Roger Chapanis, one of four candidates running for Sammamish City Council in the Aug. 1 primary, asked each of the seven sitting council members to answer questions sent to him by the Sammamish Comment.
The questions are in a three page, comprehensive questionnaire sent to all 12 candidates running for four seats on the Council. Three of the seats have more than two candidates, necessitating a primary Aug. 1. The General Election is Nov. 8.
Seeking Position 7
Chapanis filed for Position 7, the seat now held by Tom Odell. Odell is ending his second four year term this year.
The other three candidates are John Robinson, Paula Stuart and Melanie Curtright. They received the same questionnaire as Chapanis.
Sammamish Comment will begin publishing the responses July 12, the day the primary ballots are mailed by King County.
Seeks answers from the Council8
Chapanis, a newcomer to City politics, asked the sitting City Council Members for answers to the questions:
Dear Council members,
The CityHamilton newspaper has asked all city council candidates to respond to the attached questionnaire; however, I don’t understand most of the issues behind the questions because I haven’t been party to your discussions about them. So, from your experience, would you be willing to respond to the questions you’re familiar with, and then send the completed form back to me by June 23?
NOTE: for questions you don’t answer, would you be willing to refer me to a staff member with more experience, or an outside party who may have knowledge of the issues?
Chapanis’ email to the Council is public record, as are the replies.
Odell, the Council Member whose seat Chapanis wants, sent a curt reply:
This questionnaire is for YOU to fill out, not us. I suggest researching the issues by reading the local paper, watching reruns of Council and Planning Commission meetings, and, of course, by attending these and other city related meetings in person. The voters need to know your views on the topics raised in the questionnaire.
It is not appropriate for any member of the Council to fill out the Hamilton form for you.
Council Member Christie Malchow also rejected Chapanis’ request:
Good morning. I don’t believe it is in the voters best interest for current Councilmembers to answer your questionnaire for you. I might suggest leaving questions blank that you cannot answer, or reviewing old videos of Council meetings to familiarize yourself with the issues you are not up to speed on. They are available via http://www.sammamish.us.
I’m also available to meet with you, as most of the Councilmembers are I suspect, if you reach out.
Council Member Tom Hornish replied similarly to Malchow’s response.
Robinson, one of Chapanis’ opponents, said, “I believe it is the duty and obligation of each city council candidate to answer any question presented to them as accurately as possible. The candidate’s answers reflect their acquired knowledge, experiences, visions and skills that will inform our citizens as to the candidate’s fitness for city council.”
Chapanis declined to comment for publication. Curtright declined to comment on her opponent’s move. Stuart did not respond when asked for comment.