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Maybe the question should be: Who isn’t running for Lacey City Council?

Lacey City Council candidates Matthew Staples, Ken Balsley and Richard Bokofsky.
Lacey City Council candidates Matthew Staples, Ken Balsley and Richard Bokofsky. COURTESY

Three candidates have filed to run for seats on Lacey City Council.

The latest seeking elected office is Matthew Staples, according to state Public Disclosure Commission data.

Staples, 42, said Wednesday he is running because he supports the idea of a city sports commission that would bring sporting events to the area, helping to “provide more financial security for Lacey.”

Staples grew up in Ohio, but served 12 years in the Army, including at Joint Base Lewis-McChord from 1999 to 2007. He started a family and decided to stay in the area, he said. Staples, a disabled veteran, is a student at Saint Martin’s University, where he is working toward his teaching degree, with an emphasis in history.

He’s an assistant coach for Saint Martin’s track and field program and has worked as an assistant coach at River Ridge High School, he said. Staples also served as a Lacey reserve officer for one year, a volunteer position within the Lacey Police Department.

Staples has identified that he is seeking Position No. 3 on the council, the seat currently held by Councilman Jeff Gadman. But not for much longer because Gadman plans to resign March 9 due to his recent appointment as Thurston County treasurer.

Also running are Ken Balsley and Richard Bokofsky. Balsley has verbally identified Position No. 3 as his goal, while Bokofsky has yet to declare his intentions.

All three plan to apply for Gadman’s seat.

As many as five council seats are in play this election. Gadman is set to resign, Virgil Clarkson has decided he won’t run again and incumbents Cynthia Pratt, Michael Steadman and Andy Ryder are up for election. Steadman has already filed to defend his seat. Councilmen Lenny Greenstein and Jason Hearn are not up for election.

The council is set to discuss the plan to fill Gadman’s seat at its Thursday work session. The council will meet at 7 p.m. at Lacey City Hall, 420 College St. SE.

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