AUGUST 4, 1997
'Twas the week for filing
by A.T. Walgamott
Old pros bowed out and unknowns signed up last week as candidates for political office filed for the fall election. King County Elections was the hub of activity as Bothell candidates watched which positions factions were filing for and acted accordingly.
Friday began with several long-time local political activists, including Bothell Mayor John Curtin and Woodinville City Councilmember Lucy DeYoung, announcing they would not be running this fall.
"My decision now is based on the ever increasing demands on my family, personal time and my full-time paying job," Curtin said in a press release. Curtin began public service ten years ago on the Shorelines Hearing Board, spent four years on the Planning Commission and the last four as a councilman and mayor.
After nearly a decade of wrestling Woodinville into cityhood and serving as the first mayor and later a councilmember, Lucy DeYoung is bowing out of office as well.
"It's time to move on. It's been a wonderful experience but we need new people on council," DeYoung said before jetting away to the East Coast. But lest you fear the loss of old blood, experience is stepping into their place.
In Bothell, Jerry Pyle, Planning Commission chairman, had filed for Bothell city council position 7. But when Marshall Paris, the famous insurer, signed up against him, a quick shuffle of candidates resulted and Sandie Guinn is now running against Paris. Guinn, 46, has been a full-time Bothell planning commissioner for 1.5 years. Though she hasn't run for political office, she has a community service and financial background.
In Woodinville, Randy Ransom, vice chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission, is running for Position 1, formerly occupied by DeYoung. He is challenged by Richard Reed of the wedge neighborhood in northwest Woodinville. Carol Bogue, who lost to Councilmember Marsha Engel two years ago by four votes, is running against Don Rongholt of Canterbury Square in a race for Councilmember Art Saulness's seat.
In another interesting race, three candidates filed against Walter Backstrom, Woodinville Water District Board of Commissioners, position 5. Running against him are Ronald Braun II, Steven Gallagher and Richard Llufrio. A primary held Sept. 16 will whittle the field down.
At the county level, Executive Ron Sims is opposed by fellow democrat Kenn Yeager. The winner will face Republican Suzette Cooke. In the first sheriff's race since 1973, current Sheriff Dave Reichert is opposed by Chuck Pillon and Carl Clifton. County Councilmember Louise Miller of Woodinville faces Chic Hendricks of Redmond. Councilmember Maggi Fimia, a democrat, will run against either Ed Sterner or Tim Olsen, both vying for the GOP slot in the race.
Ah, the expense of running un-contested! Unopposed are Woodinville's Mayor Bob Miller, Deputy Mayor Don Brocha, WFLSD Commissioner John Peep and Northshore School District Director Jean Fowler, Kirby Larson and Jeff Schaub.