Reynolds announces bid for mayor

Enumclaw’s campaign season got off to a rousing start March 25 when Councilwoman Liz Reynolds announced her candidacy for mayor.

Enumclaw’s campaign season got off to a rousing start March 25 when Councilwoman Liz Reynolds announced her candidacy for mayor.

Her announcement came during a “Business After Hours” event hosted by the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce at the Arts Alive! Gallery.

Thus far, Reynolds is the only candidate for the city’s top office. Contacted last week, two-term Mayor John Wise said he was not ready to make a statement regarding his campaign plans.

In a prepared release, Reynolds made it clear she is not happy with the direction the Wise administration has taken the city.

“Our city is in a state of decline and many issues need to be addressed,” she said through the release. She listed her priorities as implementing plans to address city core services, rebuilding failing infrastructure, building strong partnerships across all sectors and creating transparency and accountability in government.

“It has been an interesting few months,” Reynolds said, explaining the thought process that led her to run. “Deciding to do this takes a lot of introspection. There’s a lot of things you look at.”

Reynolds said the idea of seeking the city’s top office was generated by a groundswell of public support.

“For the past year or so, I’ve been receiving a lot of community input,” she said. “There’s not a day goes by that someone doesn’t ask me about running.”

In the end, Reynolds said, she launched a campaign because “there’s been overwhelming support from the community asking me to run.”

She makes it clear she’s running for the office of mayor – and not running just to unseat Wise.

The question she asked, and answered, of herself was, “Do I want to be mayor and can I do a good job?” When she answered in the affirmative, she began making plans to run.

When she ran for City Council four years ago, Reynolds appealed to voters with her “Liz Listens” slogan. She’s continuing that theme as she seeks the mayor’s post, announcing that she will soon launch a Web site dedicated to her campaign, www.lizlistens.com.

She calls her campaign strategy a “we” approach.

“It’s time to move forward together,” she said. “The citizens of Enumclaw have proven their commitment to their community, now it’s time for their city government to prove its commitment to them.”

Reynolds’ candidacy is particularly intriguing because two fellow council members are playing an active role in her campaign. Councilman Mike Ennis is serving as her campaign manager and Councilman Kevin Mahelona is handling campaign finances.

A former chef and working artist, Reynolds is known throughout Enumclaw in a variety of roles. Aside from fulfilling her council duties, she operates her Traveling Chef business and remains active in the arts community.

More in News

Hardhats and heavy equipment continue to dot school grounds

Many students on the Plateau and in the valley have a lot to look forward to in the near future.

Free construction classes help make community connections

Building Beyond the Walls, an Enumclaw-based non-profit, offers folks of all stripes a way to learn new skills and form long-lasting connections through volunteer work.

Human remains identified as those of missing Enumclaw man

Kristian Burnstad was last seen alive on Feb. 7, 2017.

Golden anniversary celebration held in former maternity home

It’s estimated more than 600 babies were born in the Mahlin Maternity Home, now known as the Le Sorelle Inn in Buckley.

Patrols to emphasize districted driving over the weekend | Washington State Patrol

Don’t contribute to the rising rate of crashes and distracted driving fatalities.

Save time by buying Mount Rainier passes online

Now you don’t have to wait in line — just print your pass and home and enjoy the majesty of the park.

Bonney Lake to take action on water rate increases

The sewer rate increase, however, looks to still be up for debate, and will be addressed at a later date in committee.

Black Diamond police get little chief, too

The Black Diamond Police Department honored Jack Reich as their Police Chief for a Day.

East Pierce hosting annual open house Sept. 29

Don’t miss out on the free, family fun activities and demonstrations, like tearing a car apart with the jaws of life.

Most Read