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Redmond Mayor John Marchione

The re-election campaign of Redmond Mayor John Marchione began with his kickoff breakfast on May 11 and ended one month later when the Elections Department window closed and nobody had signed up to oppose him. The 46-year-old former director of finance and administration at Bellevue's Meydenbauer Center served one term on the city council, then swept into the mayor's office in 2007 with a nearly 60-percent majority vote. He's neighborhood-centric in the once-small town (pop. 54,000 today), where he grew up watching its identity fade into the engulfing exurbia, and his business background helps him stay abreast in the place best known as the home of Microsoft. But first the community, then the corporations, says Marchione. "We shouldn't predict what the next business will be," he said at his kickoff, "but we should be a place where the next business would want to come because of the high quality of life." RICK ANDERSON Mayor's Office, 425-556-2101,

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