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Pierce County election filing, Day 1: John Ladenburg throws hat in ring

A single position on the county’s 21-member charter review commission drew the most candidates of any office in Pierce County as election filing week opened Monday.

Five people did not waste any time filing to run for Charter Review Commissioner District 4, Position 3. Meantime, most of the other positions on the commission have attracted only individual candidates so far.

The commission is a temporary group that will consider amendments to the county’s home-rule charter for the first time in a decade. Among the familiar names who were uncontested as of Monday: Former County Executive John Ladenburg and current state legislator Hans Zeiger, R-Puyallup.

Some other races that were shaping up at the end of Day 1:

• The only contested seat on the Tacoma City Council so far is in District 3. It drew early filings from Justin Leighton, government relations manager for Pierce Transit, and Kris Blondin, a Tacoma restaurateur.

• Port of Tacoma board incumbent Clare Petrich of Tacoma will face at least one challenger, Dick Walters of University Place.

• Democrat Carol Gregory of Federal Way and Republican Teri Hickel of Milton both filed for a House seat in the 30th Legislative District. They are vying for an unexpired one-year term after Gregory was appointed to the post last year to replace the late Roger Freeman.

More than 200 local offices are up for election this year on city and town councils; school, fire, parks and recreation, and water district boards; the Superior Court bench; and the Port of Tacoma commission. To see all the candidates as of Monday evening, click here. To file for office, click here.