15 apply for open City Council seat


Staff writer

The number of Federal Way citizens vying for a spot on the Federal Way City Council has reached 15 — and includes green politicians and veteran city leaders alike — but only one ultimately will be chosen to finish out the self-described “snarling pitbull’s” term.

The lucky candidate will replace former position 5 councilman Michael Hellickson, who resigned Nov. 22 — after casting one of two dissenting votes on the 2003-04 budget — to move his family to Lake Tapps.

The remaining council members will interview the candidates and make an appointment by Jan. 13.

Whomever the council chooses will serve until the end of Hellickson’s term, which expires Dec. 31, 2003. He or she will have to run for the office then to retain it.

A few of the candidates who have submitted applications to the City Clerk so far have been active in the city for several years, including:

• Art Hagberg, who serves on the board of the Federal Way Kiwanis.

• Michael Maine, who ran as a Democrat in the 2000 race against former 30th District Republican Rep. Maryann Mitchell, who retired this year. Mitchell won the election with 60 percent of the vote. Maine now serves on the city’s Civil Service Commission.

• C.T. Purdom, who most recently served as the vice-chairman of the city’s Municipal Facility Advisory Committee, which just released its final siting and cost recommendations to the City Council.

• Jack Dovey, chairman of the Municipal Facility Advisory Committee, is himself a former councilman and is an active past president of the Federal Way Kiwanis.

The other candidates, on some of whom information was unavailable, are Tyree Forest, Joseph Henry, Pat Godfrey, Donovan Shortridge, Eric Stavny, Timothy Holderman, Darryl Mitchell, Stephen Jacobson, Alana Summers and Helen Graves.

Graves, a 15-year Federal Way resident and former real estate broker, said her main priority for the council, should she be appointed, is to “get on with business to benefit the people.”

“I just want what’s best for everyone,” she said.

And what’s best for everyone?

“Just to make a strong community,” she said.

The City Clerk is still accepting applications for the position 5 seat on the Federal Way City Council until Tuesday, Dec. 31. Interested applicants must be registered voters and must have resided within the city limits for one year before taking office. Monthly pay for council members is $750.

Applications are available at City Hall, on the city’s Web site at and by contacting the City Clerk’s office at 661-4070.

Staff writer Erica Jahn can be reached at 925-5565 and

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