Snoqualmie mayor, city council seek second terms
By SETH TRUSCOTT
Snoqualmie Valley Record Editor
May 21, 2009 · Updated 8:54 AM
Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson and several incumbent council members announced their plans to run for reelection this fall.
City positions will open for candidate filing on Monday, June 1. Filing closes Friday, June 5. The terms for the mayor and council positions 1, 3, 5 and 7 will expire on December 31.
Larson and council members Bob Jeans, position 1, Bryan Holloway, position 3, Maria Henriksen, position 5, and Kathi Prewitt, position 7, will seek reelection.
Mayor to run
Larson, who won his first term after a three-way race in 2005, said campaigns are good, healthy processes for the community. He sees a number of city issues as unfinished business.
Snoqualmie’s new community center failed multiple times at the polls — a big disappointment for Larson. Now, the city is seeking to push forward on the center once again, potentially without another vote.
“We have a good chance of getting that wrapped up in the next four years,” he said.
Larson would like to see his green city initiative grow, becoming stronger and more clearly defined.
And, like fellow council members up for election, he’s eager to see the downtown revitalization process move forward.
Larson said he wants to continue the city’s partnership with the Northwest Railway Museum, as the museum builds its new campus, and to keep evolving relationships with future sister cities,
“The sister city program has great potential,” he said. “It’s just in its infancy now.”
During his term, Larson pushed for more pay for the mayor’s position, saying he was spending more time and personal funds on the job. Larson described the raise as pennies invested for dollars returned, allowing him to do more for the city.
Larson said he was able to achieve his first term goal of putting the city on firm financial footing. Snoqualmie currently has reserves of 30 percent of its general fund.
“It’s preparation for what we call the cliff, when all development stops,” he said.
Jeans said his foremost priority is the redevelopment of the city’s downtown area. Changes planned for downtown, making it a more modern, inviting, pedestrian-friendly place, will create vitality, he said.
Jeans’ involvement in the Tanner Jeans Memorial Foundation, created to promote safety after his grandson Tanner died in a bicycle accident, dovetails with his work as chairman of the city’s public safety committee. Jeans said he remains interested in issues of police, fire and public safety.
Henriksen has served one and a half terms, after being appointed to replace current State Representative Jay Rodne. She chairs the community and economic affairs committee.
Residents are going to start seeing progress on the downtown development plan this fall, Henriksen said.
The work lets investors know that the city is making its own efforts downtown.
“It will be their turn to then step up,” she said.
Kathi Prewitt chairs the city’s Finance and Administation committee, and is mayor pro tem this year.
“My focus is on the fiscal health of the city, making sure it’s sustainable,” she said.
Prewitt is also interested in the city’s economic development. She’s would like to see the downtown revitalization completed.
Prewitt and her husband Lee have two daughters, one at Mount Si High School, the other at Snoqualmie Middle School.
Being part of the council “is definitely a family decision,” Prewitt said. “Both of my kids really support what I’m doing, and don’t want to give it up.
Bryan Holloway announced his decision to run on Monday, May 18.
“After family discussion and internal deliberation, I have come to the decision to put my name forward for another term,” Holloway told the Record.
Larson and other council members said they’d like to continue working together.
“To move forward, you need people who can work together,” Jeans said. “There’s a mutual respect.”Contact Snoqualmie Valley Record Editor Seth Truscott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-425-888-2311.