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Montgomery Jumps into the Council Race as a Write-In Candidate Opposing Incumbent Aspen

Nancy Montgomery entered the race “after reading Liz Aspen’s mean-spirited letter written to defame Al Taylor.”

Nancy Montgomery, current vice chair of the city’s Emergency Preparedness Public Safety Commission, has announced her bid for City Council as a write-in candidate opposing Liz Aspen, who is running for re-election in November.

Montgomery said it was her objection to a letter that Aspen sent out that is the reason for her jumping into the race.

“That letter is what prompted me to run. It was vicious and it was not correct,” Montgomery said in a phone interview Tuesday. “I don’t want her or anyone like her representing me or the community.”

The letter in question was sent to residents in the city by Liz Aspen’s campaign and references a photo that circulated on the Internet showing two men holding their finger in an “L” to their foreheads. Aspen, who has a developmentally disabled son, wrote in the letter that she found the photo to be defamatory to her son (see letter attached to story). In the letter, she claims candidate Al Taylor, who is opposing Scott Hageman in this year’s race, put the photo on his website four years ago when he ran against Aspen.

Taylor denied having put the photo on his website, saying it was on a now-defunct Woodinville blog and that he had nothing to do with the photo ().

Montgomery said she also wants to unseat Aspen because of what she perceives as Aspen’s allegiance to single individuals in the community instead of representing the entire city.

She added that she did consider putting her name forward as a candidate to fill the seat left vacant when , but after seeing the list of people interested in that seat, she was satisfied with the field of candidates. She said she did not launch her campaign before the deadline to file because she thought others would run against Aspen.

“By the time I realized they were not, it was too late,” she said. “It was really that letter that put me over the edge.”

She added that she has been unhappy with Aspen’s performance as a councilmember . “Only 15 percent of Woodinville kids use that facility and now the city is responsible for it.”

Montgomery has lived in Woodinville since 1985 with her husband and two sons. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from San Jose State University and a master's degree in special education for the deaf and hard of hearing from San Francisco State University. She worked in the Highline Public Schools district and is now office manager for a chiropractic practice in Woodinville.

For more information see her Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/nancymontgomery2011

