The Maple Valley races for City Council are full to the brim with two candidates signing up for two positions and three for one seat as of Wednesday.
Today (Friday) is the final day for candidates to file for office with the King County Elections office, and the political season looks like it will be a fun run to the finish.
In position No. 4, Erin Weaver has stated she will jump into the ring.
The seat is currently held by Councilman Dave Pilgrim and he has also signed on the line to run for a third term.
Weaver was appointed to the council in 2003 and lost a bid for seat No. 7 to Councilwoman Linda Johnson.
Weaver stated in a press release she is seeking the seat, “because I believe we need renewed vision and leadership. While there are many things right about the our city, there are other areas where the city has veered off course.”
Weaver is the chair of the planning commission and liaison to the Economic Development Committee.
She describes herself as a “community advocate and activist.”
Weaver said the challenges ahead for the city includes transportation improvements, and “responsible planning for Summit Place,” also known as the Donut Hole.
Summit Place is a 156-acre site being purchased by Yarrow Bay from King County for $51 million located near 228th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 272nd Street. The city is in the process of annexing the development. The mix of residential and commercial and the impact on the community will be a hot topic on the council and for the election.
Weaver said she has three children in Tahoma schools, and she is “an enthusiastic supporter, serving on the Tahoma Community Relations Committee and VOTE advocacy group.”
The candidate said she can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com or (425) 432-4767.
Pilgrim stated in a release he is proud of working with other council members and staff to “ensure the city of Maple Valley is financially sound, that it has a low crime rate, that there are recreational facilities and activities available with the city limits….”
The council stated in the release economic development is the “priority of the future financial stability of the city.”
Pilgrim noted the city’s infrastructure must be “maintained on a regular basis and not allowed to fall into disrepair.”
The candidate noted his community involvement with the Maple Valley Lions Club, the Maple Valley Business Golf League, the community services coalition and the chamber of commerce.
Pilgrim owned True Value Hardware in the Wilderness Village Shopping Center for nearly 12 years and he is currently the manager of Junction True Value in West Seattle.
The councilman stated both of his children graduated from Tahoma High.
The race for Position No. 2 has drawn three candidates. The incumbent Deputy Mayor Glenn Smith is running for his second term.
He is being challenged by Bill Allison, a 10-year resident of the area.
Also filling for the seat is Jim Flynn who served on the council from 1997 to 2007. Flynn lost to Councilman Layne Barnes in a race for Position No. 3.
Incumbent Councilwoman Victoria Laise Jonas and Stanette Marie Rose are locked in a race for Position No. 6.
Candidates must file with the King County Elections by today (Friday). Candidates can file in person or online.
The primary election is Aug. 18 and the general election is Nov. 3.