Two seats unopposed, three in play for Kirkland City Council elections in November

vote-election-2013 Well, it looks like Kirkland will have three races this November for the honor of serving on the Kirkland City Council. A total of eight candidates are on the ballot, but two incumbents are unchallenged. After a last minute rush to file at the county offices, a mix of familiar faces and newcomers will be vying for our attention, our money and our vote. The two incumbents unopposed in the November elections are Penny Sweet and Amy Walen.

Candidates for Kirkland City Council:

Position 1 Jay Arnold - Martin Morgan

Position 2  Shelly Kloba - Dave McDonald

Position 3  Penny Sweet - unopposed

Position 5  Amy Walen - unopposed

Position 7  Doreen Marchione - Bill Henkens

(Incumbents are in bold.)

Th 2013 election season is shaping up to be a relatively quite on for Kirkland. Unlike recent election cycles, we will not have a primary in August since none of the positions has more than two candidates.

We have an open seat, position 1, with two challengers, Jay Arnold and Martin Morgan. The seat is currently held by Mayor Joan McBride who is not running for re-elction after serving Kirkland on the council for four terms.

We have position 2, which was filled by council selection of Shelly Kloba last month following the departure of Bob Sternoff. Kloba, a newcomer in election politics, will be challenged by another newcomer Dave McDonald.

We also have two incumbents who are running unopposed -- Sweet and Walen.

What does this all mean? Less campaigning. Less rancor (hopefully)... And fewer choices.

Congratulations to all of the candidates for choosing to run for office. Running for elected office is neither a simple decision to make, nor an easy road to travel.