Here’s what to expect on your November ballot

September 30, 2015

NEW — 3:26 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Former Newcastle Planning Commissioner Rob Lemmon’s voters’ pamphlet statement begins with a declaration.

“I’m Rob Lemmon, and I was a candidate.”

“Was” is the operative word there, as Lemmon withdrew from the Newcastle City Council Position No. 3 race shortly after he filed. Due to what he called a “logistics” issue, King County Elections did not receive his withdrawal paperwork in time, so his name will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot.

But make no mistake, he is not a candidate for the Newcastle City Council, Lemmon said. Read more

Allen Dauterman is lone candidate for City Council Position No. 3

September 30, 2015

NEW — 3:21 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Newcastle City Council candidate Allen Dauterman takes his unique situation in stride.

Dauterman, chairman of the city’s Planning Commission, is running unopposed for council Position No. 3. Yet, the general election ballot will tell a different story.

Allen Dauterman

Allen Dauterman

Rob Lemmon’s name will appear alongside Dauterman’s, but Lemmon, a former planning commissioner himself, has made it clear that he is not a candidate. Read more

Candidates talk about the issues, vie for newspaper endorsement

September 30, 2015

NEW — 3:16 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Candidates for the only contested Newcastle City Council race separately convened in Issaquah Sept. 25, where they met with The Issaquah Press newspaper group General Manager Charles Horton and Managing Editor Kathleen R. Merrill.

Newcastle News is one of four newspapers in that group.

Victoria Sandoval

Victoria Sandoval

Linda Newing

Linda Newing

Horton and Merrill quizzed Victoria Sandoval and Linda Newing on everything from traffic to city finances, as the two made their cases for a Newcastle News endorsement. Newcastle News previously asked the candidates a series of questions here and profiled them here in the lead-up to the election. Read more

Questions needed for Newcastle candidate forum

September 12, 2015

NEW — 7:53 p.m. Sept. 12, 2015

Meet the men and women vying for Newcastle City Council spots at an October candidate forum.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and the Newcastle Library are jointly hosting a moderated forum Oct. 7 at the Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way.

The event will feature questions submitted by Newcastle citizens. Candidates for Position Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 are expected to attend.

There are four Newcastle City Council seats with expiring terms, but only one race includes more than a single candidate. Read more

Newcastle City Council candidates answer questions

September 7, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 7, 2015

Newcastle residents will see four City Council positions up for election on their November ballot, but only one race is contested.

Council candidates Linda Newing and Victoria Sandoval answered questions about numerous issues facing Newcastle in the years ahead. (Answers had to be 25 words or less.)

View the candidates answers as seen in the printed grid published Sept. 4 here, and view a list of each candidate’s endorsements here. Read more

Two candidates vie for council Position No. 1

August 10, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 10, 2015

The city’s election lineup is set, and while there are four Newcastle City Council seats with expiring terms, only one race includes more than a single candidate.

Community Activities commissioners Linda Newing and Victoria Sandoval will compete to fill the seat being vacated by City Councilwoman Lisa Jensen.

Linda Newing

Linda Newing

Victoria Sandoval

Victoria Sandoval

Incumbents Gordon Bisset and Carol Simpson will each run unopposed to retain their seats. Planning Commissioner Allen Dauterman initially drew a challenger for Position No. 3, but Rob Lemmon withdrew. Read more

Candidate filings set up one City Council race

June 4, 2015

The 2015 general election ballot will tell a different story, but there’s really only one contested Newcastle City Council race.

Community Activities commissioners Linda Newing and Victoria Sandoval will face off for council Position No. 1, currently held by Councilwoman Lisa Jensen, who announced she would not file for re-election.

But only Planning Commissioner Allen Dauterman will actively run for Position No. 3, despite the fact that Rob Lemmon’s name will appear alongside his.

Lemmon, a former planning commissioner who resigned in December, said “logistical issues” prevented a successful attempt to withdraw his name from the race. He filed to withdraw before King County Elections’ deadline, though, he said. Read more

City Council election starts to take shape

April 30, 2015

The Newcastle City Council will have at least one new face in 2016.

City Councilwoman Lisa Jensen announced April 23 that she will not file for re-election this spring, guaranteeing that there will be one open seat during November’s election. Three other council members could be challenged as well.

“I first ran for office because the city budget was out of control and a majority on the council had lost touch with the people they represented,” Jensen wrote in a letter to the editor.

“In the last eight years we have made the necessary changes to budget in a way that allows us to live within our means. We also have a city manager and staff that make customer service a priority and recognize everyone at City Hall is there to serve the community.” Read more

Alison Meryweather, Lisa Callan vie for Issaquah School Board

October 31, 2013

Alison Meryweather and Lisa Callan are familiar with each other, having been finalists for the Issaquah School Board’s vacant position earlier this year.

Meryweather was appointed to the Position 4 post — left open by Chad Magendanz’s move to the state House of Representatives — in March. But Meryweather will have to impress voters to keep the job, and Callan will challenge her again on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The Position 4 seat covers the southeast region of the district. Although candidates run for a specific geographic seat, voters districtwide cast ballots for all Issaquah School Board members. Members are elected to four-year terms.

Alison Meryweather

Alison Meryweather

Lisa Callan

Lisa Callan

Meryweather has lived in Issaquah for more than 25 years, and she has served with various Parent Teacher Student Association groups for nearly half that time. She has spent time in Olympia as a PTSA advocacy representative, and was part of education reform efforts in 2009. That led to the McCleary decision that is currently revamping the state’s funding of basic education.

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Election ballots are due Nov. 5

October 31, 2013

The general election is Nov. 5. Mailed ballots require first class postage and must be postmarked by Nov. 5. Voters can return their ballots without a stamp at a 24-hour drop box.

Newcastle’s closest drop box is in Renton, at the King County Elections building, 919 S.W. Grady Way. The box closes at 8 p.m. on election day.

Follow the directions on the ballot envelope for quick accounting. Place the ballot in the security envelope, seal all envelopes and sign the outer envelope, before depositing it in the drop box.

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