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Category: Orting


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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All candidates who filed for open seats in Orting running unopposed

Joachim (Joe) Pestinger is running unopposed to be the next mayor of Orting, according to the Pierce County elections website.

Pestinger, a fire commissioner with Orting Valley Fire & Rescue, is running to replace Cheryl Temple, who has served city government for more than 20 years.

In other races, incumbents Graham Hunt, William Birkes and Scott Drennen are all running unopposed for their City Council seats.

Barbara Ford is running unopposed to fill Council Position 2, a spot vacated by outgoing Deputy Mayor Stanley Holland.

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Orting fire levy appears to be passing as more ballots roll in; required number of ‘yes’ votes reached

Orting voters appeared to be approving a tax measure that would generate $825,000 for the fire district through 2017.

Orting Valley Fire & Rescue submitted the levy for Tuesday’s special election to restore the district’s funding to 2009 levels, after the economic downturn and declining property values led to a 30 percent reduction in the last five years.

Fire Chief Zane Gibson said passage of the levy would allow the district to maintain response times and ambulance services at no cost to residents. Failure would likely lead to private ambulance services, which would cost residents money and increase response times.

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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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Residents in Orting fire district to vote on levy in spring election

Orting residents have received mail-in ballots to vote on a fire district levy that would generate $825,000 in annual revenue, covering a four-year period through 2017.

Orting Valley Fire & Rescue, Fire District No. 18, is requesting funds for district maintenance and operations, according to the voters pamphlet and Pierce County Elections.

“We wouldn’t ask if we didn’t think we needed (the funds),” said Zane Gibson, the district’s fire chief. “We aren’t trying to do anything new we are just trying to keep the lights on.”

If approved in the April 23 election, Proposition 1 would

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Sun shines on Orting for Daffodil Parade finale

The shortest leg of the four parades showed no shortage of energy Saturday evening, as the sun made a late appearance for Orting’s turn in the 80th Daffodil Parade. Residents from the small town and surrounding cities lined the sidewalks, dancing to upbeat tunes and waving to yellow-clad princesses.

“My favorite are the pirates,” said Isaiah Summers, 5, who had been to all four parades with his mom, Kimberly, 39. The Tacoma family was out cheering on Isaiah’s cousin who was marching in the Spanaway Lake High School marching band.

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Emergency preparedness fair planned in Orting

A resource fair on emergency preparedness is scheduled 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 in Orting.

Food concessions and door prizes are planned, along with demonstrations and displays on topics from amateur radio to operating a generator. Activities for kids will include a bicycle safety rodeo, a drawing contest and a 911 simulation phone.

The event is in the gym at Orting High School, 320 Washington Ave. N.



Harvest Festival planned Saturday in Orting Valley

The Orting-based Terra Organics is holding its fourth annual Harvest Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The event is set to include hayrides, a corn maze, a scavenger hunt, live music and pumpkin painting. Companies such as Bluebeard Coffee Roasters and Tacoma Food Co-op will be on hand, along with the Seattle food truck Skillet Street Food, a news release said.

The cost is $10 a carload.

Terra Organics is a produce home delivery service run by Kim and Dan Hulse, who have Tahoma Farms in the Orting Valley. The harvest festival is at the farm, 21108 Orville Road

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