Candidates for Carnation City Council
October 2, 2008 · Updated 3:22 PM
The City of Carnation has five council seats up for election
because of the city's plans to change from a council-mayor to a
council-manager form of government. Once the new council is elected, the
members will appoint a mayor to serve as a representative of the
Until recently, all positions were unopposed. However, last
week Joan Sharp announced that she would run against Mary
Osterday for position 3 in November.
In preparation for the General Election, the Snoqualmie
Valley Record contacted the candidates and asked them to respond to
the following four questions:
Why are you running for the Carnation City Council?
What background and experience will you bring to the
council and how will they benefit the residents of Carnation?
What are the top three issues facing Carnation?
How do you plan to address and solve these issues?
The following are the responses from the candidates:
I am running for city council because I know I can make a
difference in the quality of life for the citizens of Carnation. I have
attended nearly every council meeting for the last 11 years and I
have participated on mayor-appointed committees.
Because of my council meeting attendance, I am already
familiar with the past, present, and future issues the city faces. I have
lived here for 19½ years and am familiar with the city's history.
Through my attendance, participation and familiarization with
the processes, I will provide the citizens with the most knowledgeable
candidate. This will also have the added advantage of a very short
learning curve to become productive.
The top three issues facing the city are financial accountability,
public safety and sewers. For financial accountability, we need to prioritize
and reduce unnecessary spending. Regarding public safety, proper
management and performance measures are important. And for sewers, we need to
set goals and objectives and set timelines for achievement.
I also want to provide more usable park space by doing something
with the park properties we already have. I want to provide kids with areas
to skateboard and play basketball off of the street.
I believe I can offer Carnation the type of thoughtful positive
leadership that is needed. I have the background, skills and interest to serve
effectively and am willing to prioritize the demands of governance with those of
my family and job.
The background and experience I bring includes 20 years'
residence, which provides grounding in where we've been, that will help in the
assessment of where we need to go and how to get there.
Through my work in the non-profit and public sectors, I have had
considerable experience in policy development, public processes at all
levels, developing and maintaining collaborations, community building and
My experience has also taught me that we'll all get a lot farther by
focusing on opportunities rather than the deficiencies.
Having been a part of the "good governance" movement in
Carnation as a member of the citizen's committee that recommended the
council-manager form of government and as an advocate for better police
services, I have a strong interest in assuring
that the city sustains the forward momentum it has achieved recently.
Key issues facing Carnation:
Sewers. It's very likely that critical decisions regarding a
Carnation sewer will be made by the Council we elect on Nov. 2. This
is an issue that has repeatedly come up, leaving some bitter
divisions while remaining unresolved. It's important that the process used
to consider the issue is fair, comprehensive, open and thoughtful
so that, regardless of the final decision, we can all feel as comfortable
as possible with the outcome.
Continuing to improve city services by emphasizing
accountability and customer service. We need to keep a close eye on the
changes implemented recently to ensure that they are living up to our
expectations. Is the contract with the County for police services
delivering the desired level of protection and professionalism? Is our
restructured council-manager form of government providing the
improved responsiveness we hoped for? And where is the next, best
opportunity to reform government to better serve our citizens?
Community building. Like the other Valley cities, Carnation
has gone through major changes related to growth. We need to continue
to look for ways to enhance the sense of community that is threatened
as our traditional rural, small town way of life gives way to the
new realities of the 21st century. The city can be an active partner in
solving problems, promoting respect for diversity, the value of
community involvement and supportive relationships, in making sure our
priorities put people first.
And the inevitable, flooding and the issues related to living in
a physical environment dominated by water. We must keep this issue
in focus, and stay alert to the threats and opportunities related to this