John Dulcich announces candidacy for City Council

April 30, 2009

By Jim Feehan

Councilmembers Jean Garber, Dan Hubbell, Ben Varon yet to decide

Former City Councilman John Dulcich is re-entering politics and running for City Council this year.



“In light of the global economy and its impact on Newcastle, I feel I can provide valuable experience on the council,” he said. “I feel a call to duty. In light of what has happened on the council in the past year, I feel it’s important to have someone on the council who has a grasp on budgetary priorities.”

Dulcich began serving on the City Council when the city incorporated in 1994. He stepped down in 2007. Dulcich ran unopposed in each of his last three elections. He was appointed mayor by the council in 2002 and was the first council member to serve two consecutive terms as mayor. 

Dulcich declined to say which of the three City Council positions he’d run for. 

Councilwoman Jean Garber, Councilman Dan Hubbell and Mayor Ben Varon are all up for re-election. Candidates formally file the week of June 1-5. 

“I’m leaning toward running, but I haven’t decided yet,” Garber said. “I’ll probably make my decision at the last minute. There is some unfinished business with downtown development that is so essential to our future.”

Hubbell and Varon both said they have yet to decide if they’ll run.

In other races, Pam Teal said she was “unofficially” seeking election to the Renton School Board. 

“When I say yes, I have to file my Public Disclosure Commission paperwork immediately,” she said. 

Teal was appointed by the Renton School Board in January to fill the vacancy left by Marcie Maxwell when Maxwell was elected to the Legislature. Teal represents the school board’s 5th District, which includes Newcastle, Newport Hills and north Renton.

Connie Fletcher and Chad Magendanz, of the Issaquah School District board, are both up for election. Fletcher  was elected in 1993 and has served four terms on the school board. Magendanz was appointed to the school board in October to fill the remaining term of Mike Winkler, who resigned.

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2 Responses to “John Dulcich announces candidacy for City Council”

  1. Pat on May 4th, 2009 9:52 pm

    “I’m leaning toward running, but I haven’t decided yet,” Garber said. “I’ll probably make my decision at the last minute. No. Jean is not running. She’s trying to pave the way for her hand picked successor, Mark Garvin, father of the new green park signs.

    Varon’s not running either, He’s moving. Their plan is to pretend they are going to run to scare off challengers to an open seat. I’m told Jean might even file (Ben won’t) and then withdraw saying “If someone as qualified as Mark Garvin will run I will step aside….”. Hubbell is going to run again.

    Last time they “beat the bushes” for “like minded” candidates”. The people they recruited lost miserably in the election and are not too happy about feeling misled by Garber and Hubbell.

  2. Andrew on June 5th, 2009 9:14 pm

    Hey Pat, would you like to make any other predictions?

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