It looked like Don Meyer, a former port manager and the director of the Foss Waterway Development Authority was going to walk into office. But a late filing by former Pierce County Auditor Cathy Pearsall-Stipek means that all three Port of Tacoma positions will be contested.
Pearsall-Stipek, who also has been a Tacoma School Board members, a state legislators and a Pierce County Councilwoman, filed for position 3. One of them will replace Ted Bottiger who is not running for reelection.
In port position one, incumbent Connie Bacon will have to wage both a primary and a general election campaign. Bernardo Tuma and Bill Casper, both former port candidates, filed against her.
And in port position two, Charles Kelly Creso filed against incumbent Dick Marzano.
Another late filing means Pierce County will get to use Ranked Choice Voting at least one more time. Will Baker filed for the county auditor race, a special election needed to replace Pat McCarthy who was elected county executive.
Appointed incumbent Jan Shabro and Tacoma City Councilwoman Julie Anderson have also filed. The non-partisan race moves directly to the November election where voters will be allowed to rank the three candidates.
Go here for a complete list of Pierce County filings.