Sammamish City Council Member Tom Odell won’t seek a third term this fall, he announced Saturday.
In an email Odell sent to The Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter and to Sammamish Comment, Odell prefaced his announcement with, “Despite the fact this is April 1st this is for real and is not an April Fools item.”
Odell, who holds Position 7, is the fourth Council Member to announce a decision to end their current term this year. Previously, May Don Gerend, Deputy Mayor Bob Keller and Member Kathy Huckabay announced decisions not to run again.
Gerend has been on the Council since 1999. Huckabay, like Gerend, was an original Council member but took a two-year hiatus. Keller is in his first term.
Except for Keller, who is in his 60s, all are in their 70s.
This means the next City Council will be decidedly younger and closer to the demographics of Sammamish.
Odell’s statement is below.