Murphy for King County Council District 3

Sammamish Comment recommends John Murphy for election to King County Council District 3, which includes Sammamish, Issaquah and adjacent unincorporated areas.

Lambert has been the District 3 Council Member for 16 years. Before that, she was a state legislator.

As a matter of preference, The Comment would rather see new blood come in after four terms. This has been true on the Sammamish City Council level and for other elective positions.

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King County Council Dist. 3: John Murphy Questionnaire

John Murphy

Candidate Questionnaire, King County Council District 3

Candidate Name

John Murphy

Your Current Occupation, and the duration in this position:

Attorney at law, Murphy Law Group (2002–Present)

Vice President, M2 Consulting & Resource Group (2002–Present)

Distance Learning Instructor—Fire and Emergency Services, University of Florida (2014–Present)

Distance Learning Instructor, National Emergency Training Center (2013–Present)

Physician Assistant, Multiple Washington State Locations (1977–Present)

Your Campaign Website:

Your Campaign Email:

info (at)

General Questions

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Ex-Mayor Vance to oppose County Council Member Lambert

Tom Vance

Former Sammamish Mayor Tom Vance yesterday filed with the State Public Disclosure Commission to run against incumbent Kathy Lambert, King County Council member of District 3, which includes Sammamish and Issaquah.

Sammamish Comment revealed March 20 Vance was trying to line up endorsements and had filed broad public records requests from Lambert’s office.

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Candidates emerge for likely County Council run, 45th State Senate

Tom Vance

Tom Vance, who was defeated in November 2015 in his reelection bid for the Sammamish City Council, is gearing up to run against King County Council Member Kathy Lambert, say people familiar with the situation.

Vance has been soliciting endorsements for a run, people tell Sammamish Comment.

He also dropped an expansive Public Records Request on Lambert’s office for 16 years of data for travel records and meeting attendance.

Vance served on the Sammamish City Council from 2012 through 2015. He was mayor in 2014-15. He lost 54%-46% to Tom Hornish. Vance ran for Council in 2009, losing to John Curley 55%-45%. In his successful 2011 campaign, he defeated a weak and unqualified candidate 68% to 32%, only to drop by 22 points in his losing race against Hornish.

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