Federal Way election: Honda, Celski, Duclos win council; unopposed school board race is tied

Susan and Bruce Honda react to the news that she is winning the race for Federal Way City Council position 3. - Andy Hobbs/The Mirror
Susan and Bruce Honda react to the news that she is winning the race for Federal Way City Council position 3.
— image credit: Andy Hobbs/The Mirror

For the 2011 general election in Federal Way, early results show newcomers Susan Honda and Bob Celski winning seats on the city council, with incumbent Dini Duclos earning re-election to the council.

Voters also picked Claire Wilson for school board. However, the race for school board position 3 is in a statistical dead heat between Danny Peterson and Liz Drake — even though Drake pulled out of the race last month to become principal at Thomas Jefferson High School.

For South King Fire and Rescue, incumbent commissioners Mark Thompson and Jim Fossos won re-election. Tim McClain was elected to the Lakehaven Utility District board of commissioners.

Initiative 1183, the controversial liquor privatization measure, is passing with more than 60 percent of the statewide vote.

Results for this all-mail election will be certified Nov. 30. Visit for more information. Click here to check out a few election night photos from the Scoreboard Pub as well as the Honda and Celski gatherings.

Results as of 4:21 p.m. Nov. 9 (Ballots cast/registered voters: 11,565/39,776 or 29.07 percent):

Federal Way City Council

• Position 1: Jim Ferrell, the incumbent, ran unopposed. (97.92 percent)

• Position 3: Susan Honda (58.68 percent) over Roger Flygare (40.95 percent). These two candidates seek the council seat vacated by Mike Park. Honda serves as chairwoman of the Federal Way Arts Commission and Federal Way Diversity Commission. She has served as a member of the Boys and Girls Club board of directors; an adult leader in the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts; PTA council president; and on school levy organizations.

Flygare thanked the community and his opponent in a post-election night concession statement.

"I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the residents for greeting me at their doorways throughout Federal Way. It has been an opportunity I will not soon forget," Flygare said "As a newcomer in the political scene in Federal Way, I am heartened by the glad tidings people bestowed upon all candidates and the friendly atmosphere generally experienced no matter the venue, ranging from several debates to sidewalk sign waving."

"My vision of Federal Way has been irreversibly altered in a good way," Flygare added.

Celski• Position 5: Bob Celski (54.3 percent) over incumbent Jack Dovey (45.3 percent). Celski is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served in the U.S. Army for more than a decade. Celski spent 15 years in the petroleum industry in management and executive positions, and has been running his own small business in Federal Way.

Dovey conceded the race to Celski on November 10, saying it's been a good 14 years serving the citizens of Federal Way.

"I want to personally thank all of the citizens who have supported me in the past and ask that you give Bob the same support," Dovey said. "It has been a great 14 years and an honor and a privilege to servie you."

Dovey also thanked his fellow council members, many of whom have been with him on the council for just as long.

"I want to thank my fellow council members who have worked with me over the years to make Federal Way a great place to live. I am confident our next council will continue to build on our past accomplishments," he said. "All of us can look back and be thankful for the positive progress Federal Way has made. As we look forward, I know we have a great future."

• Position 7: Dini Duclos (55.8 percent) over Keith Tyler (43.7 percent). Duclos, the incumbent, is CEO of the Multi-Service Center. She was first elected to the council in November 2007. She was appointed deputy mayor in January 2010.

Duclos thanked the voters and Tyler for a clean campaign.

"I want to thank the voters of our City for the support and I look forward to representing their needs and the needs of the city for the next four years," Duclos said. "I also want to thank my opponent for running his campaign in a positive and professional manner as we had both agreed upon."

Federal Way School Board

• Position 2: Claire Wilson (64.79 percent) over Gail Crabtree (34.59 percent). This position is being vacated by current board member Suzanne Smith. Wilson is currently executive director of early learning for Puget Sound Educational Service District, where she has worked almost 20 years.

Wilson looks forward to her new position on the school board and the opportunities it brings to help Federal Way students.

"I look forward to what lies ahead and will work towards opening lines of two-way communication, and continuing the work already begun strengthening outcomes and opportunities for all students," Wilson said.

Crabtree was gracious in her concession to Wilson.

"I want to thank everyone who helped on my campaign," Crabtree said. "It was an opportunity to meet many nice people in Federal Way. Best wishes to Claire Wilson as a new Director on the School Board. May our students succeed at every level and graduate."

• Position 3: A handful of votes separates Danny Peterson (49.86 percent; 7,329 votes) and Liz Drake (49.69 percent; 7,303 votes). This race is too close to call. Drake ended her campaign in October to accept a job as principal of Thomas Jefferson High School. If Drake wins the election and declines the office, the school board will appoint someone to the position, which is being vacated by current board member Amye Bronson-Doherty.

• Position 5: Tony Moore, the incumbent, ran ufossos.thompsonnopposed. (98.1 percent)

South King Fire and Rescue board of commissioners

• Position 4: Mark Thompson (88.46 percent) over Timolin Abrom (11.08 percent). Thompson was first elected in 1999, and is deputy fire marshal for King County Fire Marshal Office.

• Position 5: James Fossos (56.23 percent) over Jerry Galland (43.4 percent). Fossos was originally elected in 1993, starting in Des Moines before the merger that created SKFR.

While Galland certainly has an uphill battle, the outspoken candidate felt things could still turn around as of Wednesday.

"Receiving 45 percent against an entrenched incumbent is an early indication that more votes will be cast in my favor," Galland said. "This is extremely encouraging considering the expensive and heavy opposition from all fronts, including not having the endorsement of The Mirror."

"I eagerly await more results being posted on a daily basis. Let's all look forward to a turn around," Galland added.

Lakehaven Utility District board of commissioners

• Position 1: Len Englund, the incumbent, ran unopposed. (98.82 percent)

• Position 4: Timothy McClain (62.79 percent) over Louise Wessel (36.79 percent). McClain, the incumbent, was appointed to the board of commissioners for a vacancy in 2010.

McClain thanked the voters for the continued confidence in his leadership.

"I wish to sincerely thank the voters in the Lakehaven Utility District for having the confidence in my abilities to allow me to continue to represent them as a Commissioner," he said.


• Initiative 1125: Tolls and highway taxes (Tim Eyman's initiative). Failing, 60.37 percent.

• Initiative 1163: Training, background checks for long-term health workers. Passing, 64.55 percent.

• Initiative 1183: Privatizes sale of beer, wine and hard liquor. Passing, 61.1 percent.


Click here to view a short slideshow from Election Day 2011 in Federal Way.

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