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.

Learn more at www.kingcounty.gov/elections.

Get to know the Newcastle City Council candidates

October 4, 2013

Newcastle residents will see three City Council positions up for election on their Nov. 5 ballot, but only one race is contested.

Council candidates John Drescher and Mark Greene answered questions about numerous issues facing Newcastle in the years ahead. (Answers had to be 25 words or less.)

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Voters approve park bond, narrow contenders for November election

August 6, 2013

NEW — 9:10 p.m. Aug. 6, 2013

King County voters approved the park bond by a large margin and narrowed the field for the general election this November.

Votes will still be counted until the Aug. 20 certification, but as of the night of Aug. 6, the park bond passed with 68.9 percent of the vote.

For the owner of a $600,000 home, it will bring a tax increase from $79.86 per year to $112.62 per year, a 41 percent change. The levy will raise $60.7 million in 2014 which will be used for open space preservation, trail building and park improvements. Read more

Dulcich will run for re-election

April 23, 2013

NEW — 11:20 a.m. April 23, 2013

Councilman John Dulcich announced that he will file for re-election this spring.

Dulcich began serving on the City Council when the city incorporated in 1994. He retired from his post in 2007. After a few years away from local government, Dulcich was elected to the council in 2009. He served as the mayor for two terms from 2002 to 2005 and again from 2010 to 2011.

He currently occupies position No. 7 on the council. His current term is set to expire at the end of the year.

Election Day is Nov. 5. The deadline for candidates to file for election is May 17.

Learn more about the upcoming election in the May edition of the Newcastle News.

John Drescher announces candidacy for City Council

April 23, 2013

NEW — 11:20 a.m. April 23, 2013

Newcastle resident John Drescher announced that he will run for a City Council position in the upcoming election.

Drescher was appointed to the Newcastle Planning Commission in 2010 and currently serves as the advisory board’s chairman.

“At the urging of friends and family, and because I care deeply about helping to make Newcastle a great place to live and raise a family, I have decided to run for the Newcastle City Council this year,” he said in a statement.

Drescher will file for position No. 6 on the council, which is currently occupied by Councilman Bill Erxleben. In the April Newcastle News, Erxleben announced that he will not file for re-election.

Election Day is Nov. 5. The deadline for candidates to file for election is May 17.

Learn more about the upcoming election in the May edition of the Newcastle News.

Mark Greene announces candidacy for City Council

April 15, 2013

NEW — 4:50 p.m. April 15, 2013 

Newcastle resident Mark Greene announced that he will run for a City Council position in the upcoming election.

“The importance of keeping our unique stature as a city is a major reason of why I decided to run, though not the only,” he said in a statement. “If elected to the council this year, I will focus on infrastructure, safety and environmental issues.”

Greene will file for position No. 6 on the council, which is currently occupied by Councilman Bill Erxleben. In the April Newcastle News, Erxleben announced that he will not file for re-election.

Election Day is Nov. 5. The deadline for candidates to file for election is May 17.

Learn more about the upcoming election in the May edition of the Newcastle News.

Crispo will run for re-election

April 11, 2013

NEW — 12:50 p.m. April 11, 2013

Mayor Rich Crispo announced that he will file for re-election this spring, when he addressed the audience at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s April 10 luncheon.

“I am going to run again,” he said. “I really like the people in the city, I really do. I’m involved in a lot of stuff and I meet a lot of folks and I just love it.”

Crispo was elected to the Newcastle City Council in 2009. He became the mayor in 2012.

He currently occupies Position No. 5 on the council. His current term is set to expire at the end of the year.

Election Day is Nov. 5. The deadline for candidates to file for election is May 17.

Learn more about the upcoming election in the May edition of the Newcastle News.

Voters to decide dollars for juvenile justice center

July 23, 2012

NEW — 3:20 p.m. July 23, 2012

King County voters could decide next month to increase the property tax rate in order to prepare the criminal justice system for the decades ahead.

The ballot measure Proposition 1 asks voters to approve a $200 million property tax levy to fund a replacement for the aging Youth Services Center, a juvenile detention facility in Seattle.

“We have a fairly good court system. We have a good prosecution office. We have good sheriff’s deputies. But this facility is the leak in the pipeline,” King County Councilman Reagan Dunn said in a July 13 interview. “For criminal justice to work effectively — especially with the increase in crime we’re seeing right now — all aspects of that pipeline need to be operating effectively.”

Dunn is Newcastle’s representative on the council.

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Deadline approaches to register to vote in August primary

July 5, 2012

NEW — 1:30 p.m. July 5, 2012

The summer campaign season is close at hand, and July 9 is the deadline to register to vote or update registration information for the Aug. 7 primary election.

Voters can check to make sure if registration information is current by using My Voter Guide, by calling the Voter Hotline at 206-296-VOTE or by visiting King County Elections weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 919 S.W. Grady Way, Renton.

“We’ll be mailing ballots for the primary election soon, so it’s very important that voters’ names, addresses and signatures are current,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement. “If you’ve moved or changed your name recently, you need to update your voter registration.”

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