Two Redmond city council races will be contested: Flynn vs. Wright and Stewart vs. Carson

There will be five city races on the ballot this fall, but only two of them will be contested.

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  • Monday, June 13, 2011 3:22pm
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Redmond Mayor John Marchione

Redmond Mayor John Marchione

There will be five city races on the ballot this fall, but only two of them will be contested.

Candidates had until last Friday to file with King County elections with plans to run for offices on the upcoming ballot.

City of Redmond planning commissioner Tom Flynn and Joel Wright, a Microsoft accountant, filed for City Council Pos. 5, currently held by Council President Richard Cole who plans to retire at the end of this term.

There will be another contested city council race as Redmond resident Sue Stewart filed to run against incumbent David Carson for Pos. 7.

The three other city races for mayor, city council Pos. 1 and 3 will all be uncontested

.John Marchione, who began his first term as mayor in 2008, announced his re-election plans in April and filed with the county early last week.

Incumbent city council members Hank Myers (Pos. 1) and Hank Margeson (Pos. 3) have also filed for re-election and will not be challenged.

At the county level, Metropolitan King County councilwoman Jane Hague, who announced her re-election in April, also officially filed as have her three challengers, Richard Mitchell, Patsy Bonincontri and John Creighton. Hague represents District 6, which includes parts of Redmond.

Mitchell, a Mercer Island resident, is a King County Housing Authority Commissioner and Creighton of Kirkland was elected to the Seattle Port Commission in 2005. Bonincontri is an architect with her own practice and a former Bellevue City Council member.

There are three seats up for election for the Lake Washington School District board of directors.

Redmond resident Siri Bliesner has filed to run for District No. 5, currently held by Ravi Shahani, who did not file with King County for re-election. District No. 5 includes schools in Redmond.

Jackie Pendergrass, the current board president, has filed for re-election in District No. 1. Pendergrass has a challenger in Kirkland resident Cynthia Hudson, who has three children and wants to help teachers get “appropriate pay and benefits,” according to her website.

District No. 2 director Christopher Carlson has also filed for re-election, but has no opponents yet. Carlson was elected to the school board in November of 2007.

Races with more than two candidates will square off in a primary election on Aug. 16. The top two voter-getters will move on to the Nov. 8 general election.

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