August 2, 1999
WOODINVILLE--Marsha Engel, an original City Council member who has served in Council Position No. 6 for six years, filed an application to seek re-election to another four-year term on July 26.
A 25-year Woodinville resident, Engel calls herself an advocate of retaining a healthy business community through a minimum of governmental interference. She strongly opposes any B&O tax, licensing, or permit fees for any Woodinville business.
"My job on the Council is to represent all of Woodinville without ties to any special interest group," said Engel. "During the last six years, we have come a long way, you and I. We had a vision when we became a city: 'Country Living, City Style.'"
Engel points out that they have established four city parks, sidewalks to schools, play lots in all new developments, and many street improvements, all without raising taxes. She encouraged the Council to contribute funds to King County's Advocate for Victims of Domestic Violence in Northeast District Court, which made Woodinville residents eligible for those services.
Engel is a strong advocate for a skateboard park in downtown Woodinville, to provide more recreation for children. She said she is determined to see that the City purchases the Sorenson property and retains the ballfields there for community use.
On the Council, Engel has chaired the Facilities Committee and worked on both the Finance and Contracts Committees. She currently serves as Woodinville's liason to the Northshore School District, Woodinville Fire & Life Safety District, Water District, and the City of Bothell. She recently represented Woodinville at the Association of Washington Cities.
Born and raised on a farm in Ohio, which her 75-year-old father still works, she received a B.S. in education from Bowling Green State University of Ohio. After post-graduate work in school counseling at Ohio State University, she taught at a juvenile institution in Columbus. In 1974, she received the Ohio Governor's Award for Community Service.