East Pierce County election returns show mixed results for incumbents; 2 women lead in Puyallup

Staff writerNovember 5, 2013 

It appeared to be a mixed bag of incumbent and newcomer victories Tuesday night as early election results rolled in for East Pierce County races.

In Puyallup, two women apparently will join an all-male City Council while a lone incumbent cruised to re-election.

Meanwhile, early returns showed mixed results for incumbents in other East Pierce cities, though sitting mayors had strong showings in Sumner, Bonney Lake and Milton.

Puyallup City Council candidate John Hopkins led small-business owner Corry Glucoft on Tuesday night with nearly triple the votes. Hopkins is seeking his first full term after serving District 1 Position 2 for two years.

Hopkins said his previous two years on the council will bring much-needed experience to the city’s leadership.

“I really intend to be an independent voice of reason for the next four years,” he said.

In District 2 Position 2, Puyallup Planning Commission member Heather Shadko was ahead of Planning Commission chairman Steve Hastings to fill the seat left open by departing Mayor Rick Hansen, who is term-limited.

Shadko, a Port of Tacoma procurement specialist, said the election went better than expected.

“When you get into it, you see things through rose-colored glasses and don’t realize how much work it is going to be,” she said. “But overall it has been a very positive experience.”

Julie Door, a massage therapist and small-business owner, led Planning Commission vice chairman Chris McNutt by a wide margin in District 3 Position 2.

Door, who was a driving force behind state legislation that gives local governments more control over halfway houses, hopes to better represent District 3 — an area of the city she says has been underrepresented.

The lifelong Puyallup resident wants more civility on the council.

“This is a great community and they really rallied behind this campaign,” Door said. “I’m very grateful for their trust.”

In Sumner: Incumbents drew mixed results in city government.

Mayor Dave Enslow had a double-digit lead over challenger Nancy Dumas, pointing to an apparent re-election for the mayor first elected in 2006.

Enslow said he was instrumental in bringing the new, highly anticipated YMCA to Sumner. He vows to help improve public transit in the city, which has taken big hits in East Pierce County over the past several years.

Incumbent Councilman Steve Allsop handily defeated declared write-in candidate and former fire commissioner Joe Gerace for Position 3.

Aside from Enslow and Allsop, the Sumner City Council could see a leadership shake-up.

Councilman Randy Hynek was far behind Planning Commission chair Kathy Hayden for Position 2. Councilman Ed Hannus trailed another Planning Commission member, Earle Stuard, in Position 1.

In Bonney Lake: Mayor Neil Johnson, first elected in 2006, appeared to hold a decisive lead over longtime Bonney Lake Councilman James Rackley in the race for the plateau city’s top spot.

Incumbent Dan Swatman, a systems engineer who has served alongside Johnson for several years, was also leading the Position 3 City Council race over opponent James “Kelly” McClimans Sr.

In Position 6, incumbent Donn Lewis held a narrow lead over newcomer and anti-parks district advocate Shawnta Mulligan.

In Milton: A contentious mayoral race ended with little drama, as incumbent Mayor Debra Perry appeared to sweep challenger Philip “Marty” Lelli Jr. by a wide margin in early returns. Meanwhile, Bryan W. Ott, who has served on Milton City Council since 2009, led newcomer Cheryl Reid-Simons for Position 3. And in Position 5, Councilman Todd Morton was ahead of challenger Leonard Sanderson.

In Auburn: Councilwoman Nancy Backus held a wide lead over fellow Councilman John Partridge to replace longtime Mayor Pete Lewis, who is stepping down after serving the city since 1998 including four terms as mayor.

In Federal Way: One South Sound city bucked the trend by not giving its incumbent mayor an easy re-election.

Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest was trailing Councilman Jim Ferrell as Priest made a bid for a second term in the South King County city of 89,000 people.

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