Challengers for Bonney Lake elected office pop up late in filing week

A series of last-day candidate filings have heated up the races for elected office in Bonney Lake.

A series of last-day candidate filings have heated up the races for elected office in Bonney Lake.

For the majority of the Pierce County Auditor‘s May 13 to May 17 filing period for the August primary election, it appeared the incumbents would run unchallenged for the mayor’s seat and the three seats on City Council. Now, two council seats will see two-candidate races in November, and three candidates for the mayor’s office will go to the August primary election.

In Washington state elections, the top two performers in August primary elections move on to the November general election.

For mayor, Neil Johnson Jr. will run for a third term in office. His challengers for the seat are Councilman James Rackley and Mike Munson, the owner of freight shipping and trucking company West Coast Chippers.

Rackley is presently serving his fourth consecutive term as a city councilman.

For Council Position No. 3, incumbent and deputy mayor Dan Swatman will run against James “Kelly” McClimans Sr., a member of the Families For A Responsible Bonney Lake and opponent of the failed measure to institute a Metropolitan Park District.

For Council Position No. 6, incumbent Donn Lewis will be challenged by Shawnta Mulligan, the treasurer of Families For A Responsible Bonney Lake.

The primary election will take place August 6. The general election will take place November 5.

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