Voters in NPI’s hometown of Redmond are coalescing behind several candidates to be the autumn finalists in the only two council races that attracted multiple candidates, initial Top Two election night results show.
For Redmond City Council #1, the position held by Councilmember Varisha Khan, who decided not to seek another term, the clear frontrunner is Osman Salahuddin, a staff member to King County Councilmember Sarah Perry, who worked extremely hard and garnered a whopping 66.83% of the early vote. That’s more than many incumbents get! It’s certainly a testament to Salahuddin’s work ethic, fundraising prowess, and campaign organization.
“I have been fortunate to call Redmond home for nearly all of my life,” Osman’s campaign website says. “I’ve gone to school in the city, gotten involved with local non-profits, and navigated the growth that the city has undergone in almost three decades. Redmond has provided me countless opportunities to succeed, and I want to give back to the community that has shaped me.”
“Having served as an elected public servant as Student Body President at the University of Washington along with my current role serving residents of District 3 as staff member to King County Councilmember Sarah Perry, I bring my own knowledge and experience that will be invaluable in serving the residents of Redmond. I have seen first-hand just how much impact can be made at the local level and I am passionate about this opportunity to serve the City of Redmond.”
In second place is Nate Niederhausern, who has 17.71% of the vote.
“I am eager to represent you on the Redmond City Council,” he writes on his campaign website. “As a longtime resident for over twenty-five years, I have had the privilege to live and work in our thriving community.”
“Microsoft initially brought me to Redmond, and it became the place I chose to raise my family, with my children attending Horace Mann Elementary, Redmond Middle School, and Redmond High School. My primary focus as a public servant will be to represent you, the people of Redmond, using a commonsense approach to serve on your behalf. I firmly believe in promoting balanced growth that preserves our community’s character while ensuring economic opportunities.”
“I will work to see that we receive better value for the taxes we pay, and I am committed to fostering safe neighborhoods by collaborating with law enforcement and implementing effective strategies to keep us safe.”
In third place is Paul Stepanov, who has 15.1% of the vote.
“I have been a Redmond resident for years as I am raising my family here and my kids go to school in Redmond,” his website says.
“I am an immigrant from the former Soviet Union and I have lived in America for almost three decades knowing that we live in one of the best places on Earth, yet we do have some issues to work on together.”
“As your City Council member, I want to bring more accountability and transparency to the city governance. At the same time I want to ensure that we all live in a safe, prosperous and clean city. I will work with all city agencies equally and respectfully. I am a law school graduate and also a small business owner, and I am ready to bring my education and experience to the City Council.”
Niederhausern probably has the best chance of getting the second place spot in this race, but his lead over Stepanov isn’t robust enough for us to project with confidence what’s going to happen. We’ll know more by the end of the week.
Here are the initial results for Position #1:
Nonpartisan | 3,992 votes
Nonpartisan | 1,058 votes
Nonpartisan | 902 votes
For Redmond City Council Position #7, incumbent David Carson looks set to move on, with 40.73% of the early vote. Carson has served multiple terms on the Council and didn’t have a problem securing reelection in 2019.
But this year could be much tougher.
“David is a long-time resident of Redmond as he and his wife Danielle moved to Redmond after college. David has worked in tech since he moved to the area, first in Product Support, then Quality Assurance for Microsoft, Amazon, and Getty Images amongst others, and now works to help business owners with their technology needs as well as launching a bio-tech startup,” his website says.
“David grew up in southern Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. He enjoys cooking, watching baseball, and motorcycle touring. He serves as the Presiding Officer of the Parks and Environmental Sustainability Committee, a member of the King County Emergency Managment Advisory Committee, a member of Redmond’s Disability Board (for first responders), and a board member of the Redmond Police Foundation and the OneRedmond Foundation.”
In second place is Angie Nuevacamina, who also looks likely to move on. She has 37.77% of the vote and trails Carson by just one hundred and seventy-six votes.
“Angie is seeking elected office as she believes that the concept of Nothing About Us Without Us is very relevant,” her website says.
“Redmond is growing in leaps and bounds. The vision is to create a more inclusive, welcoming city that creates a sense of belonging for all. As a single mother who’s identity is a multi-legged intersectionality of communities, she is able to bring a lived experience to City Council that currently does not exist.”
“Angie’s top priorities as an elected official are housing, safe communities for all, and clear and transparent government that supports the thrivability of both businesses and residents. She will be bringing a lens of equity, a deep sense of integrity and accountability to her position, while continuing to be a bridge builder.”
In third place is Amit Gupta, who has 21.05% of the vote.
Gupta appears to have lost interest in running his campaign, as he never put up a website at the URL that he registered, electamitgupta.com.
But he did submit a voter’s pamphlet statement.
“I have been a Redmond residents for nearly 15 years and love our city. It’s been amazing to see Redmond’s transformation from a small town to a growing city. However, there are also new issues affecting quality of life: potholes, traffic gridlock, personal safety, urban planning missteps, and low scale of commerce in the community,” the statement says. “As your council member, I will bring my business, management, and corporate experiences to solve these issues.”
“I will work with the community to identify and fix quality of life issues, protect our environment, and make Redmond more desirable. I will work with business leaders to expand the tax base by increasing commerce, and reduce the dependence on ever increasing property taxes. This will keep seniors in their homes and make housing affordable for everyone. I will work tirelessly to ensure equity and transparency in government operations, and spending.”
Here are the initial results for Position #7:
|David M Carson|
Nonpartisan | 2,417 votes
Nonpartisan | 2,241 votes
Nonpartisan | 1,249 votes
We’ll keep an eye on the contest for Position #1 and will bring you an update if there happens to be a lead change later this week or next week.
Voters in Redmond will also be deciding who will lead the city as its next mayor this year. Incumbent Angela Birney is being challenged by Councilmember Jeralee Anderson. No one else filed, so that contest is already set for the general election.