Lacey resident Bill Frare, who was in attendance at the Lacey City Council meeting Thursday night, said during the meeting that he intends to challenge Jeff Gadman for his position No. 3 seat on the council.
Frare did not announce his intentions to the council, but disclosed them to a reporter.
“I want to give back to the community,” said Frare, 51, about his decision to run for the seat, adding that he plans to make his decision official on Friday (May 15) by filing with the Thurston County Auditor’s Office.
Three seats are up for election on the seven-member council this year. As of Thursday, the two other incumbents on the council running for re-election — Lenny Greenstein and Jason Hearn — had yet to attract opponents.
In brief comments during the meeting, Frare said he supports sustainable development, small businesses and wants to make sure city streets have sidewalks for pedestrian safety.
He said his daughter, after the bus drops her off near Komachin Middle School, doesn’t have the benefit of sidewalks along her entire route home to the Schilter Farm neighborhood. Frare also is president of the 142-home Schilter Farm homeowners association, he said.
“I welcome the opportunity to highlight my accomplishments,” said Gadman after learning that he was being challenged for the seat.
Gadman was apppointed to the council in 2011 and then elected in 2012. Council members serve four-year terms. He works in the Thurston County Assessor’s Office as an appraisal division manager.
Frare earned his undergraduate civil engineering degree at the University of Washington. He also has a master’s degree in public administration from The Evergreen State College, according to his LinkedIn page. He has worked as a civil engineer for 25 years. He is the assistant director of engineering and architectural services at the state Department of Enterprise Services.
Also Thursday night:
• Councilman Michael Steadman, who serves on the Olmpia Lacey Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau board, said the organization expects to hire a new executive director in about six weeks to replace George Sharp, who recently resigned to launch two businesses.
• Mayor Andy Ryder thanked the council for filling in for him recently, following the death of his mother. Shirley Marie Ryder, who died April 27, was 66.