Goodman defeats Valderrama in Sammamish with 56.5% of vote

Aug 2 2016 results
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Roger Goodman, the Democrat seeking a sixth term in the State House of Representatives for the 45th Legislative District, defeated Sammamish Deputy Mayor Ramiro Valderrama in his home city in the Aug. 2 primary.

Goodman receive 56.5% of the vote. He carried 21 of 24 precincts and tied in one more.

For Valderrama, who carried every precinct in the city-wide City Council November election in 2015, this is a stunning reversal of fortune.

It’s a clear message from Sammamish voters that they want Valderrama to stay in Sammamish to serve more than a year of his four year term to which he was reelected just 10 months ago.

District-wide, Valderrama received only 38% of the vote in the primary. The primary result historically is a predictor of the final result in the November general election. This is Nov. 8 this year.

A color-coded map and more analysis is after the jump.

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Certified Aug. 2 primary results for Sammamish area; November election is next

King County Elections today (Aug. 16) certified the results of the Aug. 2 primary. The top two winners, regardless of party affiliation, advance to the Nov. 8 General Election.

The 8th Congressional District and the 5th, 41st and 45th Legislative District include Sammamish.

Sammamish Comment isn’t covering state-wide races. These results may be found here.

In the Sammamish area, two State Senate races are too close to project a winner for the November General Election: those in the 5th and 41st.

Sammamish Deputy Mayor Ramiro Valderrama, running as a Republican for Position 1 in the 45th LD House, received only 38% of the primary vote. He advances to November.

The Comment has projected winners in the November election in the chart below. The August primary typically serves as proxy for the November election.

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Valderrama: denounces, has no “plan” to support Trump (or Hillary) (Update)

Ramiro Valderrama still ducks the question of whether he supports Donald Trump for president.

Update, Aug. 13: Valderrama emailed that in addition to denouncing Donald Trump’s comments, not does not support Trump, either. Valderrama’s original email is below the jump.

Ramiro Valderrama, candidate for the 45th District State House of Representatives and current deputy mayor of Sammamish, still won’t take a position on whether he supports, endorses or disowns Donald Trump.

He denounces Trump, the Republican nominee for President, for things Trump says. But that’s as far as he goes.

This is the position Valderrama took when Sammamish Comment first asked his position in May.

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Creating the Town Center Plan

In Part 1, the background, objectives and membership of the Planning Advisory Board was described. In Part 2, the PAB gets down to work writing Sammamish’s first Comprehensive Plan. In Part 3 today, the focus shifts to the creation of the Town Center Plan, a sub-area of the Comprehensive Plan.

City_of_SammamishThe Sammamish Planning Advisory Board (PAB), tasked with writing the City’s first Comprehensive Plan, finished all elements except the complex topic of developing a commercial-office-retail element that was better than the strip malls created by King County.

These malls were formally known as Sammamish Highlands at NE 8th and 228th Ave. NE, the Pine Lake Center at 228th and Issaquah-Pine Lake Road and the 7-11 complex on East Lake Sammamish Parkway. Sammamish Highlands, not to be confused with the neighborhood of the same name at the far south end of the City on 228th, was more commonly known as the Safeway complex. This included the commercial stores across 228th (McDonald’s and other retailers) and eventually Saffron across NE 8th.

The Pine Lake Center was more commonly known as the QFC complex.

Alternatives for Commercial Development

When the first draft of the Comp Plan was completed, the PAB proposed several alternatives for commercial development. Under State Law, this was standard procedure. Usually Comp Plans had Alternatives 1, 2 and 3 and a No Action Alternative.

The No Action Alternative is self-evident: don’t do anything and proceed as before.

The alternatives contained in the Draft Comp Plan were as follows:

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So long, Sammamish—sort of

Personal message from Scott Hamilton, Editor of Sammamish Comment.

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Scott Hamilton

After 20 years, two months and 10 days, I have moved from Sammamish.

For my wife, Gail Twelves, it’s been one month short of 16 years.

We’ve moved to Bainbridge Island, where we will build a home. For the first time in decades, we’re renters—for the time being.

Sammamish Comment will continue through next year, at which time this community service to Sammamish will close. The Comment was formed in 2003, so at the end of next year, this will have been a 14 year run.

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Aug. 2 primary results affecting Sammamish; Valderrama loses big to Goodman

Ramiro Valderrama isn’t going anywhere. His thumping in the Aug. 2 primary for State House in the 45th legislative district means Valderrama will remain on the Sammamish City Council for the next two years.

Here are the election night returns for the Aug. 2 primary for those legislative races involving Sammamish.

Sammamish is covered by parts of the 5th LD (the Klahanie area); the 41st LD (basically south of SE 8th St.); and the 45th (basically north of SE 8th St.).

Election night returns typically are within a point or two of the final returns, which are reported about three weeks later to allow for absentees and overseas (military) votes to be returned. The primary whittles down those races where more than two candidates appear on the ballot. In state races, even when there are only two candidates on the ballot, the race is run in the primary.

The primary outcome is a good indicator of the November election results.

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Writing Sammamish’s first Comp Plan

In Part 1, the background, objectives and membership of the Planning Advisory Board was described. In Part 2, the PAB gets down to work writing Sammamish’s first Comprehensive Plan. This is six pages when printed.

City_of_SammamishThe 17-member Planning Advisory Board members were a cross-section of environmentalists, activists, developers, real estate agents and businessmen. The City Council did an admirable job of appointing a broad spectrum of people.

Open divisions from the start

However, from the start there was open tension among the members. Divisions from the bitter 1999 City Council election carried over to the PAB, which was appointed by this Council. Most of the members of the PAB supported the candidates who won in that bitter contest; a few supported the losing candidates, who, it will be remembered, lost by wide margins in what turned out to be a nasty race filled with anonymous fliers and a forged newsletter.

Sammamish MapOne of the developer-real estate appointees who supported the Council candidates later told one of the environmentalist-activists it was her personal mission to oppose everything he said. The two strong personalities clashed often and openly.

Two members resigned early. One Council Member later said they resigned because they thought the PAB was too heavily dominated by environmentalists. Whether this is an accurate characterization or not is beside the point. The broad spectrum of the appointees belies any charge that environmentalists ran away with the process. In the end, the Comp Plan was adopted and recommended by the PAB with just one dissenting vote and this vote had nothing to do with the environment or any other issue. The dissenter complained the PAB hadn’t finished its job. (This will be described later.)

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