Three weeks to city council candidate filing date

It’s three weeks to the first filing date May 12 for the August primary for local elections. So far, there are only two declared candidates for three Sammamish City Council seats up for election this year.

Only one of the three incumbents announced election plans; two others haven’t decided if they will seek reelection.

Mayor Christie Malchow announced previously she has no “plans” to seek reelection. Malchow is completing her first term this year.

Karen McKnight, president of the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce, announced she is running for Malchow’s Position 2 seat on the council.

Rituja Indapure, who lost her 2017 bid for the council to Chris Ross, was appointed to the Planning Commission in January 2018. She previously declared her candidacy for incumbent Tom Hornish’s Position 6 seat. Hornish has not declared whether he will seek reelection. He is completing his first term this year.

Incumbent Ramiro Valderrama, who holds Position 4, is completing his second term this year. He has not announced whether he will seek reelection to a third term. So far, nobody has declared candidacy for his seat.

Filing is May 13-17. If there are more than two candidates per position, a primary will be held Aug. 6. If only two (or fewer) candidates file per position, no primary is held and the candidates advance straight to the Nov. 5 election.

The King County Elections department has a candidate page here for information about becoming a candidate.

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