Four people – two of them Town Council members, plus the elected town treasurer and an ex-fire chief – hope to replace Eatonville Mayor Ray Harper, who won’t run for re-election this fall but will try for a return to the council.
Those are some of the highlights locally from the five-day candidate filing period last week. Contenders also signed up for Bethel School Board, Eatonville School Board and commissioner seats with water and fire districts.
Harper, who was a council member before being elected mayor in 2009, filed as a candidate for Position 2 on the council. His opponent will be Bob Walter, who provides animal control services for the town on a contract basis.
The current Position 2 councilman is Bob Schaub, who isn’t seeking re-election. He’s the father of Treasurer Mike Schaub, who is one of four candidates for mayor. The others are Tcouncil members Gordon Bowman and James Valentine and Carl (Bud) Lucas, a former fire chief for Eatonville.
The primary election will be on Aug. 6, with the general election on Nov. 5.
(Read more in the May 22 print edition of The Dispatch)