Full slate of incumbents in race


Staff writer

All four Federal Way City Council members up for re-election this fall will run to retain their seats.

Following announcements by Mary Gates and Michael Park earlier this month, Dean McColgan, who currently is serving as deputy mayor, and Jack Dovey threw their hats into this year’s race.

Council members serve in a non-partisan, at-large capacity for four-year terms. They are considered part-time city employees and receive $750 a month in compensation, with the exception of the council member tapped to be mayor, who receives $900 a month. Council members do not receive benefits.

McColgan, chairman of the city’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee and a member of the Land-Use and Transportation Committee, said economics will be the big issue for the city over the next couple of years.

“We need to consider the business climate and the general economy, some of which will have an impact on revenue,” McColgan said, though he added he hopes the region is “close to bottoming out” of the recession.

The first decade of Federal Way’s cityhood involved laying a foundation, he said. During the next decade, the city will have to respond to the growth that groundwork fostered.

It also will be important for city officials to keep businesses in the radar to ensure they’re not sinking under the weight of regulations and the bad economy, McColgan said.

“The business climate is still struggling. We need to be considerate of them, their budgets, their profits and losses,” he said. “We need to be aware of what the business community needs.”

Dovey, appointed after former councilman Michael Hellickson moved to Lake Tapps, decided he, too, wants to run to retain his seat.

A former council member (he was appointed in 1994 and served from 1995 to 1999), local small-business owner and member of the Parks, Recreation, Human Services and Public Safety Committee, Dovey said he brings an important perspective to the council.

He said the most important matter for the city over the next couple of years will be balancing revenue and expenses.

“That’s going to the toughest thing,” he said. “The strategies we used before aren’t going to work in the future. We’re going to have to be very fiscally conscious. It’s going to be a real balancing act for everybody.”

He said representation is the big issue for local business owners.

“They want to have a voice. They don’t expect the council to always vote for what they want. They just want to know they had a fair say,” he said.

Staff writer Erica Jahn: 925-5565,

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