Sammamish Candidate Forum!

Sammamish Friends is partnering with Plateaupians for Peace and the Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter to host a Forum for City Council Candidates on Monday, September 25th!

The Forum will be held in Council Chambers at Sammamish City Hall, from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.

The last 30 minutes of the Forum will provide a chance for the candidates to answer audience submitted questions. If you’d like to submit a question, please plan to arrive a few minutes early – audience questions must be submitted by the start of the Forum at 6pm.

If you can’t make it in person:

The Plateaupians will be livestreaming the event on their Facebook page.

The City of Sammamish will also upload a full recording of the event by September 30th.

Ballots for the election will be sent out October 18th.

Responses from City Council Candidates (updated for the general election!)

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or click here for a .pdf version.


Candidate Scorecards

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(Click on a candidate’s name to see their full response)

Mark Baughman Jason Ritchie

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Karen Howe Karen Moran

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Rituja Indapure Chris Ross

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John Robinson Pam Stuart

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Responses are scored on how well they compare to our mission of Protecting Our Environment and Enriching Our Community.


Sammamish Friends is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports other Sammamish volunteer groups and projects focused on protecting and enhancing our environment and enriching our local community.

The goal of this questionnaire is to help the community become better acquainted with all the candidates for Sammamish City Council.  We believe that increasing voter engagement and facilitating interaction between candidates and Sammamish residents has a direct benefit to enriching the vibrant community of our city.

This questionnaire was created with contributions from members of Sammamish Friends and our partner organizations.  We feel the questions we chose directly relate to our respective missions.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Sammamish Friends cannot endorse any candidates for any position.

Our funding sources include the Kids Zone at the 4th on the Plateau, the Kids Mud Run, and private donations.

Position 1 Mark Baughman Jason Ritchie
Position 3 Karen Howe Karen Moran
Position 5 Rituja Indapure Chris Ross
Position 7 John Robinson Pam Stuart