Three Sammamish City Council Members are up for election this November: Tom Vance, Ramiro Valderrama and Nancy Whitten. Whitten has been on the Council since 2003. Vance served on the Planning Commission and other council-appointed committees before being elected four years ago. Valderrama is completing his first term.
None has announced if he/she will seek reelection. Whitten has alternately indicated she may not seek reelection or she may switch seats and challenge Vance. It’s expected Vance will seek reelection, according to City Council Members I’ve talked to.
Only one candidate, Christie Malchow, a newcomer to the local political scene, has announced. She hasn’t announced which seat she will be running for.
So how do the favorables/unfavorables stack up for the three incumbents? The last time I polled the entire City Council ratings was in November 2012. I’ve run a new poll during April. Here are the results and the comparisons:
All Council Members except Valderrama had Unfavorable ratings in 2012. Vance then was rated 55% Unfavorable; Whitten had 59% Unfavorable. Today Vance’s Unfavorables increased to 80% while Whitten, who has been challenging the Gang of Four majority on the Council (as has Valderrama) on a regular basis, turned her Unfavorables around to a 53% Favorable and 33% Unfavorable.
Major controversies have dogged the City Council just this year:
- The East Sammamish Lake Trail
- A Stealth Campaign against the Advisory Vote on the Initiative/Referendum and Citizens for Sammamish.
Filing for election begins May 11.