Sultan City Council vacancy attracts two candidates

SULTAN — Two candidates have stepped forward to fill a vacant position on the Sultan City Council.

The candidates are Jeffrey Beeler, owner of a Sultan-based window washing company, and Bob Knuckey, a retired print shop owner.

Former Councilman Dale Doornek resigned from his position in March to pursue a master’s degree. He started a four-year term in January 2008.

By state law the City Council is responsible for appointing a replacement, who will serve until the November election.

The City Council plans to interview the candidates and choose one at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 319 Main St.

Both candidates are described as community-minded citizens already active in public service.

Beeler, a Sultan resident for nine years, served as the chairman of a city budget advisory panel and as a member of a storm-water stakeholders group that worked to reduce the city’s proposed storm-water fees. He serves as treasurer of the advocacy group, U.S. 2 Safety Coalition.

His top priorities are more police services, helping the city create an identity and planning for new growth.

Knuckey and his wife manage a volunteer city cleanup program. The six-year resident of Sultan has served on the board of directors of the Northshore First National Bank and the East County Senior Center.

His highest priorities are fiscal responsibility, improving the city’s image and stimulating growth.

Four other council positions will be voted on this November. The filing deadline for the election is June 5.

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