Familiar faces had their hats tossed out of the ring

By Dan Aznoff | Feb 15, 2019

Community activist Carmen Fisher seemed to know the outcome of the interviews for the vacant position on the Mill Creek City Council before she was asked her first question.

Fisher sat before councilmembers and admitted she was making her fifth attempt to secure a position on the seven-member panel. She first challenged incumbent Sean Kelly two years ago, then applied to fill the void created by his abrupt resignation.

Fisher admitted said she was amazed to learn how fascinating the topic of road surface paving options could be when she attended her first city council meeting. She went on to describe her qualifications to the council, pointing out her friendliness, her easygoing personality, her positive attitude, her enthusiasm, her resilience and her playful attitude.

A member of the council reminded Fisher that she had forgotten to mention her most important quality – her modesty.

Fisher was one of six applicants passed over when the council voted to offer the vacant seat to Stephanie Vignal. The four-year resident of Mill Creek was voted in to serve an abbreviated nine-month term on he council until the general election in November.

Vignal was approved on the first secret ballot.

Other applicants included Kelly Christensen, who has lived in Mill Creek for 10 years and claims to have knocked on every door in his neighborhood to promote local nonprofit organizations.

Christiansen added that his wife had been a teacher at Heatherwood Middle School.

Steve Covello began his list of qualifications by reminding the council that he is the son-in-law of Ken Long, the second mayor of Mill Creek.

A nervous Elaine Craig explained to the council that her love for the community and her understanding of the budget process qualified her to, “affect the process of excellence” that makes Mill Creek an amazing place to live.

Apartment dweller Richard Huebner said he would represent the non-homeowners and be the voice for the younger demographic that would be missing from the council with the election of Jared Mead to serve in the state Legislature in Olympia.

A sixth applicant, Neal Shuman, was not available to take part in the interviews.

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