Melanie L. Curtright, 57, of the Hampton Woods neighborhood in the North end of the city, filed for Position 7. John Robinson and Pamela Stuart previously filed for this position. If none drops out or changes slots, this sets up a primary in August at which the top two advance to the November election.
Filing begins on Monday, May 15.
Four seats in Sammamish are up for election, and each incumbent announced retirement this year.
This is the first time since incorporation this many seats are “open” seats.
So far, only six candidates filed for the four seats. One of these, Karen Moran, hasn’t declared which seat she will contest.
With Saturday’s declaration by Sammamish City Council Member Tom Odell that he will not seek reelection in November, this assures a major power shift is coming.
Three other incumbents previously said they aren’t running again. They are Mayor Don Gerend, Deputy Mayor Bob Keller and Member Kathy Huckabay.
Five candidates already announced candidacies to run this fall (Figure 1). At the moment, one—John Robinson—hasn’t identified which seat he will seat, but with Odell dropping out, no candidate is identified with Odell’s Position 7. Robinson is likely to go for this open seat.
The fourth, unofficial candidate for Sammamish City Council, Ritjua Indapure, filed today with the state Public Disclosure Commission for Position 5.
The seat is held by retiring Mayor Don Gerend.
The line up now is:
A fifth candidate for Sammamish City Council emerged, becoming the fourth to officially announce: Chris Ross.
The Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter has the story here.
No position was declared, apparently.
The three other declared candidates are Jason Ritchie, who updated his filing with the state that he is seeking Position 1, the seat now held by retiring Kathy Huckabay; Minal Kode Ghassemieh; and John Robinson. Neither Ghassemieh nor Robinson revealed which position they will seek.
John Robinson, 68, the husband of former Sammamish Arts Commission chair Daphne Robinson, declared his candidacy for Sammamish City Council.
The Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter story is here.
Four seats are up for election. Mayor Don Gerend and Deputy Mayor Bob Keller said they won’t run again. Tom Odell and Kathy Huckabay haven’t declared their intentions.