Pamela Harding withdraws from Enumclaw City Council race

The election for Enumclaw City Council Position No. 1 narrowed at the Monday, Aug. 12, council meeting when Pam Harding announced she has withdrawn from the race against Morgan Irwin.

Harding said she had contacted King County Elections and requested her statement of withdrawal be placed in the voter’s guide.

Despite her statement of withdrawal her name will appear on the general election ballot.

According to King County Elections spokeswoman Kim Van Ekstrom the last day for a candidate to withdraw was May 20.

“Her name will appear on the ballot and, if elected, she would then choose not to accept the position and that city would follow their process for replacing the position until it next comes up for election,” Van Ekstrom said.

During public comment Harding said, “I must reluctantly withdraw my candidacy for Enumclaw City Council.”

After the meeting Harding said she recently started a new job after two years of unemployment and the demands of the job have increased.

During public comment Harding said, “My professional life has grown to an extent where I cannot provide the time that is required of an effective council member.”

Harding said she is, “confident that the other candidate will do a fine job.”