July 16, 2001
Woodinville wants ... you
by Bronwyn Wilson
Have you ever thought you'd like to make a difference in the community? If so, your time has come. Of the seven positions on Woodinville's City Council, Positions 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 will be on the November ballot. The only council seat not up for re-election is Position 4 held by Deputy Mayor Scott Hageman. When former Deputy Mayor Marsha Engel and Council Member Barbara Solberg retired last year, the council appointed Gareth Grube and Cathy Wiederhold to fill vacant Positions 2 and 6, terms that expire December 2001.
Also, the current terms of Council Members Don Brocha, Robert Miller, Carol Bogue and Mayor Randy Ransom will end at that time.
The job of city council member involves approving a whole host of city matters, such as the city budget, ordinances, resolutions, minutes, claims, payroll and re-appointments of city advisory boards.
Said Sandra Steffler, city clerk, "All of this goes before council for approval during regular council meetings." She said that a council member is on the job "twenty-four, seven," and clarified, "People talk to them about council business in the grocery store, at the Farmers Market and down at Wilmot Park."
Deputy Mayor Scott Hageman said that council members put in a lot of time and effort. The reward, he said, comes from investing in the community and making it more livable for family and neighbors. He added, "Those who have a passion and vision for how they would like to see the community grow and develop are the ones for the job."
Those up for the challenge need only have a couple of necessary qualifications. A candidate must be a registered voter within the boundaries of Woodinville and have lived in Woodinville one year before the Sept. 18 primary election.
Potential candidates need to file a Declaration of Candidacy form in person beginning Monday, July 23, at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, July 27, at 4:30 p.m. at the King County Administration Building in Room 553. Those who prefer to file by mail should contact King County Elections.
A packet will be sent to the candidate's residence. "The candidate filing period has already begun by mail," said Steffler. When filing by mail or in person the form must be notarized. Steffler emphasized there are no exceptions, "There are no ifs, ands or buts. They need to get that notarized." However, declaring a candidacy through the mail has its problems. For one, the postmark is not a governing factor. King County Elections must receive the form by July 27. If the packet is postmarked July 27 but doesn't reach the office until July 30, it's too late and the candidacy will not be recognized. If the postal service is used Steffler said that it's a good idea to check with King County Elections to see if they received the Declaration of Candidacy form.
In addition, a check for $72, made payable to King County Director of Finance, is due at the time of filing. Should a citizen want to file but can't afford the filing fee, Washington state law has a provision. The person is allowed to file a Supplemental Nominating Petition, which requires one signature per $1 of filing fee. For citizens in Woodinville, this means 72 signatures. Every signature will be verified by King County to make certain the name belongs to a registered voter. A candidate can't use cash to make up a deficit in signatures. For example, if only 50 petition signatures are obtained, it won't make things right to tack on $22.
For council members who plan to run for office again, they will need to complete a Financial Affairs Statement (PDC Form F-1) and file it with the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) in Olympia within two weeks of becoming a candidate. They will also need to file a Registration: Candidate/Candidate Committee form (C-1) within this time frame with the PDC.
For any candidates who change their mind and decide to withdraw their candidacy, they will need to complete a withdrawal of candidacy form with King County Elections and submit it by 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2. Or should they decide to run for a different council position, say Position 5 instead of Position 2, they'll need to file a withdrawal form and then re-apply. If a candidate is too late in making an official withdrawal, his name will still appear on the ballot. In that case opponents, the Public Disclosure Commission and the press need to be notified of the withdrawal.
The filing fee in non-refundable. All city council terms are for four years. There are 6,064 registered voters in the city of Woodinville and during the last presidential election 4,488 voted.
For further information, contact King County Elections at (206) 296-1565. The number for voter registration is (206) 296-VOTE.