I have had the good fortune of working with Councilmember O’Farrell through our work supporting the Sammamish Community YMCA. Ms. O’Farrell joined our Board in February 2020 and has been instrumental in helping our Y address and deliver critical community support service needs throughout her continuing tenure. A twenty-five-year resident of Sammamish, she has served with similar spirit on local HOA’s, the Sammamish Planning Council (2017-2020) and as a Sammamish City Council Member (2022-Present). Responsible, resourceful, and personally engaged, O’Farrell has my strongest endorsement for continued service on the Sammamish City Council.
As the co-chair of our local YMCA, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with and getting to know Roisin O’Farrell. She is a dedicated and reliable asset, able to creatively problem solve on the fly, with anyone willing to work hard alongside her. She is more than prepared to tackle the hard issues, big and small, when called upon. Her passion is her constant strength and, I have no doubt, given the opportunity, Roisin will continue to channel that energy for the benefit of all in Sammamish if elected to the city council seat for which she was aptly appointed. Sammamish needs dedicated community servants like Roisin O’Farrell.”
I have known Roisin O’Farrell for 20 years and our children grew up together. She is a woman of integrity, honesty, kindness and perseverance and I wholeheartedly support and endorse Roisin for Sammamish City Council.
She has been involved in the community here for many years, starting with advocating for children/students with Autism, on the planning commission, as a Board Member at the YMCA and recently on the council itself. She takes interest in the detail of the day to day and the overarching vision and policies of the council and has the tenacity to make things happen.
Her goals of helping local businesses, supporting teen mental health and enhancing our environment here in Sammamish are all much needed and welcome!
We have known Roisin personally since 2012 as a great neighbor who is always willing to help her neighbors in need and who always puts her efforts on the well being of our youth. I can truthfully state that she is a deserving candidate for the City Council role. I feel certain that everyone will be as impressed with her as we are. We are sure that as a public servant she will be committed to help our youth, economy, local businesses and beyond in the city of Sammamish.
Sammamish deserves visionary leadership, unwavering commitment to driving progress and dedication to our beautiful city and citizens. With a track record of accomplishments that speak volumes, Roisin O’farrell has consistently demonstrated her ability to collaborate effectively and find common ground even in the most challenging situations. Her passion for improving the lives of the under represented is evident in her tireless advocacy for Special Needs children in our community and beyond. Vote for Roisin, a candidate who embodies the community leadership we need and can count on!
We need Roisin O’Farrell’s voice on Sammamish City Council. Her articulate and intelligent leadership has been evident thus far on the city council and in all of her various community endeavors. Roisin will continue to bring an insightful, visionary approach in addressing the needs of our community. She has demonstrated a proactive, energetic commitment in collaboratively working to bring a positive, inclusive and friendly environment for Sammamish residents. I have known Roisin as a neighbor and friend for the past 20 years and endorse her enthusiastically!
I wholeheartedly endorse Roisin O’Farrell for the City Council Position 2 for the City of Sammamish. Having served as the inaugural City Clerk for Sammamish and being a devoted resident for over two decades, I can attest to the importance of dedicated, knowledgeable, and community-driven individuals in shaping the future of our city.
I have had the privilege of knowing Roisin personally for many years, both as a neighbor and a friend. Her commitment to our city and its residents has been a remarkable journey to witness, as it has grown stronger with time. Roisin's extensive experience, which includes roles on the Planning Commission and previous City Council membership, equips her with an intimate understanding of the multifaceted challenges our city faces.
From the complexities of urbanization and the imperative for fiscal responsibility to safeguarding our environment and ensuring the quality of education for our children, Roisin possesses a comprehensive perspective on the issues that matter most to our community. Her deep-rooted connection to Sammamish and her tireless dedication to its betterment make her an exceptional candidate for City Council Position 2.
Having worked closely with numerous council members during my two-decade tenure as City Clerk, I understand the substantial commitment required to fulfill the responsibilities of the job. Roisin O’Farrell not only comprehends this commitment but has also demonstrated the unwavering dedication necessary to navigate the demands of public service effectively, passionately and graciously.
I firmly believe that Roisin possesses the qualities, vision, and determination needed to be a resounding and constructive presence on the City Council. She is more than capable of not only representing the best interests of our residents but also taking decisive actions to make meaningful improvements in our community.
In conclusion, I wholeheartedly endorse Roisin O’Farrell for City Council Position 2, and I urge you to support her candidacy. Together, we can work towards a brighter future for Sammamish.
City Clerk, Retired
Roisin O’Farrell represents all that is good about public service. She is dedicated to listening well, solving problems, and planning for a sustainable future in Sammamish. After serving on many boards, including the Planning Commission and the YMCA, she was appointed to the City Council and has proved to be an asset to our city. She comes to every meeting well-prepared after reading all the material and following up with research on the history and needs of our community.
