Filing period for local office starts soon; Snoqualmie voters will select six for City Council, plus Mayor; other governments also have openings

In a few weeks, candidates for local offices will be able to file for office through King County Elections. Filing week is May 15 to 19, and in the Valley, there will be many offices on the November ballot.

Snoqualmie will have six city council positions, plus the office of mayor, up for election.

Due to the recent loss of two city council members whose positions were filled by appointment last week, all but one city council seat will be on the ballot. Terms are expiring for Position 1, held by Bob Jeans; Position 3, held by Bryan Holloway; Position 5, held by Heather Munden; and Position 7, held by Kathi Prewitt.

Positions 2 and 6, left vacant by Councilwoman Chelley Patterson’s move outside of city limits and by the death of Councilman Charles S. Peterson, are also on the ballot for November. In the interim, Katherine Ross and Sean Sundwall were appointed April 13 to fill those positions.

Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson will also be up for re-election.

Councilman Jeans and Mayor Larson have already filed their candidacy information with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.

In North Bend, three council seats are up for election: Position 2, held by Alan Gothelf; Position 4, held by Ross Loudenback; and Position 6, held by Jeanne Pettersen.

In Carnation, two council seats will be on the ballot: Position 2, held by Jim Berger; and Position 4, held by Kim Lisk. Berger is the Mayor of Carnation, however the Mayor is appointed to a one-year term by a vote of the full council each January.

In Duvall four council seats and the office of mayor will all be up for election. Duvall Mayor Will Ibershof has not indicated whether he will run again. The council positions include Position 1, held by Dianne Brudnicki; Position 3, held by Scott Thomas; Position 5, currently vacant; and Position 6, held by Amy Ockerlander.

Two candidates, Ockerlander and Duvall City Councilman Jason Walker, have filed information on their intent to run for Mayor with the Public Disclosure Commission.

In the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District, Commissioner Emma Herron’s term is expiring. Commissioners serve six-year terms. Herron was elected to the board in 2015 to complete the term at Position 3, which expires Dec. 31, 2017.

In the Snoqualmie Valley School District, two district seats are up for election: Position 1, held by Tavish MacLean; and Position 4, held by Marci Busby. MacLean announced at the April 4 board meeting that he planned to run for re-election.

And in the Riverview School District, two seats are going to be on the ballot: District 1, held by Lori Oviatt; and District 5, held by Sabrina Parnell.

For all existing and aspiring candidates, King County Elections is hosting two free two-hour workshops to discuss important information related to filing for office in King County. The workshops will be 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, April 28, and 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, April 29, at the King County Elections headquarters, 919 SW Grady Way in Renton.

Members of the public, candidates, campaign managers, treasurers, and staff are invited to attend. The workshop covers filing for office in King County, submitting voters’ pamphlet information, voter lists and data management, campaign sign regulations and basic public disclosure requirements.

Registration in advance is required. Send email to election.operations@kingcounty.gov.

For more information, visit the King County Elections website at www.kingcounty.gov/elections or call the elections office at (206) 296-1565.

The deadline to withdraw from candidacy is 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 22.

The primary election is set for Tuesday, Aug. 1. The general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 7.

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