By Pat Jenkins
Candidates are starting the races for offices that will be on the ballot in this fall’s election.
The five-day filing period for candidates is May 12-16, setting the stage for the primary election Aug. 5 and the general election Nov. 4. Depending on the office, candidates will sign up through Pierce County or state election officials.
Filing through the county are candidates for 13 county offices – auditor, prosecuting attorney, County Council and District Court. The council has three seats up for election, while the court has eight.
Most if not all of the county incumbents have indicated they’ll run for re-election. They include Auditor Julie Anderson, Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist, and council members Dan Roach, Stan Flemming and Rick Talbert.
Talbert announced April 28 that he would take a leave of absence in order to undergo and recover from surgery for a cancerous growth on his kidney. He expects to make a full recovery and run for a second term on the council, he said.
Also seeking re-election is U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert and state Reps. Graham Hunt and J.T. Wilcox. Their districts (8th for Reichert, Second for Hunt and Wilcox) include Eatonville and other areas of south Pierce County..
Wiicox is seeking his third two-year term. Hunt is facing voters for the first time after being appointed earlier this year to replace then-representative Gary Alexander, who resigned.
Reichert hopes to win a sixth two-year term. He’s scheduled to speak Thursday at a meeting of the Eatonville Chamber of Commerce.
One other local race is for a vacant position of Pierce County Superior Court judge.