New Council Member voted in

  • Written by David B. Clark
The Woodinville City Council conducted a meeting on Tuesday, June 18. After the standard Flag Salute and Order of Agenda, the council moved on to Public Comment.
Two members of the community signed up but they would not be the only to speak. The first member was Heidi Schawble, a Woodinville resident that identifies as queer. She was recently approached by Plateaupians for Peace a group based in Sammamish that is dedicated to inclusion efforts. The nonprofit has already donated a Pride flag to Renton.
“My ask today is that City Council commits to raising the Pride flag and acknowledging June as Pride month; this year,” said Heidi Schawble. “This year is particularly important as it marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
After, every community member that approached the microphone for Public Comment voiced their support to fly the Pride flag. The inclusion to the LGBTQ+ community rang through the meeting.
Deputy Mayor Harris amended the agenda and made a motion to add an action item to the agenda. Unanimously, the motion passed.
Deputy Mayor Harris then made a motion to accept the flag on behalf of the city. That passed unanimously. Mayor Elaine Cook then called for a ten-minute recess. During the recess the councilmembers gathered around the flagpole and flew the new Pride flag.
Council Member James Evans resigned from Council Position No. 3 (the current term, of which expires December 31, 2021) effective as of the close of business on May 31, 2019, creating avacancy in that position beginning June 1, 2019. The Council has 90 days—or until August 29,2019—to fill the vacancy by appointment.
Because the vacancy occurred following the first day of the filing window for the 2019 general election, the election required by RCW 42.12.070(6) will occur in November 2021. The new member appointed by Council to fill the current vacancy will serve in this position until the results of the November 2021 election are certified, after which the person elected to this position will serve the remainder of that “short term”, along with the subsequent full term (2022-2025).
Elaine Cook explained her proposed method so council could interview and then vote for applicants for the vacant seat on the city council. Each councilmember was allotted one question to ask each applicant for the position.
Rachel Best-Campbell was the first individual interviewed by councilmembers.
Councilmember Paula Waters posed the first question: what about your past experience do you think will serve you and your city well if you were to be appointed to City Council? Some of Best-Campbell’s comments included “I am nothing if not loyal to my causes… if something is important, it’s worth fighting for… what matters is working for the people in the community.”
Katie Brotten was the next candidate.
Councilmember Les Rubstello asked, “Given the continued growth and population of Western Washington, describe how you would like to see Woodinville change in the next ten years.” Brotten answered, “A very deliberate and mindful way to structure growth.” She also went on to talk about how transportation was essential to the extensive growth.
Matthew Enany was the next candidate.
Councilmember Boundy-Sanders asked, “What is your background and experience that makes you a good fit for this position?” Matthew Enany explained that he has a long history in marketing and project management. He also talked about his experience as a project manager, who is in charge of getting projects permitted in addition to managing risk and a team of people.
Jonathan Hauck was the next candidate.
Councilmember Al Taylor asked a hypothetical question: If you received a million-dollar grant for use in the city any way you wanted, what would you do with it? Hawk replied that he could not imagine that happening.
Jorge Meza was the next candidate.
Councilmember Waters posed her question: what about your past experience do you think will serve you and your city well if you were to be appointed to City Council? Meza spoke on his wide experience in city government, local organizations including a high school robotics club, and the relationships he’s built in the community.
Robert Walbrun was the last candidate.
Deputy Mayor Harris asked, “If there was a City Council decision made that was the wrong decision, what would that decision be, why would you change it, and what would you have done instead? Walbrun, a Boeing employee, spoke on some of the ancillary things he has done and related them to the question.
Robert Walbrun, Jorge Meza, and Rachel Best-Campbell all received nominations.
Jorge Meza and Rachel Best-Campbell both made it to the next round.
Rachel Best-Campbell received four votes to Jorg Mezas two. Rachel Best-Campbell now holds Position No. 3 on the Woodinville City Council.

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