Influencing the City Council Elections: follow the money…from outside Sammamish

By Miki Mullor
Editor 

Outside money is flowing to Sammamish city council elections at prodigious rates as ballots arrive at mailboxes this week. 

  • “Livable Sammamish,” former Mayor Don Gerend’s Political Action Committee, got additional $19,000 from the Town Center developer, for a total of $44,000.
  • McKnight raise less than 3% of her funds from Sammamish donors and self funding $11,000 of her $26,000 budget.
  • Sixty percent of Indapure’s donors and 69% of the cash contributions are from outside Sammamish.
  • Malchow and Ken Gamblin raise over 90% from Sammamish donors.
  • Karen McKnight, Rituja Indapure and Christie Malchow each crossed the $10,000 mark.
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Sahalee Candidate forum: How would you vote on concurrency?

The Sahalee (and Timberline) Candidate forum was 2:21 hours long.

The next bite-size question is “How would you vote on concurrency ?”

https://youtu.be/4zvBMWqSHLw

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Disinformation on City’s Human Services at heart of smear campaign against Malchow

By Miki Mullor
Editor

As the tragic accidental overdose death of a local student unfolded last week, two politically-linked citizens mounted a smear campaign against Mayor Christie Malchow, who is seeking re-election. 

This is an unusually long report. Its importance is in the proof of a disinformation campaign waged against Malchow on social media–and the evidence dispelling the false narrative. 

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Seattle-based Sammamish Town Center developer pours money into Council elections

By Miki Mullor
Editor 

  • R.D. Merrill of Seattle contributed $25,000 to “Livable Sammamish” PAC (Political Action Committee), headed by former Mayor Don Gerend and former Council Member Kathy Huckabay.
  • R.D. Merrill partnered with STCA to develop Phase 1 of the Town Center, a 419 unit project and 98,000 sq/ft of retail, located on SE 4th St.
  • “Livable Sammamish” is opposing “Sammamish Life”, a Sammamish residents PAC headed by Michael Scoles.
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Three candidates to skip a Chamber of Commerce’s candidate forum; two cite bias

By Miki Mullor
Editor 

Three candidates for the Sammamish City Council have withdrawn from the Oct. 7 Chamber of Commerce forum.

One has to attend to a gravely ill family member and two cite bias by the Chamber for withdrawing.

This morning, Ken Gamblin and Kent Treen announced they will not participate in an Oct. 7 forum organized by the Chamber. Mayor Christie Malchow will be out of town on that day, caring for her gravely ill mother in Colorado. 

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Klahanie HOA invites only three City council candidates to its candidate forum

9/26/2019

By Miki Mullor
Editor 

The Klahanie Homeowners Assn. (HOA) is hosting a forum for Sammamish City Council candidates on Oct. 9–but invited only three candidates to attend: Karen McKnight, Rituja Indapure and Karen Howe. 

Emails show that Klahanie ignored requests from Christie Malchow to advertise in their September newsletter, until the last minute when it was too late, but let her opponent, McKnight, do so. 

Update 9/27/2019: Klahanie HOA Board President extended invitations to the remaining three candidates – who accepted – citing an “oversight”.

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Former Mayor Don Gerend forms a PAC

By Miki Mullor
Editor

The latest entrant to the election cycle is former Mayor Don Gerend, who has just formed a PAC (Political Action Committee), a PDC filing shows. Gerend has also recently initiated legal action to reverse the City Council’s new concurrency rules.

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