Treasurer Mike Schaub and Town Councilman Gordon Bowman emerged Tuesday as the frontrunners in the primary election race for mayor of Eatonville.
In early ballot counting after voting closed, Schaub was leading the four-way contest with 179 votes – nearly 40 percent of the total votes cast – to Bowman’s 139. If they’re still the top two when the results become official Aug. 20, Schaub and Bowman will face off in the general election in November to decide who will lead the town the next four years.
The other two candidates in the primary, Carl (Bud) Lucas and Jim Valentine, were trailing with 81 and 49 votes, respectively.
Schaub had 39.8 percent of the total votes and Bowman had 30.9 percent.
As qualifications to become mayor, all of the candidates cite their experience with Town Hall and related public service – Bowman as a councilman since 2009, Schaub as Eatonville’s elected treasurer the past six years and 19 years of working with state fiscal agencies, Valentine as a councilman for six years and a former town Planning Commission member, and Lucas as an ex-chief and former assistant chief, respectively, with the Eatonville and Tacoma fire departments.
The candidates also have focused on Eatonville’s financial stability, offering various approaches to improving it.