Voters decide school district director and city council members in primary elections

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman, News Writer

The results are in for primary elections.

In King County, citizens voted on August 6 for several races: one position on the Bothell City Council, three positions on the Kenmore City Council, and one director on the Northshore School District Board of Directors. In Snohomish County, citizens also voted on August 6 for the same Bothell City Council position and for the same Northshore School District director position.

Both counties’ results are unofficial until they are certified on August 20, but here are the results as of August 9. The two candidates who earned the most votes in each race will go on to the general election in November.

Northshore School District Director

Julia Lacey, who has 48 percent of the vote, and Kimberly D’Angelo, who has 31 percent of

the vote, will proceed in the race for the District 1 Director of Northshore School District.

Lacey has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2009, and she’s been elected by the Board to serve as its president twice. She wants to see full-day kindergarten for all students and a 7-period day for high schoolers, and hopes to add classroom space, teachers and staff to overcrowded schools, according to her website.

D’Angelo, an academic adviser and adjunct professor at Northwest University, wants to lower class sizes and improve communication among teachers, parents and the community, she writes on her website.

Bothell City Council

Steve Booth, who has 47 percent of the vote, and Tris Samberg, who has 43 percent of the vote, will proceed in the race for position number 5 on Bothell’s City Council.

Booth has experience as a member of the Bothell Planning Commission, and he wants to make sure the plans for Bothell’s downtown revitalization are completed on time and in a fiscally responsible way, according to his website.

Samberg, who has served as a member of the Bothell City Council for 3 years and a member of the planning commission for 10 years, also helped found Cascadia Community College as a faculty member. She wants to make the council more responsive to citizen input, and finish the downtown revitalization project with more suggestions from the community, she writes on her website.

Kenmore City Council

Laurie Sperry, with 58 percent of the vote, has likely secured a place on the ballot for position 2 on Kenmore’s City Council. The other place will likely go to Bob Black, with 22 percent of the vote, but Mark Prince is close behind with 20 percent of the vote.

Sperry has served on the city council for 7 years, during which time the council has revitalized Kenmore’s downtown, supported entrepreneurs with a business incubator, and encouraged citizen communication, Sperry writes on her website. She wants to maintain the city’s strong financial position going forward.

Black said in an interview in the Bothell Reporter that using taxes and fees wisely, maintaining infrastructure such as roads and sidewalks, and making the city more accountable to citizens are the most important issues for Kenmore.

Prince said that cutting the city’s operating costs, bringing new businesses into the city, and dealing with transportation problems caused by adding tolls to SR 520 are Kenmore’s biggest needs, according to an interview in the Bothell Reporter.

For position 4 on the Kenmore City Council, Nigel Herbig, who earned 47 percent of the vote, and Patrick O’Brien, who earned 31 percent of the vote, will progress to the general election.

Herbig wants to work for more transparency in government, improved sidewalks and a more open public waterfront. He became active in Kenmore politics several years ago when he started live-tweeting city council meetings after realizing the city was not streaming meetings, he writes on his website.

O’Brien wants to balance the city budget without adding new taxes, integrate the downtown core and the waterfront, and bring more transparency to the council, which suffers from "single-mindedness" and "back-room politics", he said in an interview in the Bothell Reporter.

For position 6 on the Kenmore City Council, Allan Van Ness, who has 46 percent of the vote, and Ken Smith, who has 35 percent of the vote, will advance to the general election.A member of the city council since 2005, Van Ness says on his website that business development is the council’s top priority, as well as improving roads and sidewalks and creating new parks such as pocket parks in downtown and a swimming pool.

Smith wants to make the city’s financial position clearer to citizens, work with the community to create a clear and honest financial strategy, and explore new ideas for economic development, according to an interview in the Bothell Reporter.

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