Roisin and I live close enough to walk together; we have walked and talked for many miles over the past eight years. During this time, I have listened to her advocacy for children and families as she openly shares the story of raising a special needs child, which involves close ties with our schools. She understands transportation needs in Sammamish and promotes using buses and bikes, which intertwines with her keen understanding of climate change and a need for a climate action plan. She respects the budget as a moral document and carefully evaluates financial commitments and responsibilities. She understands local business provides more revenue to our city and keeps us from driving off the Plateau for needed goods and services.
Councilmember O’Farrell is transparent, honest, and a model steward of our land. As a retired teacher, mother, grandmother, environmentalist, and 37-year resident of Sammamish, I am pleased to offer my full endorsement to Roisin O’Farrell.
I am writing this letter to wholeheartedly endorse your candidacy for the upcoming City Council election for the City of Sammamish. Having known you for over 15 years, I have had the privilege of witnessing your unwavering commitment to our community and your passion for making our city a better place to live. Your focus on making Sammamish a safe, healthy & inclusive community that can thrive, supporting our local economy and taking care of our environment and maintaining financial sustainability are key priorities that I wholeheartedly support. I have known you to be thoughtful and well-researched, which give me great confidence in your ability to demonstrate the multi-faceted complexities of the issues and lead the city to address these issues
What sets you apart as a candidate is your willingness to listen and engage in thoughtful conversations to the concerns of our fellow residents. You have actively engaged with community members through town hall meetings, neighborhood gatherings, and online forums, always striving to ensure that everyone's voice is heard. Your ability to bridge gaps and find common ground is a testament to your leadership skills.
Furthermore, your experience in both as a City Councilwoman, planning commission member and co-chair of the Sammamish YMCA board uniquely positions you to make informed decisions that will benefit our city in the long run. I have no doubt that you will work tirelessly to represent the best interests of all residents, regardless of their background or circumstances.
As a resident who deeply cares about the future of our city, I believe that you are the right person to lead us forward. I wholeheartedly support your vision and dedication to making our city an even better place to call home.
Please count on our vote, support, and willingness to volunteer and contribute to your campaign in any way possible. Together, we can create a brighter future for our city we call home.
Girish Bhatia & Ekta Mittal
I wholeheartedly endorse Roisin O’Farrell for Sammamish City Counsel. I have been a parent and an ISD staff member in Sammamish since 2005. I am currently a psychotherapist for adolescents and families in Issaquah. I have raised 2 children in the Issaquah School District and have known Roisin for 15 years.
I met Roisin when my son and her daughter were in kindergarten. They are now seniors in high school. Roisin is a staple in the Sammamish community. She is rare in that she shows up even when the issues do not directly affect her own life or family. She is able to see the larger picture of our community and she listens to the needs and wants of the people affected. She cares about the present and future of Sammamish and the well being of EVERYONE. She is a logical decision maker while at the same time being compassionate about other people’s perspectives and experiences. With our current political climate and the divisiveness that can occur, Roisin is able to listen with objectivity and make decisions that can be difficult but sound. Having a special needs son gives her insight into how we can serve the most vulnerable in our community and how we can build systems that benefit everyone.
Her hours of volunteer work in this community are countless and she seems to have endless energy.
I am so thankful that we have people like Roisin in our community and I cannot wait to see the amazing results she accomplishes in this role! Vote for Roisin!
We have known Roisin O’Farrell for almost 25 years. Roisin is a passionate and caring individual who is committed, first to her family and friends, but also to her entire Sammamish community. Her desire and willingness to serve is evident through her many volunteer activities, including her children’s schools, her church, her neighborhood HOA, Co-Chair of the Sammamish YMCA, and as a current City of Sammamish council member.
We have been Sammamish residents since the city was formed, and we have learned more about our community from Roisin than any other source. Roisin’s priorities for Sammamish are based on years of community involvement, and we believe are critical for ensuring Sammamish remains one of the best places to live.
Roisin O’Farrell genuinely cares about the city of Sammamish and is driven to be a part of shaping its future. We wholeheartedly endorse Roisin O’Farrell for Sammamish City Council!
Gregory and Aimee Vaughan
I have known Roisin O’Farrell since our kids met in Kindergarten at Discovery Elementary and they are now at Skyline High School. She has been part of our community, growing her family here and being an actively involved resident of Sammamish for the last 20 years, it makes sense that she should be part of our future too. Roisin would be an excellent member of the Sammamish City Council as she brings the experience of her previous service but more importantly the understanding of what it is really like to live in Sammamish. She has great insight and hopes for all that Sammamish can become and will be a great asset to our council. I believe that having Roisin involved in the Sammamish City Council will bring a clear voice of reason with a focus on building a place we are proud to live in and will help Sammamish to continue to grow into an inclusive, active, and safe place for us and our children to live. I am proud to call Roisin a friend and endorse her enthusiastically!