Randy Boss, a longtime Gig Harbor Peninsula activist who led opposition to a new toll-financed Narrows Bridge, has worked for a variety of causes in the area and served on parks boards and commissions, is running for the Pierce County Council District 7 seat.
His entry into that race brings to 12 the number of candidates who’ve filed this week with the Pierce County Auditor to run for three open seats on the County Council.
Six of them are in the hunt for the District 7 seat, which represents the Gig Harbor and Key peninsulas, Fox Island, part of Tacoma, University Place and Fircrest.
The position is being vacated by Republican Terry Lee, who is prevented by term limits from running again.
Boss is a Republican.
Others who’ve filed to run for the seat so far are:
Republicans: Former University Place City Councilman and mayor Stan Flemming; and PenMet Parks commissioner Bill Sehmel.
Democrats: Former Peninsula School Board member Betty Ringlee; PenMet Parks commissioner Todd Iverson: and Key Peninsula Fire District 16 division chief Chuck West.
Republican Larry Wingard, the owner of Shiloh Farm in Lakebay and a former Key Peninsula parks commissioner, has said he would be a candidate but had not filed to run as of this morning.
As we reported earlier this week, there are still three candidates who’ve filed in each of the races for the other two open Council positions: District 1 now held by Republican Shawn Bunney and District 5, now held by Democrat Barbara Gelman. Both are term-limited out of office at the end of the year.
The candidates for those seats are:
District 1: State Rep. Dan Roach and Orting City Councilwoman Nicola McDonald, both Republicans; and former Tacoma firefighters union president Pat McElligott, a Democrat.
District 5: Former Tacoma City Councilman Rick Talbert; activist Audrey Chase; and Pierce County parks employee Erich Sachs. All list their party preference as Democratic.