Opportunities for civic participation in Sammamish

City_of_SammamishIt’s a new year and a new opportunity for citizen involvement in Sammamish.

Typically, this is thought of as the City asking for volunteers on various commissions and committees appointed by the City Council

But there are several organizations independent of those under the City auspices.

Here is a list, which is hoped all-inclusive. The trouble with lists is that usually someone or something gets left off inadvertently. Apologies if this is the case.

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Sammamish Kiwanis drops plans for candidates forum over political image concerns

The Sammamish Kiwanis Club dropped plans to host a candidates forum at its October 7 regular membership meeting.

An club insider told Sammamish Comment that concerns inside the club that the organization developed an image of becoming a political group led to canceling plans for the five active candidates for Sammamish City Council to appear at the October 7 meeting.

Three sitting council members, Tom Vance, Kathy Huckabay and Bob Keller, are members of Kiwanis. Vance is running for reelection. The concerns about the politicizing Kiwanis are outlined in yesterday’s Sammamish Comment post.