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Candidates for elective office will begin filing Monday

By Kevin Hanson, The Courier-Herald

The Plateau's future political landscape will begin taking shape next week, when candidates for the fall elections file their intentions.

The statewide, five-day filing period begins Monday morning.

Enumclaw City Council

Three seats will be decided in the fall, and all three incumbents have said they'll be filing next week. Voters will fill Position 2 (now held by Glen Jensen), Position 4 (Jeff Beckwith) and Position 6 (Jim Hogan).

Jensen is in the final year of a full, four-year term, while the others are relatively new to the council. Beckwith was appointed nine months ago and Hogan was appointed just last month.

Buckley City Council

Four seats are up for grabs in the fall: Position 4 (Kim Walthers), Position 5 (Norm Irons), Position 6 (Jan Twardoski) and Position 7 (Pat Johnson). All elections will be for four-year terms.

Black Diamond City Council

Three council seats will be on the fall ballot: Position 1 (now held by Mario Sorci), Position 3 (Mike Cline) and Position 5 (George McPherson). All are for full four-year terms.

Wilkeson Town Council

Four seats will be decided in the fall: Position 1 (Jim Walker), Position 2 (vacant), Position 4 (Dale Perry) and Position 5 (Jean Finney). The election for positions 1 and 2 will be to fill the remaining two years of a full term; the races for positions 4 and 5 will be for full, four-year terms. The Position 2 seat came vacant with the recent resignation of Jerry Loran.

South Prairie Town Council

Four seats will be decided. To be contested are Position 1 (now held by Anthony Caldwell), Position 2 (Robert Stanbury), Position 4 (Barbara Wigton) and Position 5 (Arlynn Caldwell). Position 5 is on the ballot as a two-year term, while the others are for complete, four-year terms.

Enumclaw School Board

Three seats are up for election in the fall. Unlike Plateau cities - where all positions are "at large" - Enumclaw's board members represent specific geographic areas. Boundary lines meander, so anyone interested should check with the school district's administration office to determine in which district they reside. Board seats on the ballot will be Director District 1 (now filled by Nancy Merrill), Director District 3 (Dale Holland) and Director District 4 (Lorianne Taff).

District 1 takes in the unincorporated areas north and east of Enumclaw (including Palmer and Cumberland) along with a portion of the city, mostly on the east side. District 3's boundaries are 236th Avenue Southeast to the west, Southeast 416th on the north and Porter Street on the east, and the district includes much of the city of Enumclaw. District 4 includes Black Diamond and the area around Westwood Elementary.

White River School Board

Two seats - Director District 2 (now held by Susan McGuire) and Director District 5 (Jean Lacy) - will be decided in the fall elections.

District 2 takes in much of the area south or state Route 410, but does not include the towns of South Prairie or Wilkeson. District 5 includes much of the territory north of 410 and part of Buckley (near Wickersham School of Discovery).

The district administration office should be contact for exact boundaries.

Carbonado School Board

Up for election in the fall will be four seats on the school board: Position 1 (now filled by Michelle Bickler); Position 3 (Jim Hall); Position 4 (Dave Bentley); and Position 5 (Sue McBride).

Carbonado's board seats are "at large" - there are no geographic boundaries separating director districts - so anyone can run for any seat.

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