Both the Puyallup and Sumner city councils will look very different come January.
Following the general election results last week, the Puyallup City Council will comprise five men and two women when it convenes next year. And in Sumner, two challengers were voted in to replace incumbents Ed Hannus and Randy Hynek. Sumner Mayor Dave Enslow held onto his seat for an additional term.
As of last Friday, Julie Door had gained 63.38 percent of the vote in the Puyallup City Council District 3 Position 2 race. Her opponent, Planning Commission Vice Chair Chris McNutt, trailed with 36.35 percent.
“I’m grateful,” Door said. “I’m continually impressed with the community support and the way the Puyallup community rallies.”
Door credited the “tremendous dedication and volunteer support” for her win. She said her first priority will be to build and repair relationships among council members and outside agencies, such as South Sound 9-1-1 and Sound Transit.
“By working collaboratively, we can move forward,” Door said.
Since Kent Boyle vacated the District 3 Position 2 seat earlier this fall, Door will fill the seat in early December, once the election is certified Nov. 26.
Heather Shadko will fill Puyallup’s District 2 Position 2 seat, vacated by Mayor Rick Hansen, who will reach his term limit on Dec. 31. As of last Friday, Shadko captured 54.23 percent of the vote. Planning Commission Chair Steve Hastings had 45.73 percent.
Shadko is completing her fourth year on the Puyallup Planning Commission and her 10th year on the Puyallup Library Board.
“I feel pretty good about it,” she said. “I worked hard.”
Shadko said she hopes there will be more civility and respect among council members in 2014. She also said she’s happy about the more diverse demographics on the council.
Door said she feels the same.
“I’m excited to see we’ve branched out on the demographics rather than on the gender,” Door said. “I’m excited to see working families and different generations represented on the council.”
Door is a small business owner with her husband, Frank. The Doors have two children who attend schools in the Puyallup School District.
Meanwhile, incumbent John Hopkins held on to his District 1 Position 2 seat with 73.77 percent of the vote. He ousted newcomer Corry Glucoft, who carried 25.83 percent.
“I am surprised by the margins in all the races,” Hopkins said. “I’m surprised by the results. I thought it would be a closer race.”
Hopkins said people around town were happy, compared to the previous election.
“We’ve gone from a deficit budget to a positive budget,” he said. “By and large, the public has been happy about the progress of the current council and City Manager Bill McDonald. (McDonald) has been a major part of the progress of this council.”
Hopkins said he thinks this council can work together as a cohesive unit. He’s served the past two years in an unexpired seat. He will start his first four-year term Jan. 1.
In Sumner, Enslow held on to his mayoral seat with 61.28 percent of the vote. Council member Nancy Dumas trailed with 38.48 percent.
Dumas said she believes she will be able to serve constituents effectively as a council member during the next two years of her term.
“As long as the candidates stay behind their promises in their campaign, it should be a good two years,” Dumas said. “Through the negativity that came out of the election run, I got to meet some amazing people.”
Enslow said it’s good to be beyond the election.
“I’m really looking forward to returning as mayor and working with each of the council members,” he said.
Earle Stuard, a member of the Sumner Planning Commission since late 2009, ousted Hannus with 58.43 percent of the vote. Hannus had 40.80 percent.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” Stuard said. “I think a lot of it had to with doing a lot of doorbelling between the primary and the general election.
“I shook a lot of hands and mailed a lot of fliers. That matters to people to have a candidate on their doorstep. I think that made a difference.”
Stuard, who worked in the City of Bellevue’s finance department for 38 years, said he vows not to turn his back on voters come January. He said he’s considering ways to visit with neighborhood constituents, possibly on a quarterly basis.
Meanwhile, newcomer and business owner Kathy Hayden was elected over Hynek from the Position 2 race with 61.83 percent of the vote. Hynek captured 37.92 percent.
“I’m ecstatic,” Hayden said last Thursday. “It’s a win for me, and it’s a win for Sumner. I’m hoping we’re going to break the cycle of dysfunction.”
Hayden said she thinks her win says a lot about where Sumner’s people are at.
“I want the city staff to get the respect they deserve,” she said. “I’m happy to get down to business and leave all the confrontation behind.”