Candidates file for Federal Way mayor, city council, school board and more

4 city council positions draw contenders; changes to come for school board directors, water district and fire commissioners.

As the King County elections filing deadline came to a close last Friday, several local community members tossed their hat in the ring for various positions serving Federal Way.

Federal Way voters have many choices to make for mayor, four city council positions, two school board directors, three fire commissioners and additional races at the local and county levels.

Filing week closed at 5 p.m. May 21. Candidates are competing in the Aug. 3 primary elections, and the top two candidates of each race will advance to the general election in November. Races with two or fewer candidates will be decided in the general election.

Federal Way mayor, city council

In Federal Way’s mayoral race, incumbent Jim Ferrell is seeking his third four-year term as mayor and is running against perennial candidate Mark Greene. Ferrell was first elected mayor in 2014.

For Federal Way City Council Position 2, incumbent councilmember Greg Baruso is challenged by Erica Norton. Baruso was appointed to the council in March 2020.

Three candidates are in the running for Federal Way City Council Position 4, including incumbent councilmember Hoang Tran, Katherine Festa, and Daniel Miller. Tran, Federal Way’s first Vietnamese-American councilmember, was first elected in 2017.

Battling for Federal Way City Council Position 5 is incumbent councilmember Leandra Craft, who was appointed in October 2020, against local small business owner Jack Walsh.

Four candidates are vying for Federal Way City Council Position 6, including incumbent councilmember Martin Moore. Challengers include Adrienne Obregon, Renae Seam, and former Federal Way Mayor Jack Dovey.

Municipal court, county council

For the City of Federal Way Municipal Court judge positions, Judge Rebecca Robertson is running for Position 1 and Judge Dave Larson is running for Position 2.

At the county level, two Federal Way residents are seeking a spot on the King County Council. Candidates running for King County Council District 7, which includes Federal Way and Auburn, are incumbent councilmember Pete von Reichbauer, Federal Way City Councilmember Lydia Assefa-Dawson, Federal Way resident and King County community corrections director Saudia Abdullah, and Dominique Torgerson of Kent.

Federal Way School Board

The Federal Way Public Schools board is in for some changes as Board President and District 1 Director Geoffery McAnalloy is not seeking re-election.

In the running for FWPS board District 1 are Tiffany LaFontaine and Quentin Morris.

Federal Way School Board District 4 has four candidates seeking election, including incumbent Trudy Davis, Janis Clark, Jenny Gallagher, and Jim Storvick.

South King Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners

The South King Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners has three positions up for election.

In Position 2, incumbent Bill Fuller is facing Julian Martinez. Fuller was first elected in November 2015.

Seeking Position 3 is Caroline Vadino. Commissioner John Rickert, who has served Federal Way for 32 years and was first elected to the board in 2009, did not file for re-election.

Commissioner Dave Berger is seeking re-election to Position 5 and has no opponents. Berger was appointed to the board in March 2020.

Lakehaven Water and Sewer District commissioners

Three Lakehaven commission positions are up for grabs this year. Incumbent Peter Sanchez is seeking re-election for Position 3. Sanchez was first elected in 2016.

For Position 4, incumbent Laura Belvin is challenged by Sheley Anderson. Belvin was appointed to the board in January 2020.

Running for Position 5 are Jeremy DelMar and Liz Olhsson.

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