Politicos gear up for filing


By Kevin Hanson

The Courier-Herald

The face of Plateau government could change in the fall, as seats are coming vacant on city councils, school boards and fire boards throughout the region.

Of course, election time often means things stay the same, as candidates are sometimes hard to come by.

A vital step in the representative process comes July 25-29, the statewide filing period for elective office. Anyone wishing to run for office in the fall must file that week at their local county elections office.

The following is a look at elective offices that will be on the ballot either during September's primary or the Nov. 8 general election.

City of Enumclaw: On the ballot will be the mayor's post and four seats on the City Council. Incumbent Mayor John Wise has announced his plan to run for re-election and he'll have at least one opponent: Sean Krebs, a two-term city councilman, is actively campaigning for the job.

Krebs' position on the council is due for re-election and will be filled by a newcomer.

Also up for re-election are Jennifer Krebs, Kevin Mahelona and Mike Ennis. Jennifer Krebs will not run again, so there will be at least two new faces on the council next year. Both Mahelona and Ennis have indicated they'll be seeking re-election.

Positions on the Enumclaw City Council are at-large, meaning council seats are not tied to geographical districts.

City of Buckley: The mayor's post, along with three seats on the City Council, are up for grabs. And it's shaping up to be an interesting campaign season in town.

Incumbent Mayor John Blanusa has indicated he'll file for another term and two current council members have said they'll challenge for the seat. Pat Johnson is midway through a four-year term on council and will retain her seat if her mayoral challenge is not successful. Randy Reed, however, is not seeking re-election, opting instead for the mayor's job.

Position 1 Councilwoman Zoe Krieger has decided she'll seek another term. But Marilyn Gregg will not file to retain her Position 2 post, meaning there will be at least two new faces on council next year.

City of Black Diamond: Voters will decide three city races in the fall, as the mayor's post will be on the ballot, plus two City Council posts. Incumbent Mayor Howard Botts, who has served the city 40 years as a member of the Planning Commission, City Council and mayor, announced last week he'll seek file to retain the job he's held for 22 years.

Position 2 incumbent Geoffrey Bowie will run for re-election. Position 4 incumbent Andrew Williamson could not be reached for comment.

City of Wilkeson: Voters will be busy, as the mayor's post and four of five spots on the City Council will be up for grabs. Incumbent Doug Paulson will run for another term as mayor and council members James Walker (Position 1) and Rebecca Gilbert (Position 5) will do the same. Position 3 Councilman Terry Endsley will run again, leaving one position vacant. Councilwoman Janet Kepka (Position 2) could not be reached.

Town of Carbonado: Two posts on the Town Council will be on the fall ballot. Position 2 Councilman Peter Strub said he will seek another term. Position 1 incumbent Benjamin Burbank could not be reached for comment.

Kevin Hanson can be reached at

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