Candidate filing for the November election is next week, with both the Kirkland City Council and Lake Washington School Board primed for a shake up.
Filing week will be from May 13-17, but some citizens have already announced that they will, or won’t, be running.
On the council, Positions 2 (currently held by Tom Neir), 4 (Toby Nixon) and 6 (Dave Asher) will be up for election for four-year terms, while Position 5 (formerly held by Amy Walen, and now Kelli Curtis) will be a two-year term, expiring in 2021.
Neir already said that he will not seek re-election in 2019, due to growing demands from his business, and Asher is retiring. He is endorsing Amy Falcone, human services commissioner and Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance board member, for his seat.
The Public Disclosure Commission showed four candidates had registered for the 2019 council elections as of May 7. This included Nixon who is running for re-election. He had received around $700 in contributions at the time of publication.
Houghton Community Council member Neal Black has also filed to run in the City Council election for Pos. 5. Black had received more than $13,000 in contributions, largely from individual donors.
Curtis is running for Pos. 2. Curtis has received $18,650 in cash contributions, also largely from individual donors. She is currently serving as the Pos. 5 council member after being appointed earlier this year to fill in for Walen, who left after being elected to the state Legislature.
Falcone will be running for the Pos. 6 seat this year too. Falcone has raised more than $7,200 in contributions, again, mostly from small donors.
For the Lake Washington School District, Siri Bliesner has filed to run for the office of school director as has incumbent Eric Laliberte.
See www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/for-candidates.aspx for more on candidate filing.