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Pierce County election filing, Day 3: Lots of interest in charter review commission

The number of people submitting their names for elected office in Pierce County slowed down Wednesday as filing week passed the halfway point.

The chance to help revise the county’s homerule charter remained a popular draw, as the Charter Review Commission attracted a who’s who of local politicians both past and present. All but two of the 21 positions on the commission have now drawn multiple candidates.

Meantime, school board seats grew more competitive in Pierce County’s largest two school districts. Multiple candidates have filed to run for both seats in Tacoma and for all three seats in Puyallup. The opposite held true in the Bethel and Clover Park school districts, where only one candidate has filed to run for each position so far.

On the Puyallup City Council, incumbent Steve Vermillion filed Wednesday to hold his seat, pitting him against 19-year Puyallup resident Dean Johnson.

A total of 240 people had filed as of Wednesday for some of the more than 200 local offices 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 Wednesday evening, click here. To file for office, click here.