City of Issaquah, Council Position No. 5 Candidates
Education: B.S. Geology, Slippery Rock University; B.S. Computer Science, Oregon State University
Occupation: Software Developer and Volunteer
I am running for city council because I believe that we must be the change we want to see happen. Public services are an investment into ourselves and our community and I know that we can do better here in Issaquah.
To conserve our community health, we must focus on expanding sustainable practices and, more importantly, implementing regenerative practices and permaculture principles on a city-wide scale. Protecting our natural environment and preserving biodiversity are essential to human well-being. Together, we can address the issues of social equity, living wages, reinforcing worker’s rights, bolstering tenants’ rights, police reform, and improving access to public transportation.
Issaquah deserves leadership who will not only consider the needs of today, but also the future needs of our children several generations from now. We need someone who makes data-driven decisions and writes evidence-based policy. It would be my honor to serve our community as a councilmember.
Education: University of Colorado Boulder, J.D., Northwestern University, B.A., Economics and Political Science
Occupation: Municipal Relationship Manager with Republic Services
I will bring a wide range of experience to Issaquah. Having previously served on the Issaquah City Council for eight years, I am familiar with the demands of the job and your high expectations. I have witnessed many changes since moving here 26 years ago. I will capitalize on the gains made and continue to work to address our traffic and growth while preserving our forested hills and clear streams.
It has been my honor to serve cities as a prosecutor, volunteer, and non-profit board member. Currently, I help solve municipal issues in cooperation with city councils and staff in King and Snohomish County. Let me bring this high level of customer service to you. Please vote for Russell Joe.
Endorsed by: 5th District House Representative Bill Ramos, Fred Butler, Former Issaquah Mayor, Barbara de Michele, Issaquah City Council, Jeff Wagner, Covington Mayor, and Wendy Weiker, Mercer Island City Council.
Education: AA Bellevue College
Occupation: Vice President, Voiss Construction
I am a 15-year resident of Issaquah and vice president of my family's Issaquah business. Our city has so much to offer and goodness to build upon. Working together we can realize even more of Issaquah's tremendous potential.
As I've learned over the years, first with my company and currently while serving on the Issaquah Planning Policy Commission, thoughtful short-term and long-term planning is crucial for creating the vibrant, livable, and sustainable city we all desire.
I also currently serve on Issaquah's COVID Recovery Task Force, created by Mayor Pauly, helping to formulate the city's response to the pandemic with community input. It has been deeply rewarding to listen to and work with the community as we navigate this crisis to brighter days ahead. I look forward to continuing that collaboration, and serving as your next city council member!