With four Council Members out of seven retiring, this year’s election is guaranteed to see a power shift in the Council that could have deep ramifications for the direction of the City beginning in 2018.
As I announced last August, and which is also discussed in the “About” section, I moved after 20 years in Sammamish to Bainbridge Island in August. While I’ve been covering many issues from Bainbridge, it won’t be feasible to me to be on-the-spot to cover the campaigns of those seeking a Council seat.
There are already six candidates announced for the four positions. More are expected. So a writer who lives in Sammamish is desired.
Dedication to Sammamish
The position pays nothing. Just as Sammamish Comment has been a labor of dedication to the City since was it founded in 2003 as a “paper” newsletter (and in 2009 on-line), an additional writer must be willing to devote time and effort as a form of public service to Sammamish.
With the closure of The Sammamish Review in February, only The Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter remains as a traditional news source. Neither paper dedicate resources or courage to digging deep into controversial issues in Sammamish–this was left to Sammamish Comment.
A new writer must be will to continue the tradition of The Comment to delve into issues that the local papers would not.
Here are the requirements for a writer:
- Willing to work for free. Sorry, but The Comment has never been a revenue-based endeavor. There are no paid subscriptions or advertising; hence, your work must be free and a reflection of the dedication you have to Sammamish. It’s a form of public service, to inform the citizens of Sammamish and to hold government’s feet to the fire when needed.
- You have to be a good writer. Samples will be required and a writing test will be administered.
- There are no set work hours. You can put as much time in as your schedule allows.
- However, as the political campaigns begin, you need to be ready to go to campaign events, interview candidates, appear where they may be invited as speakers (the Chamber of Commerce, for example) and write up from there.
- There may be occasions in which covering a hot topic at the City Council meeting is desired.
- A willingness to dig, and dig deep on issues. The local papers never exhibited this willingness. Sammamish Comment published several in-depth special reports that really made a difference in City government. These included revealing the benign neglect of the City when it came to protecting its citizens and responding to their complaints over King County’s heavy-handed development of the north end of East Lake Sammamish Trail and revealing officials planned to skip participation in a multi-state, multi-jurisdictional, international disaster drill called Cascadia Rising. After inquires were made, the City reversed itself, and next Monday will employ its first full-time emergency preparedness manager.
A writer who fulfills these requirements can make a difference in Sammamish.
Anyone interested please contact me, Scott Hamilton, at cityhamilton (at) gmail.com.
By Scott Hamilton