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JULY 28, 1997

Local News

Saulness won't re-run

  by Andrew Walgamott
   Last week, City Councilmember Art Saulness announced he will not run for re-election this fall. Saulness cited family reasons for his decision. "I won't be seeking a Woodinville City Council position this fall in order to spend needed time with my family," Saulness said.
  
   Saulness has served on the City Council since incorporation in 1992. He said it had been a fulfilling experience to create a new city from the ground up with six other citizen-legislators. "It's going to be hard to replace him on the council," Mayor Bob Miller said.
  
   Outside of political office, Saulness and his wife, Mary, run the accounting firm Freal and Saulness CPA on N.E. Woodinville-Duvall Place. They have a three-year-old son, Art.
  
   "He will be sorely missed," said Councilmember Marsha Engel. "He is a person to be counted on for his knowledge of figures with his CPA background," she added.
  
   Saulness serves as the chair of the Finance Committee. He said the committee will be busier than ever this fall as budget decisions are made. Saulness said the city was entering a new cycle following the initial start-up work done since incorporation. He said he would not become a "lame duck" legislator, saying he would make independent decisions on policy. His terms ends Dec. 31. He conceded that he thought it was time to move on, though.
  
   "My original goal in seeking this position has been met: to help our new city get started with solid finances and fiscal policies. Woodinville was recently recognized by receiving the highest fiscal rating a city can get," Saulness said, referring to a Standard and Poors ranking of A+.