November Vote Will Help Decide How City Council Responds to Key Community Issues

The Sammamish Chamber of Commerce views the upcoming November election as particularly important. There is no incumbent running in two of the three contested Sammamish City Council races. 

There has been a lot of turmoil recently at City Hall.  The Council has been repeatedly divided over many important issues, including those that impact the business community and our ability to maintain our quality of life.

As a resource for all Sammamish has to offer, the Chamber supports efforts to sustain and enhance the livability and viability of the community, including a business climate that enables small businesses to grow and prosper.  The outcome of the City Council elections will help determine the degree to which the Council supports these essential aspirations.

As part of our efforts to help determine where candidates stand on issues facing the community, we sent a questionnaire to each of the candidates, and will be reporting on the results on Sammamish Now shortly.

We’ve also scheduled a Candidate Forum on October 7th, 7:30 pm, at the Boys & Girls Club, 825 228th Ave. NE.  Sammamish Chamber Board member Alan Finkelstein will serve as moderator for the forum.

Following are the candidates who are running for Sammamish City Council:

Council Position 2

Christie Malchow is the incumbent City Council member, and is the current mayor as chosen by other Council members. She has lived in Sammamish eight years. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas with an MBA from Regis University in Denver, CO.

Karen McKnight is the current President of the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce and has lived in Sammamish for 39 years. She is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and is a real estate broker with Keller Williams Realty.

Council Position 4

Karen Howe is president of, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting conservation and sustainability in the community. She has lived in Sammamish for 25 years and is a graduate of Whitman College.

Kent Treen works with at-risk students at the Bellevue School District and has lived in Sammamish for nine years.  He is a graduate of Calvin College and has a master’s degree in education.  

Council Position 6

Ken Gamblin is publisher at Best Version Media, which publishes Sammamish Neighbors Magazine. He has lived in Sammamish for four years and is a graduate of William Patterson University of New Jersey.

Rituja Indapure is a member of the City of Sammamish Planning Commission and is a manager at Costco.  She has lived in Sammamish for 17 years.  She has a Master of Laws degree (LL.M) in International Commercial Law from the University of Nottingham.

The Sammamish Chamber strongly believes in our democratic tradition and the importance of hearing from all candidates. We look forward to candidates’ response to our written questionnaire and to the opportunity to hear from all the candidates at our Candidate Forum on October 7th.