Those who might have kicked around the idea of running for local public office have a prime opportunity this year. Four seats on the Enumclaw City Council will be up for grabs, along with the mayor’s post.
Potential candidates have almost nine weeks to make a decision, as the official filing period is the week of May 13-17.
Of the council seats to be decided, at least one will have no incumbent in place. Veteran Councilman Mike Ennis will not be running for re-election to his Position 5 seat. He announced his decision to step aside during the Jan. 28 meeting of the City Council.
Also during that meeting, Kyle Diercks was appointed to the Position 3 seat on the council. The post had been vacant since mid-November, when veteran councilman Kevin Mahelona died. Diercks’ appointment is good only through the end of the year, meaning his seat will be contested during this year’s campaign season.
Other councilmen whose terms expire with the end of the calendar year are Glen Jensen in Position 1 and Sean Krebs in Position 7.
Mayor Liz Reynolds also is in the final year of her term and would need to be re-elected to serve past 2013.
Asked about her future plans, Reynolds noted by email: “It is very early in the year and at the appropriate time I will issue a statement to the community regarding my decision.”