Elections Update: More Candidates File for City, County Positions

All of Redmond's open positions remain officially uncontested as of Tuesday afternoon.

Three additional candidates have officially filed for political office in the City of Redmond, but all four open city council seats are so far uncontested, along with the mayor's office.

Redmond Mayor and City Council member have now officially filed for re-election, as well as planning commissioner , who is vying for outgoing City Council President Richard Cole's position. (Click on the candidates' names to read earlier campaign coverage.)

On Monday, two other incumbent City Council members — David Carson and Hank Margeson — also . The most recent filings mean one candidate has filed for mayor and each of the four council seats that are open this year, and four of the five candidates are incumbents.

All five positions are so far officially uncontested, although Joel L. Wright has filed with the state's public disclosure commission as a candidate for Cole's council seat. 

At the county level, two challengers to Metropolitan King County Councilwoman Jane Hague have filed as candidates.

Hague, a Bellevue resident who has served on Metropolitan King County Council since 1994, the same year it formed. She represents District 6. Hague kicked off her campaign in .

Richard E. Mitchell of Mercer Island and Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton of Kirkland were listed as her challengers on the King County Elections website.

Mitchell is a King County Housing Authority Commissioner, and is an attorney trained in architecture and urban planning, according to his website. Mitchell reported on his Facebook page that he is officially kicking off his campaign at an event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Mercer Island Community Center.

Creighton was elected to the the Seattle Port Commission in 2005 and is a business lawyer who lives in Kirkland.

Former Bellevue city councilwoman Patsy Bonincontri also has expressed interest in running for Hague's seat, but she was not listed as having filed as of noon Tuesday.

Voters will narrow the candidates down to two in a primary election on Aug. 16, 2011. The top two vote-getters will move on to the November general election.

This week is filing week. The deadline to file as a candidate for local offices is 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Check back with Redmond Patch throughout the week for more updates on candidate filing.


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