Sammamish Comment will begin making its recommendations tomorrow for the Sammamish City Council and King County Council District 3 elections Nov. 7.
There are four City Council seats up for election, Positions 1, 3, 5 and 7.
Here’s how The Comment proceeded to come to its recommendations:
This year, Sammamish Comment is represented by founder Scott Hamilton and Jen Baisch. We share the decisions on recommendations for Positions 1, 5 and 7. Baisch makes the decision on Position 3; Hamilton has a conflict of interest in this race and recused himself from coverage of Position 3 throughout the primary and general elections.
The greatest weight will be placed on the answers received from the candidates in response to Sammamish Comment’s because of the detail in these questionnaires and homework required to answer them. These ran beginning Oct 1. We reviewed the Questionnaires from the primary as well.
What the candidates say about themselves and the issues on their websites will be a factor. Unfortunately, at this writing and as we make our decisions, most of the candidate websites were embarrassingly thin on useful information.
We placed a fair amount of weight in the Primary on the filings with the State Public Disclosure Commission. We looked for who is supporting and contributing money to the candidates. We looked for where they live or have their place of business. We considered what companies, unions or special interests are contributing.
Finally, and most importantly, we considered how many contributors are residents of Sammamish, with the more the better. This tells us the candidate reached out to local residents and connected with them.
If the majority of the contributors and money come from outside Sammamish, this scores down in our evaluations.
Little changed for the General election, so the weight was reduced in our overall scoring, but still a factor.
The only Candidates Forum for the November election was held Sept. 25. What the candidates said and how well they did is an important factor.
Interviews with the candidates were conducted Oct. 7 for the express purpose of endorsements. As noted above, Baisch and Hamilton jointly interviewed and reached a conclusion for Positions 1, 5 and 7. Baisch conducted the interviews for Position 3 alone and reached the recommendation alone.
These interviews were the deciding factor.