Duclos, Elder join city council race

Mirror staff reports

Dini Duclos and Hope Elder announced their candidacies for the Federal Way City Council.

• Duclos is a Federal Way resident and CEO of Multi-Service Center, a local nonprofit community action agency. She will vie for the council seat vacancy left by outgoing councilman Dean McColgan.

As vice chairwoman of the Federal Way Planning Commission, Duclos is also a past chair for the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce board of directors, the Federal Way Parks and Recreation Committee, and Federal Way Rotary.

“It is important that we create policy that strengthens small business ad that we encourage people to shop locally. This means attracting more business to Federal Way and planning our growth sensibly,” Duclos said in a news release. She also voices support for a performing arts center in Federal Way as well as a strong police department.

Duclos will kick off her campaign at 4 p.m. June 19 at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club, 3583 S.W. 320th St.

• Elder is a former city council member and is current chairwoman of the Federal Way Planning Commission. She formerly held a position with the Federal Way Community Caregiving Network board, for which she now coordinates their Steel Lake Monday Night Supper.

Prior to Federal Way’s incorporation as a city, she was a chairwoman for the Federal Way Community Council as well as a Family Fest board member.

Elder is also a graduate of the King County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy and the Federal Way Police Department’s Citizens Academy. Both of her children graduated from Federal Way High School.

To learn more about Elder, e-mail

• Last month, Renee Maher announced her candidacy to run for the open city council seat. Maher, a former prosecutor as well as the widow of Federal Way police officer Patrick Maher, lost the race for State Senate in District 30 last year.

Aside from being an advocate for public safety, Maher would like to see more of a bridge between the city council and Federal Way School District.

In addition, three city council incumbents will seek re-election this year.

Council member Jack Dovey, Mayor Mike Park and Deputy Mayor Jim Ferrell have announced their intent to run.

Filing for city council elections is due the first week in June, with a primary scheduled for August. A primary date was not known as of press time.

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