Most elected officials will run for current seats

February 26, 2013

By Michele Mihalovich

The first two terms went so well, Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson has decided to run for a third.

Larson announced at the Feb. 25 City Council meeting that serving as mayor has been an “honor and one of the greatest privileges of my life.”

He told the Star after the meeting that there are several reasons he’d like to stay on as mayor: the Weyerhaeuser Mill Site is offering great potential for Snoqualmie, he wants to continue working with King County regarding the Interstate 90/Parkway interchange, he’s interested in tackling the second phase of the YMCA, the downtown revitalization is very exciting and he wants to see it through, and the fact that city attorney Pat Anderson is leaving, and taking with him decades of history and institutional knowledge, would have a negative impact on the city if Larson wasn’t there to help fill in the blanks.

Four other incumbents announced that they too would seek to retain their council seats: Bryan Holloway, Robert Jeans, Maria Henriksen and Kathi Prewitt.

Down the road a piece in North Bend, Councilwoman Jeanne Pettersen said she also would run for re-election this November.

Councilman Alan Gothelf said in an email, “I have made no decisions at this time. I am currently focused on spending time on current issues facing the city.”

Councilman Ross Loudenback did not respond to email or phone requests about whether he would seek re-election.

King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert has already said she will run again for her seat in November.

Two seats with the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District board are up this year, and commissioner Kevin Hauglie said he is “absolutely” running again. Dick Jones did not respond to an email request, but did tell the Star in January that he hadn’t decided whether to run again or not.

Citizens wishing to put their hats in the ring can file between May 14-18. Learn more at

If there are three or more candidates vying for a seat, there will be an Aug. 6 primary, otherwise the candidates will face off in the Nov. 5 general election.


Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at


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