She has spoken repeatedly of being “involved” in the City and how others should be, too.
But when it comes to voting for City Council and being involved in the most basic civic way in the 15 years she has lived in Sammamish, Stuart has an abysmal record.
Skipped every city election in last 15 years—until her own
She hasn’t voted in a single City election from 2005 until this year, when she voted in the Council primary in which she was running.
She didn’t vote in the special election for the Initiative and Referendum Advisory vote. She didn’t vote in the advisory election for the Community Center.
In fact, Stuart has voted in only seven of 37 elections since September 2004, just a 25% voting rate.
When asked to explain her voting record in our endorsement interview, Stuart’s replied, “Really? Well, that’s interesting. I don’t know. I find that shock… that can’t be true. Really? I honestly don’t have an answer for that,” she said. “I’m quite certain I have voted for City Council. But I’m happy to follow up on this. I will follow up.
“It’s a fair question and I don’t have a good answer for you, because I recall quite distinctly voting.”
Stuart was given the printout from King County Elections, which she asked to take with her from the interview.
However, when Stuart reverted to The Comment three days later, she conceded the County records appeared to be correct.
Voting is a responsibility
“I have to tell you that I am still in shock. I appreciate you letting me take your sheet to read at home (with my glasses). I have been a huge proponent of voting since the 7th grade with Mr. Pear, where his message landed well, “voting is not just a right, but a responsibility”. So, I do appreciate the importance of voting and really have no explanation as to why I haven’t voted in the odd years. I know it is an issue for many, as evidenced by voter turnout. I suspect it is the lack of publicity and people just not realizing there are elections in the odd years and to look for their ballots.
“All I can do is ensure that I vote in everyone from here on out. And all the more reason to keep knocking on doors and making sure people know that an election is coming up and help get out the vote.”
Her opponent, John Robinson, has voted in every election since 2009. Going back to 2004, for the balance of the same period as Stuart, he voted in only four of 13 elections.