The city of Snoqualmie announced on Monday, Aug. 21, that Councilman Brad Toft has resigned from his seat in Position 4 on the Snoqualmie City Council, two years into his first term.
Toft resigned on Saturday, Aug. 19, after sending a brief email to Bob Jeans, Mayor Pro-Tem and fellow city council member.
Jeans said he felt “a feeling of loss for a fellow hard-working and productive council member like Brad. The council will miss him.”
When reached for comment Toft said he made the change to spend more time with his family.
“I’ve served the Snoqualmie Valley for nearly 10 years in different ways, I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family,” he wrote in an email to the Record.
According to Snoqualmie’s communications coordinator Joan Pliego, it is too late for the open council position to be added to the general election ballot for this November and the position must be filled by appointment within 90 days.
Earlier this year, the council appointed two citizens to council positions vacated by former council members Chelley Patterson, who moved out of the city, and the late Charles Peterson. Katherine Ross and Sean Sundwall were appointed in April to Positions 2 and 6, respectively.
Position 4, held by Toft, is the only council seat not on the November general election ballot this year. Toft filed for the office of Mayor last May, but was not one of the top two candidates to win the Aug. 8 primary. Mayor Matt Larson and former Mayor Fuzzy Fletcher were first and second in the primary and Toft was third.
All of the Snoqualmie City Council seats are contested this election. In Position 1, incumbent Bob Jeans will run against Cristie Coffing. In Position 2, incumbent Ross will run against Lesley Sheppard. In Position 3, incumbent Bryan Holloway will run against Tom Wood. In Position 5, Terry Sorenson will run against Matt Laase. In Position 6, incumbent Sundwall will run against Monica Lowney. And in Position 7, incumbent Kathi Prewitt will run against Peggy Shepard.
The city council will discuss they will fill the vacant position at their next meeting on Monday, Aug. 28. Toft, who was elected to the city council in November 2015, still had two years left in his term. A newly appointed council member would serve until the end of Toft’s four year term on Dec. 31, 2019.