The four newly elected Mill Creek City Councilmembers were sworn into office as the first order of business at their regular January 7, 2014, City Council meeting. Kelly Chelin, Mill Creek City Clerk, administered the oath of office to Brian Holtzclaw, Pam Pruitt, Sean Kelly, and Donna Michelson.
Holtzclaw is a land-use attorney and has lived in Mill Creek for ten years. He defeated incumbent Bart (Tim) Masterson by 651 votes. Both Holtzclaw and Masterson campaigned on public safety, fiscal responsibility, and increased economic development to balance the City’s budget.
Pruitt is a retired Certified Public Accountant who now works as a reporter for the Mill Creek View and has just taken an additional job as Terry Ryan’s legislative assistant with the Snohomish County Council. She defeated incumbent Kathy Nielsen by 615 votes. Pruitt campaigned against a new city hall and a utility tax, issues that Nielsen discounted as “scare tactics.”
Sean Kelly was sworn in as Mill Creek City Councilmember for the second time in three months. He was first sworn in on November 26, 2013, to complete the last of Terry Ryan’s term. Ryan resigned from the Mill Creek City Council in mid-term, and Lynn Sordel was chosen to take his place. Kelly defeated Sordel by a 755-vote margin.
Donna Michelson has been a councilmember since 1999, serving 2 years as Mayor and 4 years as Mayor Pro-Tem. She is retired and has been a Mill Creek resident for 34 years. She defeated challenger Jason Wingert by 841 votes. Michelson campaigned on her experience and her desire “to preserve Mill Creek as the best city to live, work, shop and play.” Wingert campaigned on changing the City Council to provide a new perspective.