ELECTION 2013: Mark Koppang seeks city council seat

Mark Koppang - Courtesy photo
Mark Koppang
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Mirror staff reports:

Mark Koppang has announced his bid for election to the Federal Way City Council position two. He will run against Kelly Maloney, who was appointed to the council seat in January.

Koppang is a member of the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce. According to a news release, his primary focus has been on service, becoming a member of the Kiwanis as well as leading a number of volunteer parks projects and working with Habitat for Humanity.

Koppang is a national accounts manager for Ampac and has been involved with his church and the Marine Hills swim club board. He also serves on three city commissions: Parks and Recreation, Civil Service, and Independent Salary Review.

According to a news release, Koppang’s priorities will be on public safety, quality of life, and transforming the downtown by promoting policies that stimulate economic development.

Koppang and his wife of 26 years have lived in Federal Way with two children since 1996. To learn more, email or visit

Koppang and Maloney were among 20 applicants for the two council seats vacated in January by Linda Kochmar and Roger Freeman, who were elected to the state House. Maloney and Diana Noble-Gulliford were selected for the two positions. Koppang also ran for city council position 3 in 2011, but lost in the primary.

Filing deadline for candidates is May 13-17.

In other council election news:

• Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest and Deputy Mayor Jim Ferrell will face off for the mayor's job. So far, Priest and Ferrell are the only two candidates to enter the mayor race.

• For city council position six, Martin Moore and Ryan Miller have declared their candidacies. Diana Noble-Gulliford was appointed to the seat in January and has not yet announced whether she will run to keep the seat.

• Jeanne Burbidge has announced her bid for re-election to position four. She was first elected in 1997, and served as appointed mayor during her second term in 2002.

• South King Fire and Rescue Commissioner Bill Gates announced his bid for re-election for position one. He was first elected to the board in 2001 and was re-elected in 2007.


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