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EDITORIAL: Endorsements for 2013 primary election
The top two candidates in the Aug. 6 primary election will advance to the general election in November. Below are endorsements by The Mirror’s editorial board for three contested primary races in Federal Way.
Federal Way City Council pos. 2
Of the three candidates in this race, The Mirror endorses Kelly Maloney and Mark Koppang.
Maloney and Koppang are actively engaged in Federal Way civic life. Both candidates have demonstrated a commitment to volunteering. Koppang is involved with the city’s parks and recreation commission and the civil service commission, and has served on a number of community boards. Maloney was appointed to the council in January to fill a vacant position, and had previously distinguished herself by volunteering her marketing expertise to help lure businesses to Federal Way.
The third candidate, Anthony Murrietta, has solid credentials as Teamsters union leader, but lacks engagement in Federal Way civic life.
Maloney and Koppang present a stronger understanding of the nuances involved with public policy and economic development. They are hungry to solve Federal Way’s problems while building on what the city is doing right.
Federal Way City Council pos. 6
Of the three candidates in this race, The Mirror endorses Diana Noble-Gulliford and Martin Moore. Noble-Gulliford and Moore are engaged in public life, and have demonstrated the most passion for improving Federal Way. With more than 40 years of experience in community service, Noble-Gulliford has watched the city “grow up.” She has a seasoned perspective on the challenges the city faces, and that is one reason she was appointed to fill a vacant council seat in January. Long before he became a candidate, Moore was busy volunteering and helping to improve the city behind the scenes. Moore has a contagious enthusiasm for serving constituents.
The third candidate, Ryan Miller, has a lot of potential based on his involvement with the lodging tax committee, but is overshadowed by the other two candidates’ eagerness to engage the public.
Noble-Gulliford and Moore have consistently served the community for years, and this commitment makes them the strongest candidates for position 6.
Federal Way School Board pos. 4
Of the three candidates vying for the school board seat that’s being vacated by Angela Griffin, The Mirror endorses Medgar Wells and Carol Gregory. Wells and Gregory have backgrounds in education. Wells and Gregory have also devoted their careers to education. Wells has served as a teacher, principal and administrator in public and private schools. Gregory has served as a teacher and administrator, and has experience with education policy at the state and county levels.
The third candidate, K. Lance Barton, has good intentions for the school district, but can’t compete with the experiences of the other two candidates in the world of education.
In a school district with limited financial resources, the school board needs candidates who understand how to apply those limited resources and help children succeed. Wells and Gregory are best equipped to address the challenges that come with the cultural and socioeconomic diversity of Federal Way schools.