Filing period near
By KEVIN HANSON
Enumclaw Courier Herald Senior Writer, Editor
May 19, 2009 · Updated 11:06 PM
Those who have been weighing the pros and cons of running for public office have just a couple of weeks to make a decision, as the official filing period for the fall elections kicks off June 1.
In county offices across the state – and online in some places – incumbents and newcomers alike will have five days to throw their political hats into the ring. Filing comes to an end with the close of the June 5 work day.
If more than two candidates file for a position, they will be involved in an Aug. 18 primary election. Where there are only two candidates, both advance to the Nov. 3 general election.
There is plenty to be decided in Enumclaw, with four seats on the City Council up for grabs and a highly-visible mayoral race already gaining political traction.
Mayor John Wise is coming to the end of his second four-year term and has already announced his desire to be elected to a third term. City Councilwoman Liz Reynolds announced in late March she will challenge Wise for the post.
Reynolds’ Position 1 seat on the council will be available, as will the Position 3 seat now held by Kevin Mahelona, the Position 5 seat occupied by Mike Ennis and the Position 7 seat held by Jeff Coats.
Contacted last week, Ennis and Coats said they have not decided if they will seek re-election, although Ennis admitted to be “strongly leaning” toward seeking another term.
Mahelona was not contacted
The three remaining members of the Enumclaw City Council – Richard Elfers, Jeff Beckwith and Jim Hogan – are in the middle of terms and will not be up for re-election until 2011.
Four seats on the Buckley City Council as well as the mayor’s position will be decided during the fall elections.
Mayor Pat Johnson has made public her plans to seek re-election and there have been no announced opponents.
Also on the ballot will be races for council Position 1, now occupied by Randy Reed; Position 2, Christy Boyle-Barrett; Position 3, Sandy Ramsey; Position 5, Melissa Patson; and Position 7, Mark McNally.
McNally and Ramsey had not announced their intentions as of Friday; the other three have indicated they will file for re-election.
The remaining council members, James Mont-gomery and Jan Twardowski, have another year remaining in their terms.Contact Enumclaw Courier Herald Senior Writer, Editor Kevin Hanson at email@example.com or 360-802-8205.