Join us for up-to-the minute results, reaction as Election Day wraps

November 3, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 3, 2009

Election results might be elusive as today — Election Day — draws to a close, but candidates will join supporters for some good cheer after the ballot deadline passes. Follow The Issaquah Press tonight, as reporters dart to candidate gatherings — and a few victory parties — and await election results.

Join reporters Warren Kagarise and Chantelle Lusebrink as they check in with City Council and school board candidates, live via Twitter. Join them @wkagarise and @clusebrink for candidate interviews, election analysis and a behind-the-scenes look at the end of the monthslong campaign.

King County Elections will post a batch of results at 8:15 p.m. If the tallies are close, candidates and voters will be left waiting until the elections office releases another round at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 4.

Follow along as our reporters check in with City Council candidates Maureen McCarry and Joan Probala, and Tola Marts and Nathan Perea, as well as school board hopefuls Marnie Maraldo and Wright Noel.

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Robocalls puzzle City Council candidates

November 1, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 1, 2009

City Council candidates want to know who paid for robocalls made on behalf of contenders Nathan Perea and Joan Probala a week before Election Day.

Perea and Probala disavowed knowledge of the calls or the entity behind them. No evidence ties the robocalls to the Perea or Probala campaigns. The automated calls encourage voters to cast ballots for Perea and Probala.

“I would like you to vote today for Joan Probala and Nathan Perea for the Issaquah City Council, and mail your ballot today,” a woman said in the message. Issaquah voters said they received the call early last week.

Perea faces Tola Marts in the contest for the Position 7 seat. Probala is vying against incumbent Maureen McCarry in the Position 5 race.

The candidates raised concerns about the robocalls because the messages do not identify the entity behind the message, or even the woman in the call.

“I’ve worked hard and I want to feel good about what I’ve done,” Probala said. “Now, there’s a cloud hanging over Nathan and I.”

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All-mail election could keep decision unknown on Nov. 3

October 27, 2009

When City Council candidate Joan Probala and her supporters gather at Gibson Hall on election night, the crowd could be cheated out of knowing how the months-long campaign culminates. Read more

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Candidates tout endorsements as Election Day nears

October 27, 2009

Issaquah city and schools candidates rolled out long lists of endorsements — from elected officials, community leaders, business groups and political parties — during the push for votes.

Endorsements provide fodder for campaign ads and reassure voters with questions about candidates. The nods can also provide clues to party affiliations of candidates in the nonpartisan City Council and school board races.

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Voters will decide fire-protection funding measure

October 27, 2009

Voters will decide fire-protection funding measure

Voters in Klahanie, Preston, Tiger Mountain, May Valley and Carnation — the area covered by Fire Protection District 10 — will decide whether to reauthorize a charge to provide dollars for emergency fire and medical service on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Proposition 1 would lower the district property tax rate from $1.50 to a maximum of $1 per $1,000 of assessed value. No organized opposition to Proposition 1 has materialized.

District officials said a lower property tax rate in conjunction with the charge — based upon building size and use — is a more equitable and stable way to pay for emergency services.

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Press Editorial

October 20, 2009

Our recommendations in local elections

City Council

Issaquah voters didn’t fare too well this year, getting candidate choices for only two of its four open City Council positions. But the quality of the four candidates running for positions 5 and 7 are excellent. The candidates have generated a vigorous debate about the issues and all merit your consideration. Read more

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Watch county, city video voter guides on the Web

October 19, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 19, 2009

As ballots arrive in King County voters’ mailboxes, the county Video Voter’s Guide has returned to help residents guide their decisions before the Nov. 3 election.

Watch the guide on King County TV or on the Web.

The guide enables voters to hear directly from countywide candidates. Advocates for ballot issues are also featured in the guide. Every candidate and issue is allowed to present a two-minute statement.

The guide includes statements from candidates for county executive, assessor, County Council District 9, Port of Seattle Commission and from speakers on countywide ballot measures.

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City Council candidates Tola Marts, Nathan Perea outline visions

October 14, 2009

NEW — 12:20 p.m. Oct. 14, 2009

Between now and Nov. 3, Issaquah voters will choose a successor to longtime City Councilman David Kappler.

Besides the Position 7 race, voters will decide between incumbent Council President Maureen McCarry, a Squak Mountain resident, and South Cove real estate agent Joan Probala in the Position 5 contest. Mayor Ava Frisinger, Councilwoman Eileen Barber and newcomer Mark Mullet are running unopposed. Mullet will become the first Issaquah Highlands representative on the City Council.

Meet political newcomers Tola Marts, a Squak Mountain resident and engineer, and Nathan Perea, a highlands resident and mortgage adviser. The candidates hope to succeed Kappler in the Position 7 seat.

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Council candidates look toward future at forum

October 13, 2009

City Council candidates envisioned redevelopment of the commercial district, promised to protect crucial city services and looked beyond the defunct Southeast Bypass — the defining issue of the 2007 municipal election — at a campaign forum last week.

Organized by The Issaquah Press and moderated by Publisher Debbie Berto, the Oct. 8 forum drew Position 5 candidates Maureen McCarry and Joan Probala, and Position 7 hopefuls Tola Marts and Nathan Perea. The candidates, bedecked in campaign buttons, spent the hourlong forum fielding questions from Berto about issues including the economy, growth and transportation. Read more

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R.S.V.P. for chamber candidate luncheon by Friday morning

October 8, 2009

NEW — 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8, 2009

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders will host a luncheon and candidate forum Tuesday.

The event will feature City Council candidates Maureen McCarry and Joan Probala, and Tola Marts and Nathan Perea, and school board candidates Marnie Maraldo and Wright Noel.

Register for the event by 9 a.m. Friday. Call the chamber at 392-7024 or e-mail Adrianne Pavlik at to make a reservation.

The event will be held at Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 N.W. Gilman Blvd. A meet and greet with the candidates begins at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m., and the program begins then. The cost is $25 for members with advance reservations and $35 for all walk-in attendees.

“It is important that candidates for City Council and school board know that the 467 members of the chamber are interested in their stance on issues affecting Issaquah business,” chamber CEO Matt Bott said.

Befitting the host, the questions will be focused on business. The chamber does not endorse candidates.

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