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Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Congratulations, Tanika Padhye, and welcome to the Redmond City Council

Yes­ter­day evening, at its March 7th busi­ness meet­ing, the Red­mond City Coun­cil select­ed Tani­ka Pad­hye to fill the vacan­cy cre­at­ed by the Jan­u­ary res­ig­na­tion of NPI Advi­so­ry Coun­cil mem­ber Kim Allen, who stepped down due to hav­ing an increas­ing­ly trav­el-cen­tric work sched­ule.

Pad­hye, forty-three, was pre­vi­ous­ly a mem­ber of the city’s Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and has served more recent­ly on the Parks and Trails Com­mis­sion. She holds degrees in law from North­east­ern Uni­ver­si­ty and psy­chol­o­gy from Texas A&M.

In the mid-2000s, Pad­hye worked for the city of Seat­tle as a civ­il rights inves­ti­ga­tor and for K&L Gates as a staff attor­ney.

“I feel strong­ly about con­nect­ing with Red­mond res­i­dents because it cre­ates a health­i­er gov­ern­ment that is a reflec­tion of the peo­ple it rep­re­sents,” said Pad­hye in a news release pub­lished by the city.

“I have com­plete con­fi­dence in Coun­cilmem­ber Padhye’s abil­i­ty to serve the peo­ple of Red­mond, and I look for­ward to work­ing with her as a new Coun­cil col­league. Her years as a res­i­dent of Red­mond and expe­ri­ences as a Com­mis­sion­er on the Plan­ning and most recent­ly the Parks and Trails Com­mis­sions have pre­pared her for this role,” said Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Hank Marge­son.

The Coun­cil select­ed Pad­hye from among three final­ists. There were thir­teen appli­cants for the posi­tion fol­low­ing Allen’s notice of res­ig­na­tion.

Pad­hye will serve through Novem­ber at least, and longer if she runs for and wins a full four year term. The posi­tion she’s been appoint­ed to is nor­mal­ly open in local elec­tion years that fol­low a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion year — like 2017.

Posi­tions #2 and #6, cur­rent­ly held by Coun­cilmem­bers Byron Shutz and John Stilin, will also be sub­ject to elec­tion this year.

The City has yet to update its Coun­cil ros­ter page with Pad­hye’s offi­cial con­tact infor­ma­tion, biog­ra­phy, or por­trait — and we hope that can be done no soon­er than the close of busi­ness tomor­row.

Con­grat­u­la­tions, Coun­cilmem­ber Pad­hye, and best wish­es in your new role.

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