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Two candidates on the ballot for Snoqualmie Council
With the race for position four on the Snoqualmie City Council
coming into the home stretch, candidates Carol Peterson and Marcia Korich-Vega
met with residents of Snoqualmie Ridge in a candidate's forum Thursday
night, Oct. 21. Dick Kirby, running unopposed for re-election to position 3,
The event, held at the Residents and Owners Association
office, brought out about 20 people from the Ridge and other interested
parties. Using a revolving question and answer format, all three candidates took
advantage of the opportunity to identify the issues facing the community
and what they would do to tackle them.
"I'm not a single issue person," said Peterson in response to one
query. "I've followed every single issue
"The one big issue - several years ago _ was when we started hearing
the animosity (toward the Ridge). I remember when we had the same
animosity with the city of North Bend. It took us 20 years to iron that out.
"When I heard about Snoqualmie Ridge coming in, that
animosity started building again," she
continued. "I've already lived through it once,
and I wasn't going to let I happen again. We're not going to get a lot done
in this city if we spend a lot of time arguing."
In response, Korich-Vega commented, "I look at this more like
you have moved into the city of Snoqualmie, and I felt my job
would be _ as council member _ the same as for those down below.
"If you have an issue, come down to city administration and we'll
work it out there. I don't see a problem in blending, and I don't see it as a
main issue. I see it as being a representative for the city of Snoqualmie."
And so it went through the evening, with each candidate in
turn discussing issues such as the proposed Falls Crossing and Snoqualmie
Ridge Phase II developments. In that area, both agreed the city just "can't say
no," to development, but Peterson declined further comment due to her
position as a council candidate.
"I have my feelings about the (Falls Crossing) proposal, as
planned, because I don't think it fits our character here," said Korich-Vega.
"We're really lucky because we're so close to Issaquah, which is the
biggest screw up in history," added Kirby to laughter from the group. "You
can't just do what Issaquah did, and plop in 10,000 homes on a two-lane road.
It has to be managed."
Other subjects that came up included commercial
development along the Snoqualmie Parkway and in the Ridge complex, the planned
community center, the possibility of a pool, and I-695 impacts. In and around
the comments, the attendees discussed the responses among themselves.
At the end of the evening, each candidate was given a couple of
minutes to make a closing statement.
"I think this has been interesting," said Peterson. "I would've liked
to have seen three times as many people. It's a matter of getting involved, so
we can understand where you're coming from. We're very interested in that."
"If I'm elected," concluded Korich-Vega, "I'm going to do my
best to be a good council member. There are a lot of meetings to attend, and
I hope I see you there."