Full slate of incumbents expected in council election

May 04, 2017

City Councilmember Donna Michelson plans to continue her daily runs through the Mill Creek neighborhoods near her home. But she is undecided on whether she will join three of her colleagues to run for re-election this fall.

Michelson’s tenure on the city council will fall three months short of 19 years when the election for four positions on the City Council is held this fall. As is her style, the senior member of the council does not plan to make her decision regarding her future on the council until the filing period later this month.

The filing period for the city council election begins May 15 for candidates who file online or in person. The period ends at 5p.m. on May 19.

“This might be the time for me to move on,” Michelson told The Beacon. “I’d really like to do some traveling, but I am torn because I am committed to attending every meeting that I can to best serve the people of the city.”

The four-year terms of Michelson, Mayor Pro Tem Brian Holtzclaw, Mayor Pam Pruitt and Councilmember Sean Kelly will expire this year. The other incumbents have already committed to running for re-election.

“Whether I run or not, I will continue to keep tabs on the pulse of the community through my conversations with the people I meet on my daily runs and whenever I am in town,” Michelson said. “I would miss that. I would miss the ability to bring the issues that are important to the residents of Mill Creek to the council.”

Holtzclaw was the first member of the current council to throw his hat into the ring. In a statement sent to the media, the mayor pro tem took his share of the credit for the council’s decision to hire City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto to guide the city out of its $2.4 deficit as well as the balanced budget the city manager generated for the 2017/2018 biennium.

“I am proud of what we’ve accomplished,” Holtzclaw wrote.

If voters return him to the council, Holtzclaw said he would work to strive to provide long-term sustainability and protect the city’s reserves.

Pruitt and Kelly echoed the praise of Polizzotto in their own statements.

The mayor said the city manager has “cut the fat” from city operations and refined the city’s focus to serve the residents of Mill Creek. Pruitt added that the city manager has generated “more grant money than at any time during the history of our city.”

Pruitt wrote that when she was elected four years ago, the council was struggling to avoid the addition of a utility tax to the tax bill issued by the city, lack of funding for a proposed $20 million municipal campus and no plan to encourage economic development.

“Fast forward to today,” wrote Pruitt. “We have avoided a utility tax, remodeled buildings the city already owned for a fraction of the cost of a new campus. And we have a brand new Senior Center that cost the taxpayers nothing.”

Priorities for Pruitt over the next four years would be decisions on capitol projects such as roads, underground pipes and development of city parks.

The mayor concluded with, “We want to keep Mill Creek the desirable community we choose to call home.”

Kelly hopes to “maintain and ensure common sense fiscal policies and lean practices ensuring quality and efficient city services without an additional burden on the citizens of Mill Creek.”

The councilmember had similar priorities for another term on the council. He listed balanced budgets, sustainability without higher taxes, keeping Mill Creek an attractive destination with an economic climate that attracts businesses that promote growth.

“It is reasonable to believe that a city this size should be able to run more efficiently than in the past,” Kelly wrote. “I would be proud to help our city move forward for another four years.”

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