- There will be a candidates forum Wednesday, October 7, at 7pm at the Boys and Girls Club, Inglewood Hill Road and 228th Ave. NE. It is sponsored by the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce and the Sammamish Rotary. It will not be videotaped or broadcast on Sammamish TV Channel 21, so this is your only chance to see the candidates and ask questions in a forum.
Beginning Thursday and continuing today for five consecutive posts, Sammamish
Comment will provide information about the five active candidates for Sammamish City Council running for Positions 2, 4 and 6. There is a sixth candidate, but he dropped out of the race two months after entering, but too late to withdraw his name from the ballot. Sammamish Comment began with Position 2 and will continue in order. Each profile will be for one candidate. Information will come principally, but not entirely, from the candidate’s website and the Public Disclosure Commission.
Thursday’s Profile: Christie Malchow, Position 2
Position 2: Mark Cross
Cross, 65, is an urban planner and was employed by Bothell and Bellevue. He is married and has two adult children. No memberships with local organizations were listed on Cross’ website.
Cross identified only thee issues on his website:
- Preserving Water Quality
- Preserving the environment
- Annexing Klahanie while preserving services to Sammamish
For a long-time resident of Sammamish and a former City Council Member of eight years, including a stint as Mayor, Cross has a remarkably thin number of endorsements. He lists just 19 endorsements on his website.
Absent from his endorsements this year are many of those who endorsed Cross during his two previous elections, in 2003 and 2007. Among the current endorsements:
- Sammamish City Council Member Nancy Whitten
- Sammamish City Council Member Kathy Huckabay
- Sammamish City Council Member Tom Odell
- Sammamish City Council Member Tom Vance
- Washington Conservation Voters
- Cascade Bicycle Club
- 41st District, 45th District & King County Democrats
Financial contributions are one way to gauge support.
Cross raised $3,830, including $1,200 of his own money for his campaign. Cross lists just 19 organizations and individuals as contributors.
All data, websites and PDC reports current as of Sept. 28, 2015.