January 5, 1998
Prospective Kenmore City Council candidates register
by Josh Large
Shortly before the deadline of 4:30 pm on January 2, prospective members of the inaugural Kenmore City Council finished officially registering their candidacies. There are seven positions open, all of them at-large positions, according to election coordinator Marcia Schwendiman. That means that Council members will represent the city of 17,000, rather than local districts. Once the council members have been elected, they will vote among themselves to elect a mayor to represent the city.
The candidates are as follows:
Position 1: Pat O'brien, Dick Taylor.
Position 2: Michelle Strauss, Steven Colwell, Steven J. Gimurtu.
Position 3: Allen Goumas, Deborah Chase.
Position 4: Mark Knutson, C.W. "Chip" Davidson.
Position 5: Daniel Helms, John Phelps, Geoffrey Fowler, Tika Esler.
Position 6: Elodie L.Morse, Lyle D. Sellards, Dale Ashley, Robert E. Adair.
Position 7: Richard Clements, W.C. "Gipp" Schoonover, Jack V. Crawford.
The primary election, which will narrow the candidates down to two for each position, will be held on February 3. According to Schwendiman, citizens will have two chances to hear from the candidates before making their decisions in the primary. The first forum is scheduled for January 15. It will be held at Bastyr University, from 7 to 9pm. The second forum will take place on January 21 at Kenmore Junior High Cafeteria. These forums, according to incorporation representative Jan Allott, are a vital part of the election process. "It's especially important because we're a new city," she said. A well informed public and a strong council, she believes, are the best ways to begin cityhood on a good note.
Following the primary, there will be another forum on April 2, at Inglemoor High School. The general election will then take place on April 28.