Former school board member enters race for Congress

January 31, 2012

Larry Ishmael, a former Issaquah School Board member and Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee in 2006 and 2008, is running for Congress in the redrawn 1st Congressional District.

The independent candidate eschewed a party label for the latest run, but said voters seek a candidate unattached to the political establishment in either party.

“The reasons I ran in 2006 are the same reasons I am running today, bitter partisan politics have destroyed Congress’s ability to accomplish anything for the American people,” he said in a statement. “The only way to break the cycle of pain is to elect more independents that are willing to represent their constituents in Congress and not their political party or special interest groups.”

Ishmael faltered in the contests against the incumbent Democrat, garnering 32 percent against Inslee in 2006 and 2008 — both strong years for Democrats in Washington and nationwide. Inslee is running for governor against Republican state Attorney General Rob McKenna.

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Larry Ishmael, former Issaquah School Board member, enters race for Congress

January 30, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 30, 2012

Larry Ishmael, a former Issaquah School Board member and Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee in 2006 and 2008, is running for Congress in the redrawn 1st Congressional District.

The independent candidate eschewed a party label for the latest run, but said voters seek a candidate unattached to the political establishment in either party.

“The reasons I ran in 2006 are the same reasons I am running today, bitter partisan politics have destroyed Congress’s ability to accomplish anything for the American people,” he said in a statement. “The only way to break the cycle of pain is to elect more independents that are willing to represent their constituents in Congress and not their political party or special interest groups.”

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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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New chamber CEO sets 2009 goals

March 2, 2009

Chamber of commerce CEO Matthew Bott

Chamber of commerce CEO Matthew Bott

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matthew Bott, who settled into his new role last week, said he sees opportunity for local businesses despite the sinking economy.

Despite the downturn, Issaquah remains attractive for several reasons, he said, pointing to a high standard of living, good schools and business-friendly policies. Read more

Chamber names new executive

February 24, 2009

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Matthew Bott

Matthew Bott started his new role as CEO of the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 23.

“I am very excited to join the leadership team at the chamber,” Bott said in a chamber news release. “I look forward to working with the business community and local leaders as we continue to support and promote Issaquah as an outstanding community to live in and conduct business.”

Bott brings prior experience in selling membership, which chamber leaders said would be critical in his leadership role.

“Increasing Issaquah Chamber membership is very important and we are excited about having Matt take this chamber to the next level,” Issaquah Chamber Board Chairman Bob Ittes said in the release.

Bott recently moved to Seattle from Washington, D.C. He served for six years as assistant executive director for the Kappa Sigma Fraternity International headquarters. Bott also brings about seven years of nonprofit experience to his chamber role.

Bott recently completed a master’s in business administration from George Washington University, where he studied marketing and strategy. In addition, Bott served as student government president at Boise State University.

Outgoing Issaquah Chamber Board Chairman Larry Ishmael filled the interim CEO position through the end of February to allow a smooth transition.

Chamber names new CEO

February 12, 2009

NEW — 1:22 p.m. Feb. 12, 2009

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce has hired Matthew Bott as its chief executive officer. He starts Feb. 23.

Bott brings a great deal of prior experience selling membership, which will be critical, according to a press release.

“Increasing Issaquah Chamber membership is very important and we are excited about having Matt take this chamber to the next level,” Chamber Board Chairman Bob Ittes said in the release.

Matthew Bott

Matthew Bott

 

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Flood still causing struggles

January 27, 2009

* Editor’s note: This story contains corrected information.

Owners of Gilman Square shops are asking for you to help keep them from closing and aid them in their recovery.

“Speaking for all of the tenants at Gilman Square, we need to let the entire community know who we are, what we are going through and that we are open for business,” said Patty Green, owner of Sisters Antiques. “We are all cash-flow businesses and without our wonderful customers, we cannot survive.”

The six businesses are Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant, Casual Dining Counterstools and Dinettes, West Coast Armory, Sisters Antiques, Leathers Home Furnishings & Accessories and Graybeard’s Gilman Antique Gallery. All are open except Lombardi’s. Read more

Chamber organizes fund drive to help flooded businesses

January 19, 2009

Businesses at  Gilman Square are swamped with water Jan. 8 at the corner of Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Seventh Avenue Northwest. By Greg Farrar.

Businesses at Gilman Square are swamped with water Jan. 8 at the corner of Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Seventh Avenue Northwest. By Greg Farrar.

Issaquah city and chamber officials are asking for your help to aid several Gilman Square businesses severely affected by the January flooding.

“We need to coalesce around these local vendors and help them in any way we can,” said Larry Ishmael, interim president of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. “We want to make sure these businesses are able to continue, because they bring revenue into the city, tax dollars into the city and add to the vibrant economy that we have.” Read more

City named top retirement spot

September 23, 2008

U.S. News & World Report ranks other cities

Issaquah has landed in the national spotlight with a US News and World Report article naming the city as one of the top retirement destinations in the country.

The article, written by Hillary Quinn, is in the Sept. 18 issue of the magazine.

Issaquah was depicted as a “gem of a city,” and the Issaquah Highlands as an ideal urban village. Quinn was clearly smitten by the natural beauty.

“Just as compelling as the network of meandering paths and child-safe streets of the Highlands is the beauty of surrounding Tiger, Cougar, and Squak mountains, in which Issaquah is nestled,” she wrote. “The elaborate trail system connects to this trio, enabling active residents to walk out their front door and find themselves in a permanently preserved forest in a matter of minutes.”

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