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

Meet your school board candidates

October 11, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 11, 2009

Local Parents, Teachers and Students Associations are hosting a community forum and a community meeting with Issaquah School Board candidates Oct. 12 and 13.

Wright Noel and Marnie Maraldo are running for the Director District No. 2 position on school board.

The first event is a forum, held by the districtwide PTSA council, at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus, 24635 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road.

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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 apavlik@issaquahchamber.com 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.

Candidate forum to be televised live Oct. 8

October 6, 2009

Voters can learn what Issaquah City Council and Issaquah School Board candidates think about key issues at an Oct. 8 forum sponsored by The Issaquah Press. Read more

Register to vote by Monday

October 1, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 1, 2009

Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election. People who have moved recently or are not yet registered can register online at the King County Elections Web site.

In addition to the race for King County executive and several ballot measures, Issaquah voters will choose two City Council members and a school board director to succeed longtime board member Connie Fletcher, who was selected for the state Board of Education.

Candidates Marnie Maraldo and Wright Noel are seeking the school board’s Director District No. 2 seat.

City Council candidates Nathan Perea and Tola Marts are vying to succeed longtime Councilman David Kappler, who will retire.

Council President Maureen McCarry will face Joan Probala as she works to retain her seat.

Mayor Ava Frisinger and Councilwoman Eileen Barber are running unopposed. So is newcomer Mark Mullet, who will succeed one-term Councilman John Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse opted against a re-election campaign.

Election forums planned for school, City Council candidates

September 29, 2009

Voters can learn what Issaquah City Council and Issaquah School Board candidates think about key issues at an Oct. 8 forum sponsored by The Issaquah Press. Read more

Two vie for school board seat in Nov. 3 election

September 29, 2009

Two candidates — Marnie Maraldo and Wright Noel — are running for Issaquah School Board Director District No. 2.

It is the first time in 16 years the seat has been open; longtime board member Connie Fletcher isn’t seeking re-election.

The candidates are largely new to districtwide service, but both are active at their children’s schools and in the greater community. Read more

Families get called to political action

September 22, 2009

The Maraldo family works together on placing campaign signs for Marnie Maraldo (left), Issaquah School Board Position 2 candidate. Helping are Madeline, 6, Andrew, 10, and husband Tony.  By Chantelle Lusebrink

The Maraldo family works together on placing campaign signs for Marnie Maraldo (left), Issaquah School Board Position 2 candidate. Helping are Madeline, 6, Andrew, 10, and husband Tony. By Chantelle Lusebrink

When voters pick up a glossy flier from a local candidate or browse a campaign Web site, they learn about would-be officeholders. But voters also learn about a key piece of the candidates’ campaigns: families.

Candidates turn to family members in the closing weeks of the campaign to wave signs about busy intersections and chat up the campaigns at community meetings.

Candidates said spouses and children are never far from the action — and drudgery — of the campaign. Hopefuls for Issaquah City Council and school board said spouses greet voters at fundraisers, edit campaign speeches and, if the candidate has young children, to step in as caregiver while the candidate campaigns. Family members are also drafted to plant campaign signs and ring doorbells during voter canvassing.

Candidates said other benefits are less tangible. Families provide a bedrock of support and words of encouragement after a long day. Read more

Candidates turn to Facebook, Twitter to connect

September 15, 2009

Issaquah candidates have turned to the Web to sell their campaigns since the start of the Internet age. Now, with seven weeks until Election Day, City Council and school board hopefuls have broadened and refined strategies to reach voters. Read more

State Board of Education picks Connie Fletcher

September 8, 2009

Issaquah School Board member Connie Fletcher testifies earlier this year before the Washington State Board of Education in Olympia. By Issaquah School District

Issaquah School Board member Connie Fletcher testifies earlier this year before the Washington State Board of Education in Olympia. By Issaquah School District

Issaquah School Board member Connie Fletcher was selected as the newest member of the Washington State Board of Education on Aug 31.

“It is a real honor,” Fletcher said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

The state board directs education policy, like graduation requirements and curriculum, for the state. Read more

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