There are a couple great articles from the Enterprise today highlighting the Mountlake Terrace City Council elections.
The first is a questionnaire they sent to each of the candidates. The questionnaire contained four questions:
- How will you foster and deepen regional, city, and community communications?
- How do you propose to maintain a balanced budget without forcing your constituents to carry the burden?
- How do you propose to broaden and manage the city’s business environment?
- What main issue will you delve into during the first 90 days you are in office? Why that issue?
Update 10/22: Apparently Jasmin did send in the questionnaire but for some reason it didn’t end up being printed.
The second article is titled “Terrace election remains mysterious” and is about the race for position 2 between Mayor Jerry Smith and John Zambrano (see our previous post for details). Zambrano wrote a letter to the Enterprise a week ago trying to dispel rumors that he wanted to become mayor. This article is a response to that letter. Here’s a couple excerpts:
That leads me to ask this: If Zambrano doesn’t want to be mayor, and he doesn’t want Smith, whom does he want? He didn’t answer when I asked him a few days ago.
Zambrano also avoided responding to another rumor: that Smith was, for some reason, allowing Zambrano to win in exchange for Zambrano’s supporting Smith to fill the last two years of Zambrano’s current term.
Zambrano has two years left on his current term, so if he wins, he’ll get a new four-year term, and Zambrano and the rest of the council would pick someone to fill the remainder of Zambrano’s current term.
The conspiracy speculation has been fueled by Smith’s refusal to respond to campaign inquiries. He didn’t respond to the questionnaire that the Enterprise sent to all candidates, nor did he respond to a reporter who was writing about the campaign for the Herald. I have sent him dozens of e-mails and a few telephone messages.
Read the rest at the Enterprise.
Some of these outstanding questions may be answered at tomorrow night’s City Council candidates forum, but I’m not getting my hopes up.
Anyone else have any thoughts on position 2? Have you already decided who you’ll be voting for?