Northwest NEWS

July 19, 1999

Local News

Candidates for City Council Position #4

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

Scott Hageman

   Deputy Mayor Scott Hageman has declared his intention to refill his incumbent Position #4 on the Woodinville City Council, following Mark Jessup's declaration to run for that position during the July 12 City Council meeting's Public Comments.

   Hageman has served on the Council since Jan. of 1996 and as Deputy Mayor since Jan. of 1998. He has been involved with Woodniville issues for 15 years, serving on neighborhood committees and several city formation committees before being elected to the Council.

   "Woodinville citizens have a lot to be proud of and look forward to," said Hageman. "We've addressed a lot of the issues from our Vision Statement. We're developing the flavor of a new city, the distinct identity of Woodinville, and I don't feel my work is done. We need more bike trails for families and kids, and I believe we have focused on the needs of families here in Woodinville.

   "We have achieved a lot of our goals for developing our parks and trail systems for bikes and pedestrians, and we have plans for a lot more. And we have no intention of letting the Sorenson property get away from us.

   "We need a holistic view of Woodinville, which I believe I bring to the Council. I know what the issues are, who the players are, and I believe I have gained the expertise to effectively deal with the issues facing the City Council."

   Hageman said some of the biggest challenges facing the Council involve transportation, such as gaining State support in alleviating congestion on the Woodinville-Duvall and Woodinville-Redmond roads.

   "We must work together with King County, Bothell, and Redmond to solve our traffic problems. That doesn't necessarily involve putting down more asphalt within our city limits," he said.

   "We need to provide more of a trail system and downtown sidewalks, so citizens don't feel they have to drive everywhere downtown. We are also near completion of improving the signals along NE 175th. And the new bypass streets through the TRF project (the Target, Top Foods, and theater area) did not happen by accident. We required the developer to put in those streets, at no cost to our citizens."

   Hageman, a Seattle native with bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Washington, teaches in the Lake Washington School District, and has done staff development and some administrative work there. He has volunteered for several years at Crystal Mountain with their ski patrol and summer mountain bike programs. He also contributes an emergency medical rating to his activities with the Cascade Bike Club.

Mark Jessup

   Mark Jessup was a member of Woodinville's first City Council, serving on the one-year Interim City Council before being elected to a two-year term for 1994-95. He was "on every planning committee leading to the city's formation," he said, including the Incorporation Committee.

   On the Council, he served on the Finance Committee and proposed the Tourist District Overlay, which incorporated the Ste. Michelle and Columbia wineries and other historic area businesses in the NE 145th-Hollywood Schoolhouse area, bringing them within city limits.

   "I was known as the peacemaker and unofficial parliamentarian during the sometimes wild, early days of the Council," said Jessup. "I first brought my Robert's Rules of Order (9th Edition) book to the meetings to help the meetings proceed in an orderly fashion. I passed that book along to City Clerk Sandra Steffler." Steffler currently monitors Robert's Rules during Council meetings.

   "I had a lot of fun on the Council and believe I added a lot to the early days of Woodinville's development as a city. I miss that involvement and I'd like another opportunity to serve. I think the current city government sometimes takes itself too seriously, and I want to bring back some of the original community values we started with. I subscribe heartily to Terry Jarvis' City of Grace slogan, 'Having fun is serious business.'

   "If I were to ever have a hidden agenda, I probably wouldn't remember where I put it!"

   Jessup is the Northwest Regional Sales Manager for a hydraulic components company in Bellevue. In his spare time, he enjoys drawing social commentary cartoons, which he submits to local newspapers. He teaches Sunday school and works with youth activities at the Woodinville Alliance Church.

   "Basically, I do what my wife tells me to do," said Jessup. "She's the director of Children's Ministries at our church."