This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.
Eric Faison’s decision not to run again for the Federal Way City Council set of a sort of gold rush for his Position 6 seat.
Five candidates want the job: Diana Noble-Gulliford, Roger Freeman, David St. John, Lorie Wood and Troy Smith. We favor Noble-Gulliford, but she’s got some good competition in the Aug. 18 primary.
Noble-Gulliford is a soft-spoken, sensible, thoughtful pillar of the community. A real estate agent, she’s lived in Federal Way for the last 40 years. She follows city issues closely. She has served on the planning commission and on the community council, which functioned as a sort of shadow government before Federal Way’s incorporation.
As president of the city’s historical society, Noble-Gulliford literally wrote the book on Federal Way. That’s a bit of an overstatement, because the recently published "Federal Way" – a history of the community – had several co- authors. But her involvement in the project reflects her deep interest in city affairs.
Of the other candidates, Roger Freeman offers the best combination of community involvement and smarts. He’s an attorney – a public defender – who’s served for years on the city’s Human Services Commission.
Lorie Wood and David St. John are business owners:
She operates a photography studio, he a men’s salon. Both are longtime residents of the city; she’s a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. Either would function capably on the council.
Troy Smith, who ran unsuccessfully for City Council in 2007, does not appear to be campaigning as actively as the other candidates. He did not participate in our endorsement process, so we have little basis for evaluating him.
The King County Municipal League rated him as "not qualified" for the office.
Two other council races, for Positions 2 and 4, will be decided in the Nov. 3 general election.
To read earlier election endorsements in the Aug. 18 primary, go online to: www.thenewstribune.com/opinion/ endorsements