Sammamish resident Chris Ross announces candidacy for City Council

Sammamish resident Chris Ross announced on Wednesday his candidacy for the Sammamish City Council.

Ross, 55, works as a senior financial analyst with the Boeing Company, is a licensed residential real estate broker and is an active member of Sammamish Kiwanis.

He said through his community service with the Sammamish Kiwanis, his involvement with citizen groups and his dialogue with Sammamish residents and city leaders, he has gained “a greater appreciation of the needs, concerns and issues of our community.”

“Sammamish is at a crossroads where financially our city can no longer rely on development impact fees to sustain and improve infrastructure,” Ross stated in a press release. “More voices on the council are needed to ensure we prioritize projects and services to consider long-term affordability consistent with the goals and attributes the people of Sammamish value. I will leverage my 33 years of professional financial experience and education to help the city optimize our resources.”

Among his targeted objectives, Ross said he identified with the “common theme recognized by citizens” to work toward managing growth responsibly, improving traffic flow and protecting the local environment and sensitive areas. Other areas of focus he mentioned were to support emergency services and avoid unnecessary tax increases.

Ross is married and has four adult children. He holds a business degree with concentrations in accounting and economics from Washington State University, earned his Master of Business Administration from Seattle University and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program.

Ross is the fourth candidate to publicly announce their intent to run for Sammamish City Council. Other candidates include Jason Ritchie, Minal Ghassemieh and John Robinson.