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Candidate forums and coverage in Federal Way | Election 2009

Local elections, start your engines. Local voters, pay attention.

On July 29, ballots will be mailed for the Aug. 18 primary. Federal Way voters will decide on four races: City council position 6, municipal court judge position 1, King County executive, and South King Fire and Rescue (SKFR) board commissioner.

In addition, The Mirror and Federal Way Chamber of Commerce are hosting forums for local candidates.

The action begins with judicial and city council primary candidates at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, at Federal Way High School. All candidates have confirmed attendance. Coverage will follow.

Judicial candidates invited to participate in the forum: James A. Santucci, Mark S. Knapp, Rebecca C. Robertson, Williams Jarvis, Michael Morgan and Matthew York.

Candidates for city council position 6 invited to participate: Troy J. Smith, Roger Freeman, David St. John, Lorie Wood and Diana Noble-Gulliford.

For early risers, a forum featuring seven candidates for King County executive will run 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 28. The Mirror will report the forum in real time online through a live Twitter feed.

Candidates for executive are Larry Phillips, Fred Jarrett, Stan Lippmann, Alan Lobdell, Susan Hutchison, Dow Constantine, Ross Hunter and Goodspaceguy.

No forum has been scheduled for SKFR board commissioner primary candidates: Jerry P. Harris, J. Roger Hershey and John Rickert. However, The Mirror has contacted the candidates for an interview.

On Aug. 1, The Mirror will make recommendations for candidates in the primary elections. These recommendations are intended to serve as a guide for voters when considering the candidates. Stay tuned.

Candidate blogs

Local candidates can also communicate directly to the public through The Mirror's Web site.

Each candidate has been offered a blog. Candidates can post anything they wish, without any editorial oversight. Blogs will be linked from the front page of our site, and will be open to comments from readers. All comments will be allowed unless they violate our site's Terms of Use.

Coming soon

For the November election, the public can meet local candidates at the following public forums:

• Federal Way School Board and South King Fire and Rescue commissioner candidates. Forum will take place between Sept. 28 and Oct. 2 (time and date to be announced) at Federal Way High School's little theater.

• All three Federal Way City Council races: Forum will take place 11:30 to 1 p.m. Oct. 7 at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club during the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce monthly business luncheon. The club is located at 3583 SW 320th St.

• Lakehaven Utility District candidates and all Federal Way Municipal Court candidates: Breakfast forum, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Oct. 13 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 31910 Gateway Center Blvd. S. (just off I-5 at the South 320th Street exit).

• South Sound Young Professionals candidate forum: October (time and date to be announced).

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