Northwest NEWS

October 18, 1999

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Bothell, Kenmore council candidates speak out

Dave Gauch Cindy Honcoop Bob Bandarra Mary Holmes
Dave Gauch. Cindy Honcoop. Bob Bandarra. Mary Holmes.
Charles C. Keller Dick Paylor Steven J. Gimurtu Marcia Schwendiman
Charles C. Keller. Dick Paylor. Steven J. Gimurtu. Marcia Schwendiman.

Compiled by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   With absentee ballots coming out this week, Northshore candidates are girding up for the Nov. 2 election battle.

Bothell City Council, Position 2

Dave Gauch

   I am the only northsider standing for the City Council. Half of Bothell's land area, and over 45 percent of the population, is in Snohomish County.

   I am a retired Federal Congressional Investigator. I have also worked as a federal grants administrator and as a legislative liaison in Washington State.

   The State Growth Management Act is often misunderstood. As a real estate broker, I've worked with its complexities. I want to help steer the City Council toward a more conservative growth attitude.

   Bothell has allowed the construction of new apartments, condominiums, and houses to move forward faster than the existing streets can handle it. The traffic problems need to be solved, but first we need to stop the explosion of new residences.

   A fiscal conservative, I'll review city projects for possible cost savings.

Cindy Honcoop

   I have 20 years' business experience, which includes finance, project management, contract negotiations, and computer technology. I have been responsible for annual budgets.

   Traffic is an important issue for Bothell. If we route the traffic around downtown, our business community would sustain losses. Because of our topography, traffic takes the route of least resistance through our neighborhoods. We need to provide the funds for the easing of neighborhood traffic and improve traffic flow to our business areas.

   While we must manage our growth in compliance with the Growth Management Act, we can make choices as a city. We can find creative ways to increase our housing density and improve our quality of life. Reviewing our zoning laws and providing opportunity for downtown residency, in combination with business, can help improve our city.

Bothell City Council, Position 3

Bob Bandarra

   I have 24 years of public service, the last eight as general manager for the Woodinville Water District.

   I believe that our future quality of life depends on establishing a balance between traffic, our neighborhoods, economic vitality, and our natural environment.

   Bothell's continued economic vitality is important in helping local homeowners and businesses reduce or maintain their annual tax burden. Deciding where retail development should occur is necessary. Establishing a zoning pattern that accommodates both neighborhoods and business is a key priority.

   Development of a traffic plan or study to address flow patterns, to understand the impacts and develop alternatives for implementation, would be my next priority. Development of policies that create a traffic patterns in Bothell to accommodate both the safety in neighborhoods and allow for the orderly progression through the city to the retail sectors is important.

Mary Holmes

   I have spent the last 12 years of my professional life in marketing, in managerial positions for global corporations. I believe an effective councilmember is one who will do research, listen to what people say, and more importantly, follow up on what they do.

   The Council, city staff, and citizens form a cross-functional team who need to work together in order to make a difference in the short term and in the long term. My skills in research, consensus building, and problem solving will serve the city well.

   Transportation is a regional issue which affects each of us in Bothell daily. The congestion is getting worse. We need to implement road improvement plans such as Bothell Way and the I-405 project. We need to make public transportation more accessible, increase public transportation service, trip reduction incentives, and alternative means of transportation.

Bothell City Council, Position 6

Charles C. Keller

   I have served Bothell on the Planning Commission for the past two years and have experience with Bothell budget review levels of service for police, fire, and emergency response, and adjustments in transportation service levels.

   I believe we need to develop our community in a responsible way to provide affordable services without raising taxes. Working together, we can provide for economic vitality and develop fiscally responsible solutions without sacrificing our neighborhoods or quality of life.

   Another critical issue facing Bothell is the impact of traffic on our neighborhoods and community. I would like to work on a comprehensive traffic-calming plan for the entire City of Bothell. Without an overall plan, traffic mitigation in one neighborhood may lead to increased traffic in adjoining neighborhoods.

Dick Paylor

   I have 25 years of business experience, including banking and commercial real estate sales, leasing, and development. I have been active in City Council and Planning Commission meetings for more than 10 years.

   I am concerned that we get the city running as efficiently as possible and improve customer service in all departments.

   Second, I am concerned that we have not taken advantage of opportunities to provide a broader base of sales tax revenues to the city that will allow us to continue providing the services our residents expect. Whatever action taken by the council must also balance the needs and concerns of our neighborhoods, as well.

Kenmore City Council, Position 4

Steven J. Gimurtu

   I am presently serving my tenth year as Fire Commissioner for the Northshore Fire Dept. in Kenmore. I served as president of the Kenmore Community Council in the late 1960s and early 1970s. I served on the Kenmore Incorporation Committee.

   The two most important issues facing Kenmore are solving the traffic congestion on Bothell Way and Juanita Drive, the effect of the Lakepointe project and the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan currently being presented in public meetings, and solving the surface water management situation around Swamp Creek. In serious weather, there is great flooding in the area around the police precinct and fire station.

Marcia Schwendiman

   My community involvement with the Kenmore Incorporation committee gave me the opportunity to understand the problems facing Kenmore.

   Given our location and the mandates of the state's Growth Management Act, Kenmore will face increased population. This requires an excellent comprehensive plan which the city has begun to do.

   Solving the traffic congestion problems will not be a quick, cheap, or easy job. The city has already developed a Traffic Improvement Plan that will provide for better access to 522 and improve safety at key intersections along the highway.

   We sit on a major state highway and experience pass-thru traffic from many communities. The challenge is to move the commuters and improve our ability to get around in Kenmore to do our local errands.