City Council Candidate Resources

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This page includes resources and information for candidates who have filed for election to the Sammamish City Council or for any residents interested in learning more about the election.

The Sammamish City Council consists of seven residents who are elected to four-year terms by the community. Elections are "at-large," meaning councilmembers represent the population of the whole city, rather than individual electoral districts. There are four City Council seats on the ballot in 2021 for terms beginning in 2022.

Questions? Council candidates may submit questions at the bottom of this page. Responses will be posted on the right-hand side of this page (bottom of page for mobile browsers) so that all candidates have access to the same information. For all other inquiries, please email Mike Sugg, Sr. Management Analyst, at msugg@sammamish.us.


Candidates

Information about candidates and ballot measures is located on the King County Elections website.


Campaign Signage

All signs placed within Sammamish City limits, including campaign signs, are regulated by Sammamish Municipal Code (SMC) Chapter 21A.45 (and Chapter 21B.45 for the Town Center). Please read these regulations carefully before placing any signs in the community. Campaign staff and volunteers are responsible for knowing where signs can and cannot be located.

Typical campaign signs fall under the "noncommercial temporary sign" category in the SMC. Please see this Guide to Non-Commercial Temporary Signs for a summary of the regulations.

Size

The type of sign and its location will determine the allowable size. Please see the guide linked above for more information.

Placement

In general, non-commercial temporary signs:

  1. May not be placed in the following locations:
    • Sidewalks
    • Center medians
    • Vehicle travel lanes
    • Traffic circles or islands
    • Roundabouts & areas on the outside edge of a roundabout
    • Attached to traffic control signs
    • Attached to utility or signal poles
    • Planting strips adjacent to City-owned land
  2. May not be illuminated.
  3. May not be placed in a way that negatively affects the health of trees, shrubs, or other landscaping.
  4. On roads with no sidewalk, non-commercial temporary signs may not be placed so that any part of the sign extends over the asphalt.

Duration

Non-commercial temporary signs, except A-frame signs placed in City right-of-way, may be posted for a maximum of 180 days per calendar year. Sign and property owners are responsible for removing their signs after they have been posted for the maximum allowed duration. Please see the guide linked above for more information.

Violations

The City is authorized to remove any signs placed in violation of the sign code regulations. Enforcement of the regulations is described in SMC 21A.45.100 and SMC 21B.45.170.

If you notice that your signs were removed from City Property or Rights-of-Way, please email Code Compliance at codecompliance@sammamish.us. Staff will tell you how many signs the City impounded and send you a form to complete. Once you have submitted the form, staff will schedule a time for you to collect your political signs at City Hall.

  • The City will charge an impound fee of $25 per sign returned, pursuant to SMC 23.100.010.
  • The City will store campaign signs until seven days after the election, following which the City will dispose of the signs, pursuant to SMC 21A.45.100 & SMC 21B.45.170.
  • The City will not contact the campaign when removing signs. The campaign must contact the City.

Reporting Violations

Residents who see improperly placed signage may report it to the City by completing the Code Violation Form found on the City's website.


Sammamish Form of Government

The City of Sammamish is organized under the "Council-Manager" form of government as opposed to the "Mayor-Council" form.

Under the Council-Manager form, the elected city council is responsible for policymaking. They establish goals and policies, approve a budget and tax rate, adopt local laws (ordinances), and supervise the City Manager's performance.

The council hires a professional city manager who is responsible for administration. The city manager carries out the council's direction, serves as the council's chief advisor, directs the daily operations of city government, handles personnel functions (including the power to appoint and remove employees) and is responsible for preparing the budget.

Under the council-manager statutes, the city council is prohibited from interfering with the manager's administration. The city manager, however, is directly accountable to and can be removed by a majority vote of the council.

The council-manager form is based on the model of a business with a board of directors that appoints a chief executive officer. Another familiar public example is the school board-superintendent relationship.

In council-manager cities, the council appoints a ceremonial mayor to chair the council meetings and who is recognized as the head of the city for ceremonial purposes but has no regular administrative duties. The council also appoints a deputy mayor to serve in the mayor's absence.

For more information on forms of government, please see this article from MRSC.


Where can candidates learn more about the City?

There are many resources available for candidates looking for information about the City, including:


Council Candidate Finance Overview Meeting - July 20, 2021

On July 20, 2021, City staff invited all City Council Candidates to participate in a meeting to learn more about the City’s finances and to ask questions of the City's Assistant City Manager & Finance Director, Aaron Antin. The first half of the meeting started with a brief presentation by Mr. Antin and the remainder allowed time for questions from candidates. Included below is a link to the meeting video and follow-up information requested during the meeting.

Resources

Note: One question that was not addressed during the meeting (regarding the Admin & Human Services budgets) is answered in the "Questions & Answers" box.

This page includes resources and information for candidates who have filed for election to the Sammamish City Council or for any residents interested in learning more about the election.

