Few candidates face challengers in local races

June 14, 2011

Issaquah residents face a choice in a single City Council race, and a trio of council members appears likely to cruise to election unchallenged.

Challenger TJ Filley entered the race against incumbent Councilman Joshua Schaer on June 10, as the candidate-filing period closed.

Incumbent Councilman Fred Butler, appointed Councilwoman Stacy Goodman and candidate Paul Winterstein did not attract opponents for the other council seats up for election in November.

In the races for the Issaquah School Board, incumbents Brian Deagle and Suzanne Weaver face challengers in the nonpartisan races.

Deagle, a Sammamish resident, has served on the board since October 2006. Challenger Patrick Sansing, a Sammamish resident, is running against Deagle for the Director District No. 3 seat.

Weaver faces Maple Valley resident Joseph Arnaud and Issaquah resident Brian Neville to retain the Director District No. 5 seat. Weaver, a Sammamish resident, has served on the board since January 2007.

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Congratulations, Tiger Mountain class of 2011

June 14, 2011

Tiger Mountain Community High School Ceremony Information:

6 p.m. June 9

Tiger Mountain Community High School sports court

Seniors walk toward the covered sports court to a recording of ‘Pomp and Circumstance,’ by Edward Elgar.

Senior Lacee Crooks and all of the Tiger Mountain teachers spoke.

School board member Suzanne Weaver accepted the class.

Graduating class: 31 graduates

List of graduates

Andrew Axelsen

Cody Behymer

Cody Benton

Gabrielle Madison Brask

Travis Callahan

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Councilman, school board members face challengers

June 10, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. June 10, 2011

Issaquah residents face a choice in a single City Council race, and a trio of council members appears likely to cruise to election unchallenged.

Challenger TJ Filley entered the race against incumbent Councilman Joshua Schaer on Friday, as the candidate filing period closed.

Incumbent Councilman Fred Butler, appointed Councilwoman Stacy Goodman and candidate Paul Winterstein did not attract opponents for the other council seats up for election in November.

In the races for the Issaquah School Board, incumbents Brian Deagle and Suzanne Weaver face challengers in the nonpartisan races.

Deagle, a Sammamish resident, has served on the board since October 2006. Challenger Patrick Sansing, a Sammamish resident, is running against Deagle for the Director District No. 3 seat.

Weaver faces Maple Valley resident Joseph Arnaud and Issaquah resident Brian Neville to retain the Director District No. 5 seat. Weaver, a Sammamish resident, has served on the board since January 2007.

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1,127 students to receive diplomas

June 7, 2011

After 13 years of schooling, 1,127 students from the class of 2011 will receive their high school diploma this month.

Each of the district’s four high schools — Issaquah, Liberty, Skyline and Tiger Mountain Community high schools — as well as the district’s community-based Academy for Community Transition for special-needs students will have commencement celebrations during the next week.

Here’s what you need to know about the celebrations, in the order they happen.

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File to run for election in local races by June 10

May 31, 2011

The deadline is approaching for people to run for City Council, Issaquah School Board and King County offices.

Candidates can file in person at King County Elections headquarters from 8:30 a.m. June 6 until 4:30 p.m. June 10. If a candidate opts to file by mail, the elections office must receive his or her material by the June 10 deadline. Candidates can also file online at the elections office’s website until 4 p.m. June 10.

Candidates must pay a filing fee at the time of entering the race. Most races require a filing fee equal to 1 percent of the annual salary of the office. The filing fee is nonrefundable.

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King County Elections to host candidate workshops

May 6, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. May 6, 2011

The race for City Council seats launched in February, but people interested in running for seat on the council or the Issaquah School Board do not need to file for the race until June.

In the meantime, potential candidates can attend workshops to learn the basics of running for office. King County Elections is hosting complimentary workshops May 12 and 14.

Participants can discuss important information related to filing for office in King County. The session is open to candidates, campaign managers and community members.

Organizers plan to discuss the filing process, submitting information for the countywide voters’ pamphlet, voter lists and data management, campaign sign regulations and basic public-disclosure information.

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Press Editorial

March 22, 2011

Now is the time for candidates to step up

Campaign season for City Council seats is off and running. Already? Yes, already.

The campaign announcement last month from Councilman Joshua Schaer and the strong turnout from residents in the recent effort to appoint a citizen to the council shows campaign season is on.

Now is the time for people considering public office in the community to start raising the possibility to family and potential supporters. Now, most importantly, is also the time to start engaging residents about the issues facing Issaquah in the next election.

Residents deserve a robust campaign featuring a full slate of candidates, not a repeat of the drowsy council and Issaquah School Board campaigns from 2009.

The importance of council and school board races cannot be overstated.

Leaders in the city and school district set a large chunk of property tax rates for local homeowners. The city is in the midst of long-term planning efforts for the business district and a downtown park, so a continued tradition of thoughtful leadership is important in the years ahead.

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Off the Press

December 21, 2010

Forget 2012 election; real action is in 2011

December is a lifetime removed from the rough and tumble of election season.

Warren Kagarise Press Reporter

Right?

Nope.

Though the mid-term election is more than a month in the past — and a recount ended the last local race in early December — attention has already started to turn to 2011.

Issaquah has City Council and school board elections in November and, depending on the number of candidates, a possible August primary election.

Pundits starting peering into the crystal ball in the direction of 2012 before Dino Rossi had drafted a concession speech, but the races on the ballot next year could carry just as much impact for city and Issaquah School District residents.

OK, so City Council and Issaquah School Board contests lack the intrigue of the 2012 races — the battle royale for the Governor’s Mansion, another U.S. Senate race, and the redrawn congressional and legislative map — but local leaders decide all sorts of important issues, too.

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School district could lose more than $3 million from governor’s cuts

December 21, 2010

The Issaquah School District is slated to lose $3.17 million in the proposed budget Gov. Chris Gregoire released Dec. 15.

The 2011-13 proposed budget aims to address a $4.6 billion shortfall.

“This is on top more than $10 million in cuts from the last two budget cycles and a $1-million mid-year cut to our current budget from Saturday’s special session,” Issaquah Superintendent Steve Rasmussen said in a statement. “If I have said we were down to the bone before now, this starts cutting into the marrow of classroom operations.” Read more

Issaquah School Board receives distinction award

December 14, 2010

For the second consecutive year, the Issaquah School Board has received a Board of Distinction award from the Washington State School Directors’ Association.

The board, including Superintendent Steve Rasmussen and members Jan Woldseth Colbrese, Brian Deagle, Suzanne Weaver, Chad Magendanz, Marnie Maraldo, learned about the honor at the annual WSSDA conference Nov. 17-20 in Spokane, where school board members from the state’s 295 school districts met to share ideas.

To apply, boards had to answer several questions, including those about their work to improve student learning and the board’s accountability to the community. Read more

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