Candidates to face off in Eastside forums

October 5, 2010

Hear the candidates in legislative and congressional races discuss the economy, education and other issues at forums in Issaquah and Newcastle.

The candidates in the contests to represent Issaquah in the state House of Representatives plan to attend a forum hosted by the Issaquah Valley Elementary Parent Teacher Association. The discussion is focused on 5th Legislative District education. The district includes most of Issaquah and Sammamish, plus North Bend and Snoqualmie.

The education forum is Oct. 12 at Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

The incumbent Republicans, Glenn Anderson and Jay Rodne, and Democrats David Spring and Gregory Hoover plan to attend.

Though the forum is open to the public, state PTA bylaws prohibit the display of candidate signs, buttons or materials during the discussion.

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County Council praises elections watchdog group

August 31, 2010

King County Council members offered praise last week for the citizen committee responsible for restoring confidence in the county elections office after the disputed 2004 race for governor.

The ceremonial support for the Citizens’ Elections Oversight Committee came as King County Elections continues to tally ballots from the Aug. 17 primary.

The contest between former state Sen. Dino Rossi, a Republican, and then-Attorney General Chris Gregoire, a Democrat, dragged on through recounts and a court challenge. In the end, Gregoire edged out Rossi by 133 votes. Read more

County Council praises elections watchdog group

August 24, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 24, 2010

King County Council members offered praise Monday for the citizen committee responsible for restoring confidence in the county elections office after the disputed 2004 race for governor.

The ceremonial support for the Citizens’ Elections Oversight Committee came, as King County Elections continues to tally ballots from the Aug. 17 primary.

“People expect their government to carry out certain basic tasks accurately; elections being a prime example,” council Vice Chairwoman Jane Hague, the sponsor of the motion and the sponsor of the legislation to create the committee, said in a news release. “The CEOC has had significant success in restoring voter confidence in King County Elections. I’m proud of what we have accomplished, especially since the 2004 debacle. ”

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Press Editorial

August 3, 2010

Judicial candidates are all well qualified

Though the congressional and legislative races on the Aug. 17 primary ballot have received the most attention, local voters must also decide important judicial contests. However, due to limitations on what judges can say during an election, it is often the hardest ballot decision for voters.

Perhaps the most important decision for Issaquah, Sammamish and other Eastside residents is the contest for a new King County District Court judge. Voters will pick someone to fill a new position created to address increasing caseloads.

The court handles some civil matters, misdemeanor crimes and traffic infractions, plus local violations caught by the Washington State Patrol and other state agencies. Because of the broad range of cases that come before District Court, judges serve a vital role as spokespeople for the judicial system. Read more

Incumbents earn high marks in Municipal League ratings

July 27, 2010

Issaquah residents face some good choices — and a few not-so-good options — in the primary election next month. Or so the Municipal League of King County has decided.

For the most part, Issaquah-area lawmakers fared better than the challengers campaigning against them in August and November. The league released the ratings July 19.

The league ranks candidates through a rigorous process during each election cycle. The ratings provide a tool for voters — plus fodder for candidates’ campaign mailers and websites.

Evaluators scrutinize candidate records, talk to references, review candidate questionnaires and interview the electoral hopefuls. The league rates candidates on four criteria: involvement, character, effectiveness and knowledge. Candidates then receive a grade ranging from the coveted outstanding to the less-desirable not qualified.

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Incumbents earn high marks in Municipal League election rankings

July 20, 2010

NEW — 11 a.m. July 20, 2010

Issaquah residents face some good choices — and a few not-so-good options — in the primary election next month. Or so the Municipal League of King County has decided.

For the most part, Issaquah-area lawmakers fared better than the challengers campaigning against them in August and November.

The league ranks candidates through a rigorous process during each election cycle. The annual rankings provide a tool for voters — plus fodder for candidates’ campaign mailers and websites.

Evaluators scrutinize candidate records, talk to references, review candidate questionnaires and interview the electoral hopefuls. The league rates candidates on four criteria: involvement, character, effectiveness and knowledge. Candidates then receive a grade ranging from the coveted outstanding to the less-desirable not qualified.

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Mayor to be honored

February 9, 2009

Ava Frisinger

Ava Frisinger

The Municipal League of King County has named Mayor Ava Frisinger Public Official of the Year.

The award is given to a public official or department head who in addition to routine service, has brought to the office outstanding innovations or contributions.

“It’s good to see Issaquah recognized regionally and I’m very happy for that,” Frisinger said.

She is the first individual from Issaquah to receive a Municipal League Civic Awards honor since the awards’ inception in 1960. In 2002, Chevrolet of Issaquah won business of the year honors. In 2007, then-State Rep. Fred Jarrett was named Public Official of the Year. Jarrett represents the 41st District that includes a portion of Issaquah. Read more

Municipal League names Mayor Ava Frisinger ‘Public Official of the Year’

February 5, 2009

NEW — 6:25 p.m. Feb. 5, 2008

The Municipal League of King County has named Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger “Public Official of the Year” for its 50th annual Civic Awards.

Eight individuals and three organizations will be honored at a March 25 ceremony at the Seattle Art Museum.

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Amendment empowers cities in regional policy decisions

January 19, 2009

Local residents will have a larger voice on countywide commissions as early as this month.

A ballot measure passed by King County voters Nov. 4 changes the dynamics and procedures of county advisory boards, empowering cities like Issaquah. Read more

Forum set for elections chief

January 5, 2009

The election season is upon us once again. A little less than two months after the Nov. 4 general election, King County voters on Feb. 3 will decide for the first time who they want heading up the county’s elections department.

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