What’s not surprising about Lacey elections

May 22nd, 2017 by Ken

Filing for elective offices brought few surprises in those who chose to run for office in Lacey, but a little surprise in those who chose not to run.

When Jeff Gadman resigned from the Lacey City Council to take over as Thurston County Treasurer, nearly a dozen people expressed in interest in being appointed to the vacant seat.  When the disputes and disagreements settled, Rachel Young was appointed.

It was anticipated by political pundits that several of those who were not selected would run for the office.   With the end of filing period last week, that was not the case.   Young didn’t draw a single opponent.   She will skate into office without being challenged.

Incumbent Mayor Andy Ryder and Deputy Mayor Cynthia Pratt also failed to draw opposition.

But, one incumbent councilmember did get a challenger.   Michael Steadman will face Robert Motzer.

The seat being vacated by retiring Virgil Clarkson drew four candidates.  Rick Nelsen, Madeline Goodwin, Carolyn Cox and myself.   Nelsen, Cox and I had sought appointment to the empty seat won by Young,.  Motzer had also sought appointment.   The other six candidates did not file for any of the five positions open on the Lacey City Council.

For the first time in my memory, all of the open seats on the North Thurston School Board have at least two candidates running.  There’s no free skating in the Lacey education realm this time.

Posted in Local Politics, The Real News


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