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Here come the candidates for fall election

10:20 am May 9th, 2013

Candidates for Eatonville mayor and Town Council, Eatonville School Board and Bethel School Board will file next week for this fall’s election.
Also signing up during the five-day filing period will be contenders for fire commissioner and water commissioner in local districts.
There are no races for county, state or federal offices.
The elections department in the Pierce County auditor’s office will accept candidacies Monday throuigh Friday. Offices that attract at least three candidates will be on the primary eleciton ballot Aug. 6, with the top two finishers advancing to the general election Nov. 5. Offices with two candidates or one will only be on the November ballot.
The office of mayor, now held by Ray Harper,and two Town Council seats are up for election in Eatonville. Council Position 1 is currently filled by Gordon Bowman, while Bob Schaub is the Position 2 incumbent. All three offices carry four-year terms.
Three Bethel School Board positions are on the ballot. All are held by appointees – Warren Smith (District 1), Stanley Chapin (District 3) and Michael Audas (District 4) – who replaced board members who resigned. The terms for the seats held by Smith and Chapin are expiring this year, so they would have been up for grabs regardless of the resignations. Audas’ seat has two years left on its term, scheduled through 2015, but the resignation sent it to the ballot early.
Eatonville School Board has three positions available. Two are at-large and filled by Jeff Lucas and Ronda Litzenberger. The third, District 2, is occupied by Bob Homan. The at-large seats will be voted on by the entire district, while the race for Homan’s post will be decided by voters living in the area designated as District 2.
Lucas was appointed last year to the seat that Kirk Heinz resigned. The term isn’t over until the end of 2015, but the seat is up for election this year. The terms for Litzenberger and Homan expire this year.
Three offices of South Pierce Fire and Rescue commissioner – now held by Olivia Werner, John Christian and Roy Kadow – are up for election.
Graham Fire and Rescue and Fire District 23 each have one seat facing voters. The incumbents are Verne Pierson in Graham and Alan Nelson in District 23, which serves the Alder and Ashford areaa.
Fire commissioners serve six-year terms.
Five water district – Ashford, Clear Lake, Elbe, Kapowsin and McKenna – will have commissioner seats that are going before voters. They include:
• Ashford Water District Positions 1, 2 and 3, now held by Rick Johnson, Steve Miller and Ryan Mettler, respectively.
• Clear Lake Water District Positions 2 and 3. The current officeholders are Dean Pitsch and Gary Pessemier, respectively.
• Elbe Water District Positions 2 and 3, whose incumbents are Julie Clark and Gayle Adams.
• Kapowsin Water District Position 1, now held by Glenn Mattison.
• McKenna Water District Position 2, currently held by Michael Meridith.

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