Gig Harbor Peninsula businessman and longtime citizen activist Randy Boss and Orting City Councilwoman Nicola McDonald issued formal announcements of their candidacies for the Pierce County Council this week.
Neither was surprising; each filed to run last week, Boss for the District 7 seat being vacated by Terry Lee, McDonald for the District 1 seat now held by Shawn Bunney. Lee and Bunney are prevented by term limits from seeking reelection.
Here’s information from Boss and Lee:
Boss: Describes himself as a local/broker developer and activist. He is a Republican.
His commercial real estate work over the last 20 years has included working on projects for national retail companies, including Sports Authority, PetsMart, Michaels Arts & Crafts and Best Buy, his news release said.
He’s also working on development of Olympic Towne Center in Gig Harbor, a shopping center on Olympic Drive where two car dealerships were closed in recent years.
He’s been active in civic affairs and politics on the peninsula for many years but is perhaps best known for his opposition to tolls on the Narrows Bridge, a fight her took the state Supreme Court. His work, he says, helped spur changes that ultimately saved money for tollpayers.
He says he’s running for the Council because the county needs ““pragmatic problem-solvers that have a proven track record of positive results.”
The competition for Lee’s seat is deep. Seven other candidates are in the race: Republicans Bill Sehmel, Larry Wingard and Stan Flemming; Democrats Todd Iverson, Betty Ringlee and Chuck West. John Picinich filed as an independent.
McDonald: Describes herself as a businesswoman who owns and operates a wine bar and restaurant in Puyallup and a amarketing and public relations company.
She has a degree in business and organizational management from Northwest University, according to the news release announcing her candidacy.
In addition to her work on the Orting City Council, she’s active in the Puyallup Main Street Association and the Puyallup-Sumner Chamber of Commerce, her news release said. She’s also coached a number of youth sports.
She wants to keep “government accountable with the people’s tax dollars,” improve public safety and work to create sustainable jobs, her news release says.
If you think her last name is familiar, you’re right. She is the daughter of Pierce County Councilwoman Joyce McDonald.
A fundraiser is set for 6 p.m. June 28 at Northwest Vintage wine bar in Puyallup. Her campaign can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-548-6064.
McDonald is one of three people seeking Bunney’s seat. Republican Dan Roach and Democrat Pat McElligott also have filed to run.