Council election filing just around the corner: May 11

The opening date for filing for the Sammamish City Council election is just around the corner: May 11 is the first day.

Three Council Members are up for election: Tom Vance, who also currently serves as Mayor; Ramiro Valderrama; and Nancy Whitten. None has announced if they will seek reelection, although word-on-the-street is that Vance intends to. Valderrama and Whitten should announce soon whether they will or won’t in order to give potential opponents notice or those interested in running for an open seat notice.

Christie Malchow, who has lived in Sammamish for four years and who is a newcomer to politics here, announced she will run but hasn’t said which position she will seek.

With this as backdrop, let’s take unscientific polls about Vance, Valderrama and Whitten. Continue reading

Valderrama elected Deputy Mayor for 2013

Ramiro Valderrama was elected Deputy Mayor for Sammamish by his fellow council members at the January 8 council meeting. This is a one year term.

Councilman Tom Vance had lobbied members for the position, but didn’t have four votes pledged. Vance was not nominated for the position and Valderrama was elected unanimously.