Voters weigh in on city, school, hospital district elections

November 13, 2013

Matt Larson has been re-elected Mayor of Snoqualmie and Heather Munden will be the new Snoqualmie City Council member. Both Larson and Munden have commanding leads in the ballots that have been counted so far in the Nov. 5 general election.

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Four school board candidates enter race, but only two will stay

May 29, 2013

Four candidates are vying for one Snoqualmie Valley School District board seat, and the four have very different ideas about what they would do if they win the District 4 race.

Two of the candidates are incumbents, kind of.

Scott Hodgins, the current board president, is the sitting member of District 4. However, when the school board redrew its boundaries in May 2011, Marci Busby, also a current board member, was moved into District 4.


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Snoqualmie Councilwoman Maria Henriksen drops out of race

May 8, 2013


Decision creates open council seat

Snoqualmie City Councilwoman Maria Henriksen, who said in February that she would seek re-election to her Position 5 seat, announced May 6 that she was dropping out of the race.

“I recently learned of some unexpected circumstances that have caused me to change my plans to run for re-election in the fall,” she wrote in an email. “Some new commitments will make it difficult for me to serve another four years, so I have decided to leave the council in December at the end of my term.”

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Tavish MacLean declares candidacy for school board

May 8, 2013

Tavish MacLean, of Snoqualmie, announced May 2 that he is running for the open District 1 seat of the Snoqualmie Valley School District board.

MacLean, a director of product management at T-Mobile, said in a press release that he has deep experience in budget management, strategic plan development and driving consensus across business functions throughout his career.

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Stephen Kangas announces his run for school board seat

May 8, 2013

Stephen Kangas, of North Bend, has announced that he will be running for the Snoqualmie Valley School District’s No. 4 seat.

Scott Hodgins and Marci Busby currently hold the seats in District No. 4. They have not made a formal announcement on whether or not they will run for re-election.

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King County Council places parks levy on August ballot

May 8, 2013

Snoqualmie Valley voters will weigh in on a proposal to raise property taxes to fund county parks in August.

By a 7-2 vote, the King County Council decided April 29 to send the measure to voters. Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, who represents the Valley on the council, voted against the measure along with Councilman Reagan Dunn.

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Campaign season starts as candidates file for November election

May 23, 2012

The ballot voters receive in the mailbox by late July is all but certain to contain some familiar names, as elected officials campaign for higher offices and other candidates try another run for elected office.

The period for candidates to enter races up for election on the August and November ballots ended May 18 in a buzz of activity.

Local voters face choices in countywide, legislative, statewide and federal offices. Read more

Glenn Anderson is running for lieutenant governor, won’t seek re-election to Legislature

December 28, 2011

Rep. Glenn Anderson is running for Washington state’s lieutenant governor office in 2012. He said Wednesday that he will make a formal announcement in early January.

He also said that he will not run for re-election to a seventh consecutive term as a state representative. Since 2000, he has represented the 5th Legislative District, which includes Snoqualmie Valley.

At least four candidates will by vying for the seat — Anderson, the incumbent Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, former state Sen. Bill Finkbeiner and an independent candidate, Mark Greene. All have filed with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission.

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Washington voters turn liquor business over to private retailers

November 9, 2011

UPDATED — 5:10 p.m. Nov. 9, 2011

Costco has succeeded in replacing the state with private retailers in the liquor business in Washington state. Voters passed Initiative 1183 with nearly 60 percent of early returns.

Costco and other supporters of I-1183 put more than $22 million into the campaign for the initiative.

If early returns hold up, private retailers will take over liquor sales in Washington next June. The outlets selling liquor will increase from 328 to 1,428, including three possible locations in the upper Snoqualmie Valley, according to the state budgeting office.

At the same time, more than 900 state employees, including those working at the state-run liquor store in North Bend, will lose their jobs.

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Incumbents, parks district propositions lead in early election results

November 8, 2011

Incumbents on Snoqualmie City Council and King County Fire Protection District No. 38 led in early returns on Tuesday.

In Snoqualmie, Councilman Jeff Nichols had staked a large lead with 71 percent of votes counted to challenger Kevin Ostrem’s 29 percent. However, less than 30 percent of potential votes have been counted, and election officials estimate turnout as high as 52 percent.

Councilman Kingston Wall led challenger Terry Sorenson with 53.3 percent of votes counted so far.

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