area have measures on ballots.
January 11, 2014
NEW — Noon Jan. 11, 2014
Be sure you’re ready to vote in the Feb. 11 special election by updating your voter registration if you’ve changed your name or address.
If you’re not yet registered to vote, now is a good time.
More than half of King County voters will receive ballots, which will be mailed Jan. 22. Sixteen school districts, the city of Issaquah and the Klahanie Annexation Area have measures on ballots.
January 7, 2014
New Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler has some big shoes to fill and he has already stepped into them.
Though Butler’s official swearing-in did not happen until the City Council’s Jan. 6 meeting, he began his new job Jan. 1. After winning the Nov. 5 election with 75 percent of the vote, he has had two months to prepare for the job.
“It has been a great transition,” Butler said. “The transition actually started during the election.”
He said in the midst of the mayoral campaign, now former-mayor Ava Frisinger and City Administrator Bob Harrison sat down with Butler and his opponent Joe Forkner to discuss emerging issues facing Issaquah and what a transition would require.
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.
November 5, 2013
NEW — 10:07 p.m. Nov. 5, 2013
Fred Butler will serve as Issaquah’s first new mayor in 16 years.
After a cordial campaign, where Butler and opponent City Councilman Joe Forkner repeatedly praised one another, the city’s voters have loudly spoken with initial reports showing a 75 percent victory for the 12 year council veteran. King County reports having counted 4,414 ballots out of 19,250 registered voters.
October 22, 2013
2013 mayor candidates questions and answers
How will you address traffic problems, short term and long term?
Joe Forkner: Upgrading the current Intelligent Transportation System to the next generation real-time system would be short term and better public transportation long term.
Fred Butler: Take an integrated system approach to get maximum efficiency from our transportation and commute trip programs, upgrade ITS and apply Adaptive Transportation Management where appropriate.
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.”
Forkner took the insider’s approach, citing his years of work within city government and as a board volunteer.
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.
October 15, 2013
For the first time in six years, there’s a contested race for a seat on the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District board of directors. One-term incumbent Bob Brady will face political newcomer Brett Muhlestein.
Brady said he wants another term because he feels he has unfinished work to do on the board.
“We’re kind of in the middle of a lot of things, and I’d like to see it through,” the retired Boeing employee said.
In particular, there’s a new asset management system to put in place, and some troubles with the city of Issaquah.
October 15, 2013
November’s ballot initiative to label genetically modified food has caused a large split between local action and out-of-state funding.
Initiative 522 will ask voters whether the state should enforce labeling on genetically modified foodstuffs when sold in Washington.
“This measure would require most raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, and seeds and seed stocks, if produced using genetic engineering, as defined, to be labeled as genetically engineered when offered for retail sale,” the Nov. 5 ballot reads.
The question has stirred the state on both sides of the Cascades, and Issaquah residents and leaders have taken to the issue.