Candidates file for 23 local races

SNOQUALMIE VALLEY - This fall, Snoqualmie Valley residents will have to make 23 local decisions.

That is the number of local positions that are up for election. King County, Snoqualmie, North Bend, the Snoqualmie Valley School District, King County Public Hospital District No. 4 (Snoqualmie Valley Hospital), King County Fire Protection District No. 27 (Fall City fire department), Eastside Fire and Rescue 38 (North Bend fire department), the Si View Metropolitan Park District and the Fall City Water District will all have positions needing to be filled this fall.

Seeking those spots are 32 individuals who filed with the county last week to run for office, a number that will leave a vast majority of the races uncontested.

The King County Executive post has four candidates, with David Irons running as the sole Republican and the only person from the Eastside of the county. Incumbent Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, a Republican from Redmond, was the only candidate to file for district No. 3.

In Snoqualmie six of the seven council posts and the mayor's position will need to be filled this fall following what looks to be a busy summer for the city. Half of the council races will be uncontested, but the the mayor's position has three candidates and council positions No. 1, 3 and 7 each have two.

North Bend voters will have three choices for its three council positions. Incumbent Chris Garcia signed on for another term and Jonathan Rosen will run for the position left vacant by Mark Sollitto.

Sollitto's seat, however, will first be filled by either Ross Loudenback or Fred Rappin, who both applied last week to be appointed to the position until this fall's election. The North Bend City Council will make the decision between Loudenback and Rappin this week, but Loudenback has already filed for position No. 4 on the council for the fall election, so no one will run against Rosen at that time.

Position No. 3 on the Snoqualmie Valley School District Board of Directors was the only one of the three up for election this fall to have two candidates, Kim Horn (who was appointed to fill the seat left vacant by Dave Reed last year) and Carolyn Simpson.

The remainder of the races in King County Public Hospital District No. 4, King County Fire Protection District No. 27, Eastside Fire and Rescue District 38, the Si View Metropolitan Park District and the Fall City Water District all have uncontested candidates.

The first round of elimination will be the Sept. 20 primary, which will whittle the pool of candidates for each position down to the top two. The only races to have more than three candidates is the King County Executive race and the Snoqualmie mayoral race.

The general election will be held Nov. 8.

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