October 4, 2013

By Contributor

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Vote for John Drescher for City Council

I am writing this letter asking for the citizens of Newcastle to support my friend and your Planning Commission chairman, John Drescher, for Position 6 on our City Council.

Serving as a fellow commissioner with John, I have had the pleasure of watching his leadership skills, commitment to our community’s welfare and future, along with getting to know him personally. I would like to share some of what I know about John Drescher and why I believe that makes him the best candidate running for City Council.

John and his wife Sally moved to Newcastle in 2005, to the Wynfield Ridge Neighborhood, where he then served as HOA president (2006-2008). With the arrival of their three children since moving to our city, John has become involved in coaching youth soccer and T-ball. The family, like many of ours, enjoys the wonderful trails, parks and playgrounds within our city, and can often be seen visiting Lake Boren Park as well as the events held there.

To quote something John has stated and I have found best represents the fundamental aspect, purpose and character of the man as a public servant, “I particularly think the ability to respectfully work for what you think is best, while being open to new ideas from people of good faith seeking the same, and ultimately coming to a majority consensus that best serves all, is the essence of good government.”

And finally, John has a long history of service, whether as a board member of the USO Puget Sound Area, Friends of the Newcastle Library, Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and his current position as Newcastle Planning Commission chairman, John gives his time, energy and commitment to his community. Becoming our next City Council member is a natural progression for someone with John’s level of interest and commitment.

You can find out more about John Drescher and his candidacy for City Council Position 6 at his web site, www.johndrescher.com. I urge your support for my/our friend.

Jon Simpson


Alison Meryweather is a nonstop advocate for public education

Alison Meryweather is absolutely the right choice for the Issaquah School Board.

Alison has been a nonstop advocate for our public education system for more than a decade. She has actively sought and found every opportunity over the years to take a leadership position in any endeavor that will bring resources to our schools so that all of our children can have the best possible education.

Whether as a past PTSA president at multiple levels in our district, a board trustee for the Issaquah Schools Foundation, or a longtime committee member then chairwoman of Volunteers for Issaquah Schools, the all-volunteer organization that raises money for and runs Issaquah’s bond and levy campaigns, she has spent seemingly all of her time outside of raising her daughters dedicated to the cause of helping make Issaquah schools better.

The knowledge, insight and experience she has gleaned from all these years of work have already been and will continue to be enormous assets on the school board.

All of us to some degree think we’re “experts” about our schools because we have shepherded our own kids through the system. Alison’s dedication to helping all kids puts her in a different category.

Her years of work as a fundraiser and advocate have produced deep understanding and convictions about the challenges facing schools. This is what drives her to keep doing more, and always trying to do better. The Issaquah School Board — and in turn, all of our students — only stand to gain.

Leigh Stokes



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