Several East Pierce County cities and towns could experience a leadership shake-up after the November election, as a number of mayor positions are up for grabs and others have attracted challengers.
Election season started this week as candidates officially filed with the Pierce County Auditor’s Office for races in the Aug. 6 primary and the Nov. 5 general election.
Cities and towns with outgoing mayors include Puyallup, Orting, Eatonville and Edgewood. Incumbent mayors in Sumner, Bonney Lake and Milton all will face challengers.
In Eatonville, four candidates filed to run for mayor after Ray Harper opted not to seek a second term. He is running for Town Council Position 2 against Bob Walter. Harper said working full time at Boeing factored into his decision, but he wants to continue to serve the city.
Town Treasurer Mike Schaub and Carl (Bud) Lucas, Eatonville’s former fire chief, are both challenging Town Council members Gordon Bowman and James Valentine for mayor of the Mount Rainier foothills town.
“This is the first time I can recall having to hold a primary for a mayor race (in Eatonville),” Town Administrator Doug Beagle said Thursday.
In Sumner, City Council member Nancy Dumas filed to challenge two-term incumbent Dave Enslow.
“I firmly believe a candidate should never run unopposed,” Dumas said Wednesday.
Enslow has overseen a number of projects in his tenure, including the major effort to bring a YMCA to the city.
“It’s an honor to represent the great people in Sumner, and I would be honored to serve in that role for another four years,” he said in a press release.
Orting Mayor Cheryl Temple is stepping away from city government after more than 20 years of service. Joachim (Joe) Pestinger, a fire commissioner for Orting Valley Fire & Rescue, is running unopposed to replace her.
Bonney Lake Mayor Neil Johnson is seeking re-election and faces challengers Mike Munson and Councilman James Rackley.
Philip (Marty) Lelli Jr. filed to face Incumbent Mayor Debra Perry in Milton.
Jeff Stokes and Tyron J. Christopherson have both filed to run for the open Edgewood City Council seat vacated by Mayor Jeff Hogan. Hogan did not file for re-election.
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