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JULY 28, 1997

Local News

Candidate orientation draws three

  by Andrew Walgamott
   With four council seats up for grabs this year, the city of Woodinville held a new council candidate orientation last week, drawing three potential candidates. Maria Morris, Randy Ransom and Don Rongholt listened to city staff detail the life and duties of a city councilmember. The prospective candidates also received a folder of information containing a typical city study session packet, city's vision statement and forms for filing with King County Elections.
   "The whole thing was interesting and well put together," said Morris.
   Ransom said he was definitely running for election this year while Rongholt and Morris had said beforehand they were attending only for more information.
   Ransom is vice-chair of the Woodinville Parks and Recreation Commission. He said he has lived in the city for the past 10 years. Married with two daughters, Ransom works as Operations Manager for the Bellevue Parks Department. He said he has an interest in how the city is shaped in the future, similar reasons which led him to service with the parks commission. Key issues for Ransom are transportation and parks. He said he has never run for public office before.
   Rongholt, 58, has lived in Canterbury Square the past three years. A 1957 graduate from Bothell High School, Rongholt said his focus would be on protecting senior citizens and transportation issues. Retired from Puget Power after 36 years, Rongholt has been a member of Rotary Clubs and chambers of commerce. He is married with 9 children and 14 grandchildren.
   Morris, who lives in "the wedge" near Woodinville High School, said that Woodinville needs to become more pedestrian-friendly and enhance and broaden its parks. She said that parks should grow in pace with development. She commented that environmental concerns were not being addressed as well as they should be, pointing out development along Little Bear Creek, Trib 87 and the Sammamish Slough.
   Morris, 49, comes from Colorado. She has lived in Woodinville with her husband Larry and daughter Anne for the past 11 years. She said she still needs to consider the impact of political office on her family life before deciding to run.
   This year, four council positions are up, including seats occupied by Mayor Bob Miller, Deputy Mayor Don Brocha and Councilmembers Art Saulness and Lucy DeYoung. As of press time, Miller and Brocha had publicly announced their bid for reelection. DeYoung and Saulness have yet to state their intentions. Both have served on the council since incorporation. DeYoung was Woodinville's first mayor. Candidates for public office must file by 5 p.m. Aug. 1 with King County Elections at the King County Administration Building.
   Andrew Walgamott/Staff Photo
   A city council candidate orientation session drew Woodinville political newcomers Don Rongholt, Maria Morris and Randy Ransom to the council chambers last week. Of the three, only Ransom has said for sure he will run.