Shopping center vote; Sequim council elections all hitting at once

Peninsula News Network

7/27/03

Sequim, WA - The Sequim city council is still scheduled to reach some decisions this coming week on those plans for two large shopping centers on the west side of Sequim. And with three of the four council members making those decisions also facing the choice of filing for re-election starting Monday, next week could be an interesting one for Sequim politics.

Because of possible conflict of interest, only Mayor Walt Schubert and Councilmembers Don Hall, Ron Farquhar and Patricia Schmitt has sit through the marathon hearings for the two big projects.

Monday, the council is scheduled to possibly make final decisions on the proposed Priest Road Wal-Mart store and the Sequim Village Marketplace shopping center. Monday is also the first day of filing for this fallís council elections. That means Farquhar, Schmitt and Hall could also be deciding what could become a major campaign issue. The three have indicated they are likely to run for full terms to the seats they were appointed to last year.

Councilman John Beitzelís seat is the fourth council position up for election. He hasnít been available to hear the appeals for the two shopping centers and wonít be a part of Mondayís vote.

 

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