Dale Knapinski October 19, 2011 at 11:56 PM
Nancy Montgomery, YES! I would vote for Nancy Montgomery. She has the honesty, decency, and integrity, Woodinville needs to continue the improvements we have made in the last couple of years thanks to the replacement of the old legacy figures on the council. Time for more new people. Jeff is terrific. Al Taylor will make a great replacement for Scott Hageman, and the ouster of Liz Aspen will rid our city of the nasty political garbage that has been stinking up this fine city for the last month. GO NANCY MONTGOMERY!!!!
Kat Stremlau October 20, 2011 at 12:33 AM
Will Ms. Montgomery be answering the candidates questions that were posted on Patch?
Annie Archer (Editor) October 20, 2011 at 01:16 AM
That's an interesting question, Kat. Recently, Patch has been criticized for allowing candidates to send in their profiles after our deadline. We posted those late profiles because the deadline was a courtesy to us, not a legal deadline, such as filing candidacy papers with the county. Patch's goal is to provide information to the community. So, community, do you think she should be given the opportunity to answer the questions?
Jack Vermeulen October 20, 2011 at 01:21 AM
Absolutely! For exactly the reason listed by Annie.
Dale Knapinski October 20, 2011 at 01:38 AM
If a candidate does something totally outrageous and disgusting during their campaign and that results in voters bringing in a last minute hopeful, the late entry should be welcomed with open arms. Welcome to the race Nancy Montgomery. WRITE IN Nancy Montgomery and scratch out Liz Aspen.
Kat Stremlau October 20, 2011 at 02:24 AM
Well, my thinking is allowing Ms. Montgomery to state her vision would prevent reactionary write-ins. She can always do it in the comments here I suppose.
Peter Tountas October 20, 2011 at 03:20 PM
I served with Nancy on the Emergency Preparedness and Safety Commission from its inception. I have the highest regard for her organizational skills, her commitment to serve, her honesty and integrity, and all the other attributes that would make her a fantastic council member. No question about it, she gets my vote.
Nancy Montgomery October 20, 2011 at 04:47 PM
Kat, I will definitely be responding to the questions, both here and on my facebook page. If you want to go there type in your server bar www.facebook.com/nancymontgomery2011. I will be putting my responses in later tomorrow. Also, if anyone from the community wishes to meet for coffee, although I work, I will make myself available whenever possible. Nancy Montgomery
Annie Archer (Editor) October 20, 2011 at 04:50 PM
I have sent Nancy the questions the other candidates answered and she has the opportunity to send them back to Patch for posting with the other candidates answers.
Dale Knapinski October 20, 2011 at 08:21 PM
People are making a statement against the deplorable campaign strategy of Liz Aspen. But voting for Nancy Montgomery is more than just a statement against using special needs children for political gain. Woodinville has been making great progress recently with respect to public safety, infrastructure, and proper representation of residents. Previously, screaming non-residents filled our council meetings demanding our tax dollars and the council met their demands. The new additions to the council, Susan Boundy-Sanders and Paulette Bauman, helped to bring focus back to taxpayers. But there are still two councilmembers left in Woodinville that are not working for residents. Liz Aspen and Scott Hageman have a history of not representing Woodinville taxpayers, plain and simple. Their support for non-resident projects has cost Woodinville taxpayers a bundle of money, and we continue to pay for their excesses to this day. We need to continue moving forward by replacing the councilmembers that abandoned taxpayers when we needed them most. A vote for Nancy Montgomery is a vote for decency, yes, but it is also a vote for Woodinville taxpayers.
Sharon Peterson October 21, 2011 at 12:18 AM
I'm supporting Nancy Montgomery, Al Taylor, Jeff Glickman and Hank Stecker for Woodinville Water spot. Please join us in putting folks with the highest commitment to our taxpayers and Woodinville residents in office. Go, Nancy!!!
Lynn B October 28, 2011 at 02:25 AM
Nancy, you got my vote.
Dale Knapinski November 05, 2011 at 04:15 PM
The PDC requires candidates to provide access to their campaign records so the public will know where political funding is coming from. Liz Aspen gave access to her records this way: At night, in the dark, at the end of her driveway, during inclement weather, with records sealed in plastic covers, and she refused to allow the inspector to move close enough to the outside light in order to view her records. Liz also had a uniformed officer at her house, at taxpayer expense, for no legitimate reason. Liz had the opportunity to produce her records at a public place as the inspector requested, but she instead chose her house. What does LIz want to hide?
cynthia brocha November 05, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Sounds like Halloween night :-) Did you remember your camera so you could take pictures of the records; it was your right to do that you know?
Dale Knapinski November 05, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Per the PDC, you need permission to photograph or copy campaign records. Liz did not give that permission. Taking pictures in the dark, while it was raining, outside in Liz's driveway wouldn't have been possible anyhow. The only good thing, was that Liz provided a Woodinville police officer as a witness to her actions, which will make it very easy to prove that she failed to produce records as she is REQUIRED to do.
Dale Knapinski November 05, 2011 at 05:22 PM
Sorry, Cynthia, per the PDC you do not have the right to take pictures of the candidate's records without their permission. Liz did not give permission.
cynthia brocha November 05, 2011 at 06:29 PM
PDC: You are expected to show your records at the Campaigns registered address. PDC:Prior notification "in writing" has to be received by the PDC if a different location is to be used. PDC: Mutually agreeable time is selected; I do believe Council Member Aspen works everyday until after 5PM in Shoreline. Dale, you were allowed per PDC to take notes and photo copy any records available. Did you ask Council Member Aspen if you could take a photograph of her records, did you take notes? BTW, it was cold last evening, but not raining. I wonder why Council Member Aspen felt so harassed by you that she needed a Police Officer present while you inspected her campaign records.
Dale Knapinski November 05, 2011 at 07:24 PM
We will let the PDC decide what is proper disclosure and what is not.
Dale Knapinski November 05, 2011 at 07:30 PM
Scott Hageman can't speak for himself? My opinion is that Scott Hageman was trying to control the distribution of a letter that was exploitive of special needs children. Scott stated that he had nothing to do with the letter, and did not want copies of it distributed beyond Woodinville voters. For that, I'd have to agree that the letter Liz Aspen sent was disgusting, but Scott should have hired an attorney to fight Liz Aspen, since she authored the letter.
Dale Knapinski November 05, 2011 at 10:52 PM
Consider this a public request for Liz Aspen to post all of her campaign records including expenditures and contributions.
Dale Knapinski November 06, 2011 at 07:43 AM
Liz Aspen stated at the October 11th, 2011 Woodinville council meeting that she had not accepted donations from large developers. (See Oct 11 Woodinville council video 3:27:50) Inspection of contributions to Liz Aspen's campaign revealed a $500.00 donation from TRF Dev. I'm not sure if that is a large developer or not. I was only allowed to inspect Liz's records in her dimly lit driveway after dark, so it is possible that I am mistaken. I did Email Liz at her campaign Email address to verify this but she did not respond. Could anybody help me out with this?

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