Eleven people have applied to fill the seat on Lacey City Council left open after Jeff Gadman was appointed Thurston County treasurer.
The applicants will be interviewed individually by the council 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday (April 17) in the community room at Lacey City Hall, 420 College St. SE. The council is expected to pick a candidate for appointment at the end of the meeting.
The applicants are Robert Motzer, Army veteran; Brady Olson, North Thurston High School social studies teacher; Kevin Hochhalter, local attorney; Ken Balsley, blogger and podcaster; Rachel Young, owner of Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes; Carolyn Cox, chairwoman of the Lacey Planning Commission; Carolyn St. Claire, former teacher and social worker; Richard Bokofsky, insurance broker; Mark Morgan, a Lacey Planning Commission member; Sean Smith, Army veteran; and Rick Nelsen, owner of Ricardo’s Kitchen and Bar.
Of those who have applied, several have officially filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission to run for a seat on the council. They are Motzer, Balsley and Bokofsky. Madeline Goodwin has filed to run for a seat on the council, but did not apply for the vacancy because she has not met the city’s residency requirement. She will have met the requirement by the fall election.
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Lacey City Council incumbents Andy Ryder and Michael Steadman have filed to defend their seats, according to PDC data.