City Council candidates prepare for primary

Primary elections are just around the corner.

Candidates for Federal Way City Council Position No. 7 spoke of their plans for public service during a forum at the monthly Federal Way Chamber luncheon, which was held Wednesday at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club.

Dini Duclos, Hope Elder, Eric Stavney and Troy Smith will face off in the council race's lone primary on Aug. 21. All four seek the council seat being vacated by Dean McColgan, who will step down from service to spend more time with his family.

General elections are scheduled for Nov. 6.

Highline Community College professor Dr. T.M. Sell moderated the forum, in which three of the four candidates answered questions regarding their vision for city council service. Smith did not attend Wednesday's forum and could not be reached for comment as of press time.

Duclos, Elder and Stavney all provided examples of solid community involvement and showed support for several Federal Way concerns such as public safety and the performing arts.

Stavney, a DeVry University biology professor, believes his experience as an educator and community activist will complement his collaborative leadership style.

"We're united in the idea that we want the best for the city," he said. "I believe in building trust and working together, and the process of decision making is as important as the final decision."

Elder, a former city council member whose community involvement roots go back 25 years, cites her overall experience as an asset.

"I just want to continue being a part of it," she said. "There are so many things coming up that we started before this city was formed."

Duclos, the CEO of Multi-Service Center, noted her well-rounded approach to community involvement that includes work on the city Planning Commission and Proposition 1.

"I really listen to people," she said. "I do it in everything I've been involved with."

Other city council races

• Mayor Mike Park and Deputy Mayor Jim Ferrell will run for their respective city council seats (position numbers 3 and 1, respectively) unopposed. They will move directly to the general election ballot.

• Current council member Jack Dovey will run against Roger Freeman, an attorney in Federal Way, for city council position number 5. They will move directly to the general election ballot.

School board races

• Ron Walker and current board member Dave Larson will compete for Federal Way School Board position number 5 in the general election Nov. 6. Patricia Venable has withdrawn from the race, so there will not be a primary election for this position.

• Len Englund and Suzanne Smith will run for position number 2. Charlie Hoff, who currently holds this board postion, will not seek re-election. The candidates for this race will not appear on the primary ballot and will move on to the general election ballot.

• Amye Bronson-Doherty and current board member Evelyn Castellar will vie for position number 3. The candidates for this race will not appear on the primary ballot and will move on to the general election ballot.

Fire and utility

• The race for South King Fire and Rescue commissioner position number one includes John Rickert, Bill Gates and Gary Bollinger. A primary election will be held Aug. 21.

• Lakehaven Utility District commissioner candidates include Don Miller for position number 2; Charles Gibson and Chris Brown for position 3; Edward Steward for position 4; and Ronald Nowicki for position 5.

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