Democrats, Unions lining up behind some City Council candidates

Democratic elected officials and other known Democrats, plus several labor union organizations, are lining up behind several candidates in the Sammamish City Council primary.

The City Council is a non-partisan election, but it’s not at all unusual for the Democratic and Republican parties to endorse and even send mailers or undertake robocalls on behalf of candidates.

So far, the Republicans haven’t endorsed any of the candidates–at least none is listed on any of the candidate websites–except for King County Council Member Kathy Lambert.

Unlike the 2015 City Council election, the incumbents are largely staying out of this election. The exception: Kathy Huckabay, who is retiring at the end of her term in December. Huckabay publicly endorsed Jason Ritchie, who is running in Position 1. (Position 1 is not on the Aug. 1 primary ballot, however.)

Former Mayor Tom Vance, who was defeated in his bid for reelection in 2015, endorsed two candidates.

Behind the scenes, several Council Members are helping candidates.

A graphic of the elected officials and organization endorsements is below the jump.

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7th candidate files for Sammamish City Council

The seventh candidate field for Sammamish City Council yesterday. Four seats are up for election.

Pamela Stuart filed her paperwork with the state Public Disclosure Commission, declaring for Position 7, the seat held by retiring Council Member Tom Odell.

John Robinson previously filed for this position.

Stuart hasn’t officially announced, or so it seems. But she’s already been endorsed by the King County Democrats organization (hence probably triggering the PDC filing).

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Candidate deadline May 19 for Sammamish City Council, others/Update

Friday, May 19, is the final day for filing as a candidate for Sammamish City Council and other positions in this off-year 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.

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Power shift now certain at Sammamish City Council

Analysis

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.

Figure 1.

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.

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It’s official: Indapure files for Sammamish City Council

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:

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