Ross, Indapure, Stuart, Robinson win; Moran, Howe projected to win; 45th LD goes as expected

Chris Ross and Pam Stuart ended primary night with sweeping victories for the Sammamish City Council, The Sammamish Comment projects.

Rituja Indapure and John Robinson are also winners, The Comment projects.

Ross and Indapure are running for Position 5.

Stuart and Robinson are running for Position 7.

In Position 3, it’s a tight race between Karen Moran, Karen Howe and Minal Ghassemieh. But based on historical voting patterns in which the election night results differ only 1% to 2% in the final results, Sammamish Comment projects that Howe and Moran will likely advance to the general election in November. We expect this vote to tighten during the next two weeks. Votes are certified Aug. 15.

The vote results are below.

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Election day for Sammamish City Council primary

It’s election day for the Sammamish City Council primary.

Mail-in ballots must be post-marked today; there is a drop-in ballot at the Sammamish City Hall.

The first results will be posted by King County Elections about 8:15  8:30 pm; Sammamish Comment will post shortly afterwards. It takes about three weeks for all mail-in ballots to be received (allowing for overseas and military ballots to arrive) and the votes certified. History shows that election night results are within 1%-2% of the final results.

Our final readership tracking of candidate questionnaires is below. We don’t know if election results will follow the readership interest; it’s the only “polling” available.

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Primary vote tomorrow: our recommendations

The primary vote for Sammamish City Council is tomorrow.

Three people are running for each of Postions 3, 5 and 7. Only two will advance to the general election in November.

Our recommendations for those who we believe would best serve Sammamish:

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As City Council vote nears, does readership predict outcome?

As Sammamish’s City Council primary heads into the final weekend before Tuesday’s vote, Sammamish Comment tracked the reader views of the questionnaires to gauge interest in the candidates.

There is no polling of a City Council election that we know of, so the readership of the questionnaires is the only solid evidence of interest in candidates.

Facebook has had a lively discussion of some of the candidates, but the participants are tilted decisively into a no-growth camp.

The readership interest in the candidate questionnaires is not scientific, but it’s the only thing we have to go on.

The question is, will this be a predictor of the outcome Tuesday night?

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The inside story of how traffic and concurrency became “the No. 1 issue in Sammamish:” failure, success of government

Update, July 25, 2017: The reporter for the Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter has been transferred to sister papers in the Bothell-Kenmore area.

A Special Report

This is seven pages when printed.

By Scott Hamilton

Analysis

Traffic and concurrency in Sammamish is a classic example of failure, and success, in government. It’s a glaring failure of the local newspaper.

It’s a success story of how a single citizen forced debate on an issue that even determined City Council members could not.

Here is the back-story of how traffic and concurrency became “the No. 1 priority in Sammamish.” A sequential history is necessary before we get to the punch line.

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City Council, in rebuke of Administration, staff, consultants, votes in-depth review of traffic

  • “This is the No. 1 priority of Sammamish citizens.”–Tom Hornish.
  • City’s road program has been to “urbanize” streets, not ease congestion.
  • Administration attempted to discredit Mullor study.
  • Mullor credited with starting important conversation by Council Members.

In what can only be regarded as a searing rebuke of the City Manager, City Staff and outside transportation consultants, the Sammamish City Council voted 6-1 July 18 to pursue an in-depth review of transportation policies.

The Council also agreed to have discussions at every Council meeting in the foreseeable future.

Mayor Bob Keller was the dissenting vote.

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Candidates respond to Sammamish Friends questionnaire

Most of the candidates for Sammamish City Council responded to an environmental questionnaire from Sammamish Friends.

The responses may be found here.

The group rates candidates with a green-colored bar chart.

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