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Category: Bonney Lake


Mayor movement the theme for Pierce County elections filing week

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

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Three incumbents face challengers in Bonney Lake

Mayor Neil Johnson is one of three incumbents in Bonney Lake facing challengers in this year’s election, according to the Pierce County elections website.

Johnson is running for re-election against City Councilman James Rackley. Mike Munson is also challenging the mayor.

In other races, Councilman Dan Swatman filed for re-election to Council Position 3. James “Kelly” McClimans, Sr. filed late Thursday to run, as well.

Councilman Donn Lewis is facing a challenge from Shawnta Mulligan for Council Position 6. Mulligan is the treasurer for a citizens group who opposed the city’s attempt at creating a metropolitan parks district in the April

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Early election results show strong support for all measures except Bonney Lake park district


Early results showed voters apparently rejected creation of a park district in Bonney Lake, which would have granted the city authority to tax residents to maintain parks and recreation facilities.

The measure was one of three ballot measures in Tuesday’s special election, all of which were issues concentrated in East Pierce County.

Approval of the Bonney Lake Metropolitan Park District would have created a supplemental tax and established a dedicated funding source for the management, improvement and maintenance of parks, according to the ballot’s explanatory statement.

Statutory tax limits and the district’s status

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Bonney Lake mayor points to positive economic growth, improved community life in State of City Address

Bonney Lake Mayor Neil Johnson, Jr., in his 2013 State of the City Address said the city is doing well, pointing to positive economic growth and improved quality of community life.

To read the full address, click here.


Fleet Feet Sports owner just ‘escaped all the mayhem’ at Boston Marathon

Paul Morrison, owner of Fleet Feet Sports in Bonney Lake and Tacoma, said he knows little about what’s going on near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where two bombs killed three and injured more than 140 people.

“We just walked out of there before anything happened,” he said. “We escaped all the mayhem.”

Morrison left the finish line about 10 minutes prior to the explosions. He said he didn’t hear or see anything, and all of his close friends are accounted for and staying in their hotel for the night.

Morrison is with a group of 12

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Bonney Lake holds special election to vote on parks district

Voters in Bonney Lake have received mail-in ballots for a special election determining whether the city will create a Bonney Lake park district, according to a city newsletter.

If approved in the April 23 election, the Bonney Lake Metropolitan Park District would create a supplemental tax and operate as a distinct taxing authority for the “management, control, improvement, maintenance, and acquisition of parks, parkways, boulevards, and recreational facilities,” according to the release.

The Bonney Lake City Council would serve as the ex officio Park District board, according to the release, assessing the needs and park functions that the district would

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Pierce County officials celebrate pilot transportation program at Sumner Senior Center

Several Pierce County officials were on hand Wednesday at the Sumner Senior Center to celebrate the newest transportation project in Pierce County.

Beyond the Borders Connector is a free pilot transportation program available to seniors 65 and older, eligible low-income residents and those with disabilities in Sumner and Bonney Lake, as well as Spanaway, Roy and Yelm. Launched at the beginning of March, it is an extension of a transportation program that has been running for about 10 years throughout Pierce County, and is funded by a grant through Pierce County Community Connections.

This program accommodates

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Sumner Schools to get new superintendent

Sumner School Board members voted unanimously Wednesday evening to hire Sara E. Johnson as the next superintendent for the 8,400-student district.

Pending successful contract negotiations, Johnson would begin her new job July 1. She is currently assistant superintendent in the Lincoln County School District in Newport, Ore.

Johnson would replace Craig Spencer, who has been interim superintendent since 2011.
Spencer was named to the district’s top job temporarily following a divisive break between the school board and former Superintendent Gil Mendoza in 2011. Spencer would return to his previous job as assistant superintendent for administrative services.

Sumner Board

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