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City of Sammamish

Council Position No. 7

Melanie Kelsey

Melanie Kelsey



(206) 419-3209

Education: B.A Business, University of Puget Sound; MS Finance, Seattle University
Occupation: Sr. Business Program Manager, Microsoft

Are you frustrated by the clear cutting of our beautiful city to benefit developers? Outraged with your kids constantly learning in portables because our schools are so overcrowded? Dismayed at the disappearance of wildlife as we bulldoze their land and replace it with concrete? I am. I'll fight to ensure that the city we call home retains the charm and uniqueness that we all love.


Are you concerned that previous councils have spent down our reserves and operated under "deficit budgeting" for years? I am. I'll work to enact a balanced budget that pays for the needs of our city (infrastructure, stormwater, parks) in a fiscally responsible manner as I did in the many years of corporate and government budgeting.


I will fight against over-development and for a balanced budget, improved infrastructure, our environment, schools, fellow wildlife, and the residents of Sammamish. I humbly ask for your vote.

Karen Howe

Karen Howe

2224 235TH CT NE


Education: Bachelors from Whitman College; Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education, Marketing
Occupation: Marketing Executive, President, King County Children/Youth Advisory Board

As a Sammamish neighbor for 30 years, I want our city to remain an incredible place to live, work, and raise a family. As a former tech CEO with 20+ years of executive experience, I manage with transparency and accountability. As an advocate for children and our environment, I am committed to our city’s future. I’m running for city council because we need a fresh, data-driven perspective to drive action on services we care about most.


Endorsed by local and regional elected leaders and conservation groups, I will collaborate to ensure Sammamish is a community where our teachers, first responders, young families, and retirees can live and thrive.


I will prioritize diverse housing linked by convenient public transport, walking and cycling infrastructure, and support for our business community. With your support, I’ll put my decades of management, advocacy, service and leadership to work to build a livable Sammamish. 

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