By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
Melissa Duque was officially sworn in as one of Mill Creek’s newest city councilmembers at the November 23, 2021, city council meeting.
Since she was out of town at the time, Mayor Brian Holtzclaw administered her oath of office virtually via Zoom.
Duque defeated incumbent Adam Morgan by 64 votes, a slim margin of 1.32%.
Because Morgan was appointed to his council seat, Duque took office on day the election was certified by the Snohomish County Canvassing Board, which happened the same day as the city council meeting.
Morgan was appointed city councilmember in October 2020 after Mike Todd resigned his position to become the city’s Director of Public Works and Development Services.
Duque has extensive public service experience having “spent over a decade working with nonprofits and foundations in the communications field and as a Project Manager” according to the Snohomish County Voter’s Guide.
She is familiar with city government having served on Mill Creek’s Park & Recreation Board since 2018.
Duque's term runs for two years and will have to campaign for re-election in 2023.