Eatonville Mayor Ray Harper won’t run for re-election this fall, but he will try to return to the Town Council.
Harper, who was a council member before being elected mayor in 2009, filed Wednesday as a candidate for Position 2 on the council. He said he wants to step away from the more intensive duties of mayor, but believes his experience would be valuable as a councilman.
The current Position 2 councilman is Bob Schaub, who hasn’t filed for re-election. He’s the father of town Treasurer Mike Schaub, who is one of three candidates so far for mayor.
Earlier this week, which is the official candidate filing period, Councilman Gordon Bowman and Carl (Bud) Lucas, a former fire chief for Eatonville, filed along with Mike Schaub for the mayor race. Harper at that time hadn’t stated publicly if he’d run for re-election.
Other local offices with candidates who have filed so far include Bethel School Board and Eatonville School Board.
Bethel board member Stanley Chapin has signed up to keep his seat. Amy Privetta Hoffman is running for the District 4 position now held by Michael Audas.
Twol Eatonville boad incumbents – Jeff Lucas and Ronda Litzenberger – have filed for their positions.
The filing period continutes through Friday. Offices that attract more than two candidates will be on the primary election ballot in August. The general election will be in November.
(Read updates in dispatchnews.com and more in the May 22 print edition of The Dispatch)