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Pierce County election filing, Day 4: No races yet in 10 cities and towns

With only one day left to file for office in Pierce County, 10 cities and towns had no competitive races as of Thursday afternoon.

University Place, Sumner, Fife and Fircrest still had only one candidate file for each office up for election later this year. The same held true for the smaller municipalities of Buckley, Eatonville, Roy, Ruston, South Prairie and Wilkeson.

Similarly, each of the two open seats on Pierce County Superior Court has had only one filing all week.

In other highlights from Day 4 of filing week:

• The Tacoma City Council District 3 race got more interesting, as two more candidates entered a crowded field that has now reached five. Whitney Brady, a Hilltop resident who works for State Farm Insurance, filed Thursday along with Tom McCarthy, a humanities and English composition teacher at Pierce College. Brady, McCarthy, Justin Leighton, Kris Blondin and Keith Blocker will all square off in the August primary election.

• Lakewood finally attracted a competitive race on Thursday, as Michael J. Petan filed to run against incumbent Marie Barth.

• All four available City Council seats in Puyallup are now contested. The incumbents in Districts 2 and 3 and the at-large seat all have challengers. District 1 also has fielded a pair of candidates, although incumbent John Knutsen has not filed. Knutsen, who also serves as appointed mayor, has said he doesn’t plan to run for reelection.

A total of 275 people had filed as of Thursday 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 Thursday evening, click here. To file for office, click here.

Filing week closes at 4:30 p.m. Friday.