The Edmonds City Council is scheduled Tuesday night to select a replacement for the Position 7 seat left vacant with the retirement of Dave Orvis May 31. The council will choose from among 14 candidates who interviewed for the open seat last week (a total of 17 people submitted applications, but three withdrew before the interviews were conducted).
While rumors have been circulating that the seat has already been promised to one of the candidates, Councilmember Strom Peterson said that is not the case. Peterson said the questions he asked of applicant Richard Senderoff during the interview process last week — which focused on whether the public might be led to believe Senderoff would receive favorable treatment because he was campaign manager for Councilmember Diane Buckshnis — were specifically aimed at ensuring citizens that the council isn’t playing favorites during the selection process.
According to the Public Disclosure Commission, Senderoff contributed $702.50 to Buckshnis during her 2009 council race against Peterson. (Buckshnis lost the election to Peterson, but was appointed in January to fill the seat held by the late Councilmember Peggy Pritchard Olson.) Senderoff also donated $150 to incumbent Michael Plunkett’s campaign in 2007.
Other applicants for Position 7 who have made donations to sitting candidates during the most recent (2009 and 2007) races include Roger Hertrich, who gave $100 to Steve Bernheim in 2007 and $150 to Buckshnis in 2008, and Frank Yamamoto, who donated $200 to Peterson.
After the new councilmember is selected, the Council next will turn its attention to filling the position of mayor. The deadline for turning in applications to replace former Mayor Gary Haakenson, who resigned to become Snohomish County Deputy Executive, is 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The council is scheduled to make that appointment at its July 20 meeting.