Breaking News: Karen McKnight announces candidacy for city council

By Miki Mullor
Editor

Sammamish Chamber of Commerce President Karen McKnight announced candidacy for Sammamish city council, a filing with the state Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) reveals.

Karen McKnight

According to her LinkedIn profile, McKnight is a Managing Broker at Keller Williams Eastside and a top producing, award winning realtor at Keller Williams Realty, Windermere Real Estate and the Heller Company.

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Breaking News: Rituja Indapure announces candidacy for city council

Rituja Indapure

Planning Commissioner Rituja Indapure, who ran for Sammamish City Council in 2017, has announced today on her Facebook page a campaign for city council in 2019.

After losing the 2017 to Council Member Chris Ross, Indapure was appointed in 2018 to the Planning Commission by City Council.

Indapure is the first person to announce candidacy for the city council in the November 2019 election.

She, along with Ross, won the 2017 August primary in a three person race. Ross received about 52% of the primary vote and went on to win the general election by a similar margin.


The Comment endorsed Indapure in that race.


This year, three seats are up for election, held by incumbents Mayor Christie Malchow, Tom Hornish, each completing their first terms; and Ramiro Valderrama, who is completing his second term. None has indicated reelection plans.

She has not indicated which seat she will seek.

Indapure’s 2017 questionnaires:

 

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Stuart supported upzoning, with conditions, she told Master Builders Assn.

Sammamish Council Member Pam Stuart told the Master Builders Assn. before the 2017 city council election that she supported upzoning for higher density.

Sammamish Council Member Pam Stuart

In a questionnaire the MBA sent to candidates throughout the region, Stuart—who was making her first run for political office—said she would not “advocate” for upzoning, however.

The retrospective is relevant today because Stuart last week claimed high density development is environmentally friendly. Her position fails to take into account the realities of land use zoning, downzoning, “takings” and political opposition.

The MBA ultimately supported Stuart in her election. This support became a point of contention with Stuart’s opponent, John Robinson, in the council race last year. Continue reading “Stuart supported upzoning, with conditions, she told Master Builders Assn.”

Baughman, Indapure named to Planning Commission

Mark Baughman

Two candidates who were defeated for Sammamish City Council were named last night to the Planning Commission.

Mark Baughman and Rituja Indapure received the nod from the Council.

Baughman ran against Jason Ritchie for Position 1. Indapure ran against Chris Ross for Position 5.

Rituja Indapure

Baughman and Indapure answered candidate questionnaires from Sammamish Comment, providing a good understanding of their positions on issues. Links are below the jump.

The Planning Commission is the first stop for changes to the Comprehensive Plan, land use, traffic and related issues.

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Ross pick-up in general election less than expected: analysis

Chris Ross

Chris Ross, the winner for Sammamish City Council Position 5 in the Nov. 7 election, picked up less than 6 percentage points to add to his primary showing of 47%.

Ross won 52.7% of the vote in November.

Rituja Indapure, who won 31.6% of the primary vote, picked up 15.6 percentage points to finish the general election with 47.2% of the vote.

Ryika Hooshangi, the third candidate in the primary, won 21% of the vote. This broke mostly for Indapure.

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Sammamish November precinct voting analysis

The certified vote by precinct was released by King County Elections last week. Sammamish has 61 precincts and the November election was the first including the greater Klahanie area as part of Sammamish’s City Council elections.

Beginning tomorrow through Friday, Sammamish Comment published a race-by-race analysis of the precinct vote for City Council Positions 1, 3, 5 and 7; and King County Council District 3 with the 45th Legislative District State Senate race.

A preview:

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Final Nov. 7 election results

Final vote counting in the Nov. 7 election confirmed election night results and Sammamish Comment’s projected winners.

Vote tallies for Positions 1, 3 and 7 were within one percentage point from election night to the final results.

Tallies in Position 5 narrowed almost two points. Winner Chris Ross on election night pulled 54.65% of the vote to Rituja Indapure’s 45.35%. By the final tally, the percentages were 52.77% and 47.17% respectively.

The detailed chart is below.

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