Daily Archives: June 5, 2009

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.

DuMont files to run against Vann in Central Ward council race

Grow Avenue resident Dee DuMont filed to run against former councilwoman Debbie Vann for the City Council’s Central Ward position.

Incumbent Kjell Stoknes announced this week he will not seek reelection.

A seamstress for over 40 years, DuMont co-owns Winslow-based Doozie Design Services. DuMont is the former owner of a Winslow antique and gift shop.

She is a graduate of Michigan State University and has taught in Puget Sound community colleges.

More information on DuMont to come.

Also filing today were Mike Spence for the school board’s position 2, Jay C. Kinney and Bob Selzler for position 4 of the park board, and Glen Tyrrell for position 5 of the fire commission.

Today is the last day to file for local elections. Final filing results will be posted by the county auditor’s office at 5:15 p.m.

Councilman Snow will not seek reelection

City Councilman announced yesterday that he will not seek reelection to his South Ward position.

His decision puts the South Ward race spotlight the South Ward on the three candidates who filed this week: Kirsten Hytopoulos, Tim Jacobsen and Curt Winston.

When discussing his reelection prospects late last month, Snow said he may not run, in part, because of the council’s divisiveness.