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Tag: Eatonville elections


Four candidates file to run for mayor in Eatonville

Two council members, a town treasurer and a former fire chief all filed this week to run for mayor of Eatonville.

The 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. He has made a lot of changes over his four-year term, and wants to stay connected in order to see those changes through.

“I want to follow through,” he said

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Eatonville mayor not running for re-election, files to run for Town Council Position 2

Eatonville Mayor Ray Harper filed Tuesday night to run for a Town Council spot, forgoing another term as mayor.

Harper has filed to run for Position 2, according to the Pierce County elections website.

Three candidates have filed to run for mayor, including Town Councilman Gordon Bowman.

Harper has struggled with budget problems in his tenure.

Last year in April, he experienced backlash from residents when he proposed disbanding the Eatonville Police Department and contracting with Pierce County Sheriff’s Department for services. The council unanimously voted against the cost-saving proposal.

Also in April 2012, a state audit found the city

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Councilman, 2 others file to run for mayor of Eatonville

Town Councilman Gordon Bowman is one of three candidates so far who have filed to run for mayor of Eatonville, according to the Pierce County elections website.

In addition to Bowman, Carl (Bud) Lucas and Mike Schaub have filed to run.

Filing week ends Friday, May 17. Candidates can file or online or in-person with the Pierce County Auditor’s Office. The primary election is Aug. 6. The general election is Nov. 5.

Incumbent Mayor Ray Harper has yet to file to run for re-election.

Eatonville, a town with a population of about 2,700, has experienced budget problems in recent years. The town

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