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As election season approaches, a dearth of open seats for Lakewood, UP city councils

Nearly all the incumbents up for election on the Lakewood and University Place city councils will run for new four-year terms.

With filing week less than three weeks away, just one newcomer has stepped forward in either city so far. Don Daniels, chairman of the Lakewood Planning Advisory Board, announced he is running for the seat that Councilwoman Helen McGovern will vacate near the end of the year.

Daniels was one of 11 other candidates to apply to fill the council seat vacated by former Mayor Doug Richardson, but the council picked McGovern, who served on the council previously, in

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Tacoma: Van Dyk challenges Lonergan for 5th District city council seat

A second candidate has emerged to challenge an incumbent in this year’s Tacoma City Council races.

Justin Van Dyk officially filed his candidate’s registration with the state on April 5, declaring his intent to run for the council’s District 5 seat representing south Tacoma now held by Joe Lonergan.  

Shortly after Van Dyk registered, Lonergan himself filed his own candidacy paperwork and today officially announced in a press release that he’s seeking re-election.

In a phone interview today, Van Dyk, 25, said he is

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Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland kicks off her reelection campaign Wednesday at the Pantages

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland has formally announced her reelection campaign and will hold a kick-off Wednesday at the Pantages Theater.

Stickland was elected in 2009, defeating Jim Merritt by 1,100 votes. She had served two years of a term as a city councilman before winning the mayor’s job. Under term limits she can serve a second term as mayor if elected this fall.

“Tacoma is a great city with a compelling story to tell,” Strickland said in a campaign announcement. “From our museum district to our unique neighborhoods and waterfront, people from the region and around the country are discovering

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PDC opens formal investigations

The Public Disclosure Commission has opened several formal investigations in the past month, including one into a long-running complaint involving initiative promoter Tim Eyman.

The targets of the elections watchdog agency’s probes include:


Tacoma: Campbell officially announces bid for second term

Tacoma City Councilman Marty Campbell officially announced today he’ll seek a second-term for the council’s District 4 seat representing the East Side and parts of the South End.

Campbell, 42, a community activist and former owner of Stadium Video and Buzzards, won election to Council in 2009 by easily downing Roxanne Murphy, a former city employee.

Campbell filed his candidate’s registration for his re-election bid last month with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission, records show.  So far, he has reported no campaign contributions and no one has filed to challenge him.

Here’s Campbell’s press announcement:


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Washington politicians who wanted to join Obama administration should have endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2008

Or so it seems.

Leading up to Washington’s presidential primary in 2008, Hillary Clinton was making a hard push for endorsements from the state’s leading politicians. That was considered the safe move as Barack Obama, though leading, was still the underdog for the Democratic nomination.

Winning these big-name endorsements had more than nominal effect. Most were also super delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

At the time it was considered pretty brave to stand up with Obama instead of Clinton. But that’s what Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire did at a Feb. 8 rally in a packed Key Arena. Also on

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Tacoma: Lecy-Davis announces bid for City Council’s District 2 seat

Downtown business owner and community activist Patricia Lecy-Davis announced Monday she intends to run for the Tacoma City Council’s District 2 Council seat.

“I’m running because I believe that our citizens deserve the most committed representation possible,” Lecy-Davis is quoted in a press announcement issued Monday. “I will work hard to meet and engage with the people across this district, and to bring a voice to their issues on the City Council.”

Lecy-Davis was among seven candidates to apply for the seat vacated Dec. 31 by Councilman-turned-state Rep. Jake Fey. During her appointment interview in January, she told council members

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Were seeds for Majority Coalition Caucus in state Senate sewn in Washington Redistricting Commission?

Well, yeah. Sort of.

The so-called coup by 23 formerly minority Republicans and two Democrats that broke in mid-December came just after the final undecided Senate race was decided.

Because it was so close, the race between GOP incumbent Don Benton and challenger Tim Probst wasn’t official until the election was certified. Benton won reelection by 78 votes out of just under 55,000 cast. Once he was in and the GOP total was up to 23 votes, the coalition with Democrats Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon could became a majority of 25.

Did Benton deliver the majority?

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