Three councilors to vie for re-election

Sequim Gazette

As of Tuesday, June 7, three of four Sequim city councilors up for reelection — Laura Dubois, mayor pro-tem, Erik Erichsen and Mayor Ken Hays — filed for candidacy.


Susan Lorenzen said via e-mail that she’s not running this year due to the health of a family member. All four were first-time elected candidates in 2008.


Newcomer Candace Pratt, a longtime leader in the League of Women Voters of Clallam County filed for Lorenzen’s spot on council on Tuesday, June 7.


Originally from the California Bay area, Pratt said she came to the Pacific Northwest in 1997 and has lived in Sherwood Village since 2006.


With the League of Women Voters, Pratt has served as president and recently voter service chairman, organizing candidate debates and forums such as on the 2010 state ballot initiatives.


“I am especially excited about the steps the city is taking to update and revise its comprehensive plan,” Pratt said. “I look forward to bringing my skills to that process. The comp plan is the basis for the city’s planning and growth. I will work hard on the plan’s development as well as making it understandable and accessible to the residents.


Ron Fairclough filed on Tuesday for a spot against Dubois. He could not be reached for comment.


If Dubois and Fairclough are the only candidates in the race, then they will bypass the primary election Aug. 16 for the general election on Nov. 8.


Dubois said she’s running again because there are more things she’d like to accomplish.


“I feel I’ve invested all this time and energy that I’d like to work toward some of the goals,” she said.


Some of her goals are updating the comprehensive plan and establishing a piece of land at least for the city hall. She intends to serve at least another four years.


Erichsen said he and other councilors feel there are things that aren’t finished yet. Some of his goals are determining a future for the Guy Cole Convention Center in Carrie Blake Park, finding a site for the city hall and a permanent solution for the city’s impact fees.


“There’s all kinds of things that I want to see through,” Erichsen said.


Hays said when he first ran for office he was prepared to serve two terms.


“I feel we’ve accomplished some good things,” he said. “I want to continue to support the city manager and see through some exciting plans like the comprehensive plan … It’s been an interesting and worthwhile experience even when it was contentious and at times aggravating.”


Hays said he also wants to finish his certified municipal leader credentials in learning more about city operations so that he can better serve the community.


Councilors Don Hall, Bill Huizinga and Ted Miller are eligible for re-election in 2013.


An update on all Sequim area candidates will be in the June 15 Gazette after the candidate filing period ends at 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 10.



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