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Ten hopefuls vie for vacant City Council position

SNOQUALMIE - Ten people have applied for Snoqualmie City Council position No. 5 left vacant by Jay Rodne last month.

Snoqualmie residents David Korma, Gil Tumey, Tony Yanez, Colleen Johnson, Maria Henriksen, Katherine Prewitt, Rowena Saturay, Matt Stone, Dick Kirby and Susan Ranf all put in applications by the Feb. 13 deadline.

Korma is a self-employed engineer who runs Renaissance Salon and Spa in the Snoqualmie Ridge neighborhood with his wife. He and his family have lived in Snoqualmie for mnore than four years.

Tumey is a four-year resident and Snoqualmie Planning Commission member who ran against incumbent Marcia Korich in last year's election but was defeated in the primary. He is a published author and founding member of The Institute for Professional Ethics at Seattle University and the King County Emergency Operations Center Support Team.

Yanez is a 12-year resident of Snoqualmie who sat on the City Council from 1995-1996 before leaving to live in England. He presently serves on the city's Planning Commission and chairs its Library Advisory Board.

Johnson is a former city councilwoman who left office in 2001 after losing to Councilman Matt Larson. Currenlty she is chair of the city's Planning Commission and has lived in Snoqualmie for 48 years.

Henriksen has served on the city's Parks Board for three of the five years she has lived in Snoqualmie. She has worked for Cavanaugh's Hotels, Microsoft Corp. and the University of Washington, where she earned two degrees.

Prewitt is a five-year resident of the city who currently sits on its Library Advisory Board.

Saturay has lived in Snoqualmie for three years.

Stone is 17-year resident of Snoqualmie who served two years on the City Council and five years on the Planning Commission. He has volunteered time for labor and consultation for the city and helped develop the city's first Web site.

Kirby has lived in Snoqualmie for more than 30 years and is a science teacher at Chief Kanim Middle School in Fall City, where he plans to retire from this summer. He served on the City Council until last year, when he was defeated by Councilman Nate Short.

Ranf is a three-year resident who has served on the city's Planning Commission. She is director of transportation for the Seattle Mariners and has volunteered to sit on the board of a financial institution for the past 10 years.

The City Council will review the applications and invite candidates for interviews at its Feb. 23 meeting. The council will take a vote at its March 8 meeting where it will appoint someone to the seat.

Rodne resigned from the council after being appointed to a state legislative seat for District 5. A new council member will serve the rest of Rodne's term, which will expire Dec. 31, 2005.

Ben Cape can be reached at (425) 888-2311 or by e-mail at ben.cap@valleyrecord.com.

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