The Sammamish City Council consists of seven residents who are elected to four-year terms by the community. Elections are "at-large," meaning councilmembers represent the population of the whole city, rather than individual electoral districts. There are four City Council seats on the ballot in 2021 for terms beginning in 2022.

Questions? Council candidates may submit questions at the bottom of this page. Responses will be posted on the right-hand side of this page (bottom of page for mobile browsers) so that all candidates have access to the same information. For all other inquiries, please email Mike Sugg, Sr. Management Analyst, at msugg@sammamish.us.


Candidates

Information about candidates and ballot measures is located on the King County Elections website.


Campaign Signage

All signs placed within Sammamish City limits, including campaign signs, are regulated by Sammamish Municipal Code (SMC) Chapter 21A.45 (and Chapter 21B.45 for the Town Center). Please read these regulations carefully before placing any signs in the community. Campaign staff and volunteers are responsible for knowing where signs can and cannot be located.

Typical campaign signs fall under the "noncommercial temporary sign" category in the SMC. Please see this Guide to Non-Commercial Temporary Signs for a summary of the regulations.

Size

The type of sign and its location will determine the allowable size. Please see the guide linked above for more information.

Placement

In general, non-commercial temporary signs:

  1. May not be placed in the following locations:
    • Sidewalks
    • Center medians
    • Vehicle travel lanes
    • Traffic circles or islands
    • Roundabouts & areas on the outside edge of a roundabout
    • Attached to traffic control signs
    • Attached to utility or signal poles
    • Planting strips adjacent to City-owned land
  2. May not be illuminated.
  3. May not be placed in a way that negatively affects the health of trees, shrubs, or other landscaping.
  4. On roads with no sidewalk, non-commercial temporary signs may not be placed so that any part of the sign extends over the asphalt.

Duration

Non-commercial temporary signs, except A-frame signs placed in City right-of-way, may be posted for a maximum of 180 days per calendar year. Sign and property owners are responsible for removing their signs after they have been posted for the maximum allowed duration. Please see the guide linked above for more information.

Violations

The City is authorized to remove any signs placed in violation of the sign code regulations. Enforcement of the regulations is described in SMC 21A.45.100 and SMC 21B.45.170.

If you notice that your signs were removed from City Property or Rights-of-Way, please email Code Compliance at codecompliance@sammamish.us. Staff will tell you how many signs the City impounded and send you a form to complete. Once you have submitted the form, staff will schedule a time for you to collect your political signs at City Hall.

  • The City will charge an impound fee of $25 per sign returned, pursuant to SMC 23.100.010.
  • The City will store campaign signs until seven days after the election, following which the City will dispose of the signs, pursuant to SMC 21A.45.100 & SMC 21B.45.170.
  • The City will not contact the campaign when removing signs. The campaign must contact the City.

Reporting Violations

Residents who see improperly placed signage may report it to the City by completing the Code Violation Form found on the City's website.


Sammamish Form of Government

The City of Sammamish is organized under the "Council-Manager" form of government as opposed to the "Mayor-Council" form.

Under the Council-Manager form, the elected city council is responsible for policymaking. They establish goals and policies, approve a budget and tax rate, adopt local laws (ordinances), and supervise the City Manager's performance.

The council hires a professional city manager who is responsible for administration. The city manager carries out the council's direction, serves as the council's chief advisor, directs the daily operations of city government, handles personnel functions (including the power to appoint and remove employees) and is responsible for preparing the budget.

Under the council-manager statutes, the city council is prohibited from interfering with the manager's administration. The city manager, however, is directly accountable to and can be removed by a majority vote of the council.

The council-manager form is based on the model of a business with a board of directors that appoints a chief executive officer. Another familiar public example is the school board-superintendent relationship.

In council-manager cities, the council appoints a ceremonial mayor to chair the council meetings and who is recognized as the head of the city for ceremonial purposes but has no regular administrative duties. The council also appoints a deputy mayor to serve in the mayor's absence.

For more information on forms of government, please see this article from MRSC.


Where can candidates learn more about the City?

There are many resources available for candidates looking for information about the City, including:


Council Candidate Finance Overview Meeting - July 20, 2021

On July 20, 2021, City staff invited all City Council Candidates to participate in a meeting to learn more about the City’s finances and to ask questions of the City's Assistant City Manager & Finance Director, Aaron Antin. The first half of the meeting started with a brief presentation by Mr. Antin and the remainder allowed time for questions from candidates. Included below is a link to the meeting video and follow-up information requested during the meeting.

Resources

Note: One question that was not addressed during the meeting (regarding the Admin & Human Services budgets) is answered in the "Questions & Answers" box.

Candidate Questions

Candidates who have questions for City staff are welcome to submit them below. All questions and responses will be posted publicly on the right-hand side of this page.

Members of the general public should not use this form and instead email their questions to Mike Sugg, Sr. Management Analyst, at msugg@sammamish.us 


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