Orting seeks candidates to fill vacant City Council seat

Councilman Graham Hunt, who serves as state legislator, to resign June 30

Staff writerJune 12, 2014 

The city of Orting is seeking a replacement for a City Council member who is currently serving in Olympia as a state representative.

Councilman Graham Hunt was appointed in January to represent the 2nd District, which covers Yelm, Eatonville and other parts of Pierce and Thurston counties. He said he’ll officially resign at the end of the month, but continued to serve on the Orting council to provide a smooth transition for some major projects.

The Thurston County Board of Commissioners and the Pierce County Council chose Hunt as the replacement for former state Rep. Gary Alexander, who resigned last December, despite the state Republican Party’s endorsement of another candidate. He was one of three nominees.

Hunt, a veteran who runs a family-owned insurance company, is campaigning to be elected to the same position this November.

Hunt was appointed to the Orting City Council in September 2010, filling the Position 1 spot vacated by then-council member and current mayor Joe Pestinger. Hunt ran unopposed for re-election the following year, and has served on the council since. He steps down June 30.

Although fellow council members asked him to stick around, Hunt said it wasn’t practical to serve in both positions while also being a good husband and father. 

“Leaving the council was one of the hardest decisions I had to make,” he told The News Tribune on Thursday.

The city is accepting applications for candidates interested in replacing Hunt; the deadline is June 30. Letters of interest should be sent to Gwen Robson at P.O. Box 489, Orting, WA 98360 or by email to grobson@cityoforting.org. 

Materials can also be dropped off at Orting City Hall, 110 Train Street S.E. Call 360-893-2219, extension 133 for more information.

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