Candidates discuss top issues for Issaquah City Council positions

October 14, 2015

NEW — 3:12 p.m. Oct. 14, 2015

Issaquah residents will see three City Council positions up for election on their November ballot, but only two races are contested.

The candidates of those two races answered questions about numerous issues facing Issaquah in the years ahead. Answers had to be 25 words or less.

View the candidates answers as seen in the printed grid published Oct. 15 hereClick each candidates’ name below to view their answers to all questions, including those not featured in the grid. Read more

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Environmental forum asks candidates to show off their green credentials

October 12, 2015

NEW — 2:26 p.m. Oct. 12, 2015

All five Issaquah City Council candidates took part Oct. 6 in the second local candidate forum. Unlike the first version held at City Hall, this one revolved solely around environmental issues.

The questions focused on a small number of topics, including the “Green Necklace” proposed to surround the Central Issaquah Plan area and conservation of forested hillsides around the city.

The Central Issaquah Plan describes the Green Necklace partly as a “lush urban garden benefitting Central Issaquah” through parks, corridor open spaces, tree-lined streets and so on. The green areas are all to be connected and linked to the regional trail system. Read more

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Christopher Reh: Some plans, policies fail the ‘reasonability test’

October 7, 2015

NEW — 5:14 p.m. Oct. 7, 2015

Unlike many candidates in the general election, Christopher Reh said he has been phoning residents instead of going door-to-door.

Reh is running against Issaquah City Council President Paul Winterstein for the Position 6 council seat.

Christopher Reh

Christopher Reh

Reh said he finds phoning voters more effective than showing up unannounced on a doorstep. Read more

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Paul Winterstein touts city’s plan for traffic, growth

October 7, 2015

NEW — 5:13 p.m. Oct. 7, 2015

“By far, the most spoken concerns are about growth and traffic,” Issaquah City Council President Paul Winterstein said.

Winterstein, looking for his second term on council, is running for re-election to the Position 6 council seat. He will not necessarily continue to serve as the council president. The council chooses the council president from its members.

Paul Winterstein

Paul Winterstein

Expect for a few brief comments, Winterstein chose to answer questions for this story by email. Read more

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Bill Ramos touts experience in public, private sectors

September 30, 2015

NEW — 5:28 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

City Council Position 4 Race heats up

Hoping to replace incumbent Issaquah City Councilman Joshua Schaer, who chose not to run for re-election to his Position 4 seat, resident Bill Ramos is running in his first public election.

It’s actually his second try for the council. Ramos threw his hat in the ring for an appointment to the council in 2014. He was one of several people vying for the council seat vacated when Fred Butler was elected mayor.

Bill Ramos

Bill Ramos

Ramos said he doesn’t like to sound as if he is bragging, but he also doesn’t shy away from pointing out that he has spent about 10 years around City Hall, serving on the Economic Vitality and Planning commissions. Read more

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Tim Flood’s traffic plan is front and center of campaign

September 30, 2015

NEW — 5:26 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

City Council Position 4 Race heats up

Tim Flood admits his opponent is better known and has been able to grab some high-profile endorsements in the race for the Issaquah City Council Position 4 seat.

But in the August primary, Flood noted, Ramos was not able to earn 50 percent of the vote.

Tim Flood

Tim Flood

Besides noting his experience on three city commissions, Ramos also talks about his work as a private transportation consultant. Flood hardly seems intimidated, putting out his own original traffic plan, “Address the Mess.” Read more

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Sen. Mark Mullet announces bid for re-election

September 28, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 28, 2015

State Sen. Mark Mullet has announced that he will seek re-election to the Washington State Senate from the 5th Legislative District.

Mark Mullet

Mark Mullet

He is the owner of Issaquah’s Zeeks Pizza and Ben & Jerry’s.

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Public is invited to three candidate forums

September 22, 2015

NEW — 5:08 p.m. Sept. 22, 2015

Residents will have up to three chances to hear from the five people running for the Issaquah City Council in November.

There are two contested council seats up for grabs in the Nov. 3 election. The council will have at least two new faces in 2016 as incumbent council members Joshua Schaer, Council Position 4, and Nina Milligan, Council Position 2, have chosen not to run for re-election. The Position 6 seat currently held by Council President Paul Winterstein also expires this year.

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Joshua Schaer’s open council seat attracts plenty of attention

July 16, 2015

For whatever reason, the Issaquah City Council Position 4 seat to be vacated at year’s end by Joshua Schaer has attracted its fair share of attention.

In the Aug. 4 primary, voters will choose from among four candidates hoping to replace Schaer. Ballots for the primary were mailed July 15.

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Council President Paul Winterstein draws two challengers in primary

July 16, 2015

For City Council Position 6, voters will have a choice of retaining incumbent Council President Paul Winterstein or choosing between two political newcomers. A third resident filed for the race, but later withdrew.

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