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Tag: Pierce County Elections

July
17th

Public Disclosure Commission filings: Puyallup campaign updates

After two Planning Commission members who are running for Puyallup City Council were criticized for their conduct, a heated political debate broke out at Tuesday’s regular council meeting. 

Part of that debate focused on contributions to competing candidates. Below is an updated list of all the Puyallup City Council candidates and their most recent financial records with the state Public Disclosure Commission.

DISTRICT 1, POSITION 2:

John Hopkins* $5,100 (Personal contributions; Hopkins’ campaign is self-financed)

Corry Glucoft $200 (Donor Joan Cronk)

DISTRICT 2, POSITION 2:

Steve Hastings** $0 (Self-financed: Doesn’t intend to

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July
17th

Puyallup City Council discusses conduct of Planning Commissioners, council members as election season heats up

In a long and heated discussion at Tuesday night’s regular meeting, the Puyallup City Council members exchanged barbs on the ethical behavior of city officials during an election season that’s in full swing.

The discussion started after Council members John Palmer and Kent Boyle requested an addition to the meeting agenda regarding controversial conduct involving two Planning Commission members and an applicant seeking to rezone land near Shaw Road.

Several residents have expressed concern that chairman Steve Hastings and vice chairman Chris McNutt attended a private meeting that included a senior representative from Schnitzer West, a developer that has an

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June
10th

Single candidate files for mayor race in South Prairie; special filing period fails to attract candidates for other open spots

Anthony (Tony) Caldwell filed last week to run unopposed for mayor of South Prairie, according to the Pierce County elections website.

The Pierce County Auditor’s office opened a special three-day filing period last week for a couple dozen races that had yet to attract candidates. Among those open spots, South Prairie had a mayor and council position up for grabs.

Nobody filed for South Prairie council Position 5, according to the elections website. Caldwell filed Friday morning, the last day of the filing period.

In Roy, nobody filed to run for the open council Position 3. The City Council will

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May
30th

Pierce County Auditor’s Office announces special 3-day candidate filing period for elections

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office announced an elections filing period for races that have yet to attract candidates for the August primary and the November general election.

The special three-day filing period begins Wednesday and concludes June 7, according to a Pierce County news release.

There are 25 county races without candidates across Pierce County, including positions for city councils and school, fire and water districts. State law requires filing be reopened when no one files for a position during the regular filing period, according to the release.

People interested in open positions can file online at

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May
17th

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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May
17th

Buckley elections mostly unopposed; Council Position 3 attracts challenger

Incumbent Councilman John Leggett will face a challenger for Council Position 3, according to the Pierce County elections website.

Marvin Sundstrom filed Friday to run for the City Council seat.

Incumbent council member Cristi Boyle Barrett is running unopposed for Council Position 2, and Nora (Lyn) Rose has filed to run for the open Council Position 1.

Incumbent Mayor Pat Johnson is running unopposed for re-election.

Kari Plog: 253-597-8682
kari.plog@thenewstribune.com
@KariPlog

May
17th

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.

Kari Plog: 253-597-8682
kari.plog@thenewstribune.com
@KariPlog 

May
17th

Three incumbents face challengers in Milton mayor, City Council elections

Philip (Marty) Lelli, Jr. filed to challenge incumbent Mayor Debra Perry in Milton, according to the Pierce County elections website.

City Council members Todd Morton and Bryan W. Ott also face challengers.

Cheryl Reid-Simons filed for Council Position 3 against Ott, and Leonard Sanderson filed for Position 5 versus Morton.

Also, council members Lois Zaroudny and  Bart Taylor are running unopposed for Council Position 1 and 2.

Kari Plog: 253-597-8682
kari.plog@thenewstribune.com
@KariPlog