Vance fails to answer issues questionnaire

Tom Vance, a candidate for City Council Position 6, failed to respond to the questionnaire I sent following the August primary.

The questionnaire (below the jump) is comprehensive–much more so than that of the Sammamish Review– and would provide voters will a better understanding of his position on issues of importance.

Throughout the campaign, Vance has not door-belled though he has attended candidate forums. His view has been that he didn’t need to campaign since he was running against an unknown and he had name recognition.

See the issues questionnaire below.

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Bornfreund fails to answer issues questionnaire

Jesse Bornfreund, a candidate for City Council Position 6, failed to respond to the questionnaire I sent following the August primary.

The questionnaire (below the jump) is comprehensive–much more so than that of the Sammamish Review– and would provide voters will a better understanding of his position on issues of importance.

Throughout the campaign, Bornfreund largely confined his campaigning to advertisements, being a regular at the Farmer’s Market, attending candidate forums and for the most part has done very little door-belling.

Bornfreund has aligned himself as essentially a co-candidate with Jim Wasnick rather than taking an independent approach to the campaign. Wasnick is closely aligned with John Galvin, whose history has been well documented in this forum.

See the issues questionnaire below.

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Wasnick fails to answer issues questionnaire

Jim Wasnick, a candidate for City Council Position 4, failed to respond to the questionnaire I sent following the August primary.

The questionnaire (below the jump) is comprehensive–much more so than that of the Sammamish Review– and would provide voters will a better understanding of his position on issues of importance.

Throughout the campaign, Wasnick has largely limited his issues statements to advertisements and an occasional candidate meeting. As far as I know, he has not door-belled to meet voters. He was a regular at the Farmer’s Market.

Wasnick and his supporters have largely focused on negative campaigning against his opponent, Ramiro Valderrama, rather than concentrating on the issues. Wasnick is closely aligned with John Galvin, whose history has been well documented in this forum.

See the issues questionnaire below.

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Valderrama answers issues questionnaire

General Information

Name: Ramiro Valderrama

1. City Council Position Sought:  Sammamish City Council Position 4

2. Neighborhood you live in: Sammamish Glen

3. General area you live in: (e.g., SE 20th St. and 212th Ave. SE.)

4. Current or Previous positions in city government (and dates). None

5. Current or Previous positions in community organizations (and dates):

Spokesman for Citizens for Sammamish ,  US Services Academy Selection Board for 8th Congressional District

Your Campaign

6. Why are you running for election (or re-election)?

I love Sammamish and want to bring my talents and experience to making it a better place. I also want a City Council that:

Whitten answers issues questionnaire

General Information

Name: Nancy Whitten

1. City Council Position Sought:        Position 2

2. Neighborhood you live in: Pine Lake

3. General area you live in: (e.g., SE 20th St. and 212th Ave. SE.)  By Pine Lake Park

4. Current or Previous positions in city government (and dates).   Sammamish City Council 2004-current; Suburban Cities alternate to the King County Growth Management PC, 2004-05; Suburban Cities alternate to the Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management PB, 2006-10; City of Sammamish representative to Suburban City Assn., 2005-10.

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Richardson answers issues questionnaire

General Information

Name:  Kathy Richardson

1. City Council Position Sought:  Position #2

2. Neighborhood you live in: If you don’t resident in a recognized neighborhood, please skip to next question.

3. General area you live in: North Lake Sammamish

4. Current or Previous positions in city government (and dates).

Planning Commission Position #5, 2010 – present; Vice Chair 2011.

Planning Commission representative on the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Steering Committee, October 2010 – present.

5. Current or Previous positions in community organizations (and dates):

Founding member of Sammamish Homeowners (SHO), 2009 – present.

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Publication schedule for candidate responses to issues questionnaire

Beginning October 13, I will publish candidate responses to a long issues questionnaire I sent the six city council candidates, leading up to the mailing of ballots to voters October 19 for the November 8 election.

Here is the schedule:

Position 2:

October 13: Kathy Richardson

October 14: Nancy Whitten

Position 4:

October 15: Ramiro Valderrama

October 16: Jim Wasnick

Position 6:

October 17: Jesse Bornfreund

October 18: Tom Vance

Other

October 19: A wrap-up view of the election.

October 20: A final comment.

November 8, 8:15pm: The initial returns are in. Based on the history of the past elections since 1999, the election night returns are within one or two percentage points of the final results and the leader on election night has been the winner in the final results. The only exception was in 2001 when Nancy Whitten led incumbent Ken Kilroy by 17 votes but lost the election by fewer than 150 (while remaining within the 1-2 percentage point “rule”). So on election night, I should be able to “call” the elections unless there is a squeaker like the 2001 Whitten-Kilroy race.