2023 city council, school board elections teed up

Filing week is over and candidates for office are locked in.

The applications are in, and every open seat on the Federal Way city council and school board will be challenged this November.

Filing week ended May 19, and May 22 was the last chance to withdraw. Candidates for office in Washington State are now locked in.

Four seats on the city council and the three on the school district board are up for election this year. Each has two candidates, except for District 2 on the school board — which means it will be the only local race with a candidate edged out by the August primary.

As a reminder, the primary election narrows races down to the top two candidates. The general election is in November.

Here’s who’s filed for office:

Federal Way City Council

Position 1: Lydia Assefa-Dawson (incumbent), Mark Greene

Position 3: Susan Honda (incumbent), Roger Flygare

Position 5: Jack Walsh (incumbent), Katherine Festa

Position 7: Linda Kochmar (incumbent), Denise Yun

Federal Way School Board of Directors

District 2: Jennifer Jones (incumbent), Daniel Kukhar, Robert Ribaudo

District 3: Luckisha Phillips (incumbent), Christopher Dowllar

District 5: Gavin Downing, Joan Marie Murphy

South King Fire & Rescue Commissioners

Position 4: Mark Thompson (incumbent), Gregory Baruso

Position 5: Craig Burrus (Running unopposed)

Lakehaven Water & Sewer District Commissioner

Position 1: Leonard (Len) Englund (incumbent, running unopposed)

2023 elections timeline

July 11: Voter pamphlets are mailed for the August primary election.

August 1: Primary election day. Ballots must be postmarked by this day or returned to a ballot box by 8 p.m.

November 7: General election day. Ballots must be postmarked by this day or retuarned to a ballot box by 8 p.m.

November 28: The general election is certified.