City Council race update

Well, the deadline to file for a City Council seat has passed.

Here’s today’s update on all the council filing action:

In the North Ward race, Falk Road resident Melanie Keenan filed to run against incumbent Debbie Vancil and Bob Scales, a former councilman and mayoral candidate. Keenen is known to City Hall-watchers for a spirited fight against a city attempt to remove goats from her property.

The Central Ward race became the island’s most crowded as Dee Dumont, Debbi Lester and Virginia Paul filed today. They join former city councilwoman Debbie Vann, who filed on Thursday. Incumbent Kjell Stokness declined to seek reelection.

DuMont, a Grow Avenue resident, is a seamstress and Winslow business owner. She wants to curb city pending and streamline permitting processes.

Lester, an Ihland Way resident and daughter-in-law of Debbie Vancil, is a community activist and arts magazine publisher. She has been active in park preservation, ferry passenger service issues and the establishment of community gardens.

Paul, a Lovell Avenue resident, could not be reached for comment. She has spoken out recently about expected high utility fees related to Winslow Way upgrades.

Councilman Chris Snow announced he would not seek reelection representing the South Ward. That leaves the race to Kirsten Hytopoulos, Tim Jacobsen and Curt Winston.

3 thoughts on “City Council race update

  1. But what’s the question John: big spenders? Special agenda/special interests? Are they insiders? Yes? Perhaps.

  2. Am I glad they had the backbones to step up to the plate? Yes. Are they good decent people? Yes. Do I hope they win their respective races? Yes.

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