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

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

Mayor Steve Buri will not seek re-election

May 11, 2015

NEW — 11 a.m. May 11, 2015

File Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri (right), seen here giving David Harris the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Mayor’s Award at the 2014 Diamond Awards, will give his State of the City speech Feb. 11.

Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri (right), seen here giving David Harris the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Mayor’s Award at the 2014 Diamond Awards, announced he will not seek re-election.

Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri announced today that he will not seek re-election.  Read more

Issaquah schools levies pass handily

March 5, 2014

Three Issaquah School District levy proposals passed with flying colors, according to elections results.

Issaquah’s three measures were way above the 50-percent mark needed for approval.

The district’s four-year, $198 million maintenance and operations levy passed with 69 percent approval. The measure, labeled as renewal of the current M&O levy, pays for teacher salaries and classroom-related costs not covered by the state.

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Issaquah School District voters approve $219 million bond

May 3, 2012

Issaquah School District voters overwhelmingly approved a $219 million bond to fund construction and renovation projects on campuses across the district.

In the April 17 special election, 70 percent of voters — encompassing more than 15,000 yes votes of out more than 22,000 ballots cast — approved the measure. (The measure needed to receive a 60 percent yes vote from a minimum turnout of 12,229 voters.)

Despite the passage of the bond, local homeowners will pay less in property taxes to the schools than they do now because a previous bond issue is set to expire this year.

The retirement of the earlier bond will drop the local tax rate from $4.85 per $1,000 of assessed property value to $4.05. Passage of the new bond puts the rate at $4.42.

Compared to present rates, a homeowner with a home valued at $500,000, property taxes will drop by $215 annually, said Jake Kuper, district chief of finance and operations.

King County Elections is scheduled to certify the election results April 27.

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King County mails ballots for April 17 election

March 28, 2012

NEW — 3:25 p.m. March 28, 2012

Ballots should start to appear in Issaquah and Renton school district voters’ mailboxes in the days ahead.

The Issaquah electorate faces a choice on a $219 million school construction bond in the April 17 election. (The school district stretches from Preston to Newcastle, and from Sammamish to Renton.)

Voters in the Renton district will cast ballots for the second time this year on a $97 million school construction bond that would finance a new middle school in Newcastle, among other projects.

Issaquah School District officials opted not to pay to include a voters’ pamphlet alongside ballots.

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Gordon Bisset wins only contested City Council seat

December 1, 2011

Former councilman nets 72 percent of votes cast to beat Frank Irigon

Gordon Bisset

Frank Irigon

Gordon Bisset won the 2012 general election over challenger Frank Irigon for the Newcastle City Council’s only contested race this year.

With about 72 percent or 1,965 votes, Bisset will take on the council’s fourth position. Irigon earned about 28 percent of the vote, or 752 ballots cast.

“I’m very pleased with the results,” Bisset said. “I’d like to thank the voters of Newcastle and will be getting ready to carry out my campaign themes.”

About 51 percent of Newcastle’s registered voters cast a ballot in the election.

Bisset served a four-year term on the council from 2002-05 and has lived in the Hazelwood neighborhood for 41 years.

Irigon has lived in the Rainier Crest neighborhood for 25 years. This is the first time he has run for the City Council position.

Bisset said he would continue to attend meetings to stay current on issues, especially when it comes to the city’s 2012 budget discussions.

He will replace longtime Councilman Sonny Putter, who has continuously served on the council since 1994.

Incumbent councilwomen Lisa Jensen and Carol Simpson and incumbent Deputy Mayor Steve Buri were re-elected for their respective positions after they ran unopposed in the election.

Clibborn appears to be headed for re-election

November 3, 2010

NEW — 10:55 a.m. Nov. 3, 2010

Incumbent Democrat state representative Judy Clibborn — who represents the 41st Legislative District, which includes Newcastle — trounced novice Republican candidate Stephen Strader 57 percent to 43 percent in initial election results released Tuesday night.

The race for the other 41st District House seat remained tighter on Election Day. Incumbent Democrat Marcie Maxwell pulled in 51.1 percent to 48.8 percent for Republican Peter Dunbar, a Mercer Island physician.

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