Monday, May 30, 2011
Update May 30, 2011 1:54pm
By Evan Smith
By Evan Smith
ShorelineAreaNews Politics Writer
Lake Forest Park will have a contest for mayor this year.
Former City Councilwoman Mary Jane Goss registered her intent to run for mayor with the State Public Disclosure Commission May 20.
Current Councilman and Deputy Mayor Dwight Thompson registered with the PDC in April.
Registering with the PDC allows candidates to raise and spend money for the Aug. 16 primary and Nov. 8 general election. Neither Goss nor Thompson has yet reported raising or spending campaign money.
Goss said Sunday that the King County Democratic organization has endorsed her.
Goss and Thompson seek to replace Mayor Dave Hutchison, who has announced that he will not seek a fourth four-year term. Hutchison won re-election without opposition in 2007.
Goss won election to the LFP Council in 1997 and 2001. After she didn’t seek re-election in 2005, she became active in the Shorecrest PTSA, helping change the High School's math curriculum.
Goss said Sunday that she got back into politics as part of the group that opposed LFP’s property-tax-levy-lift proposal that voters defeated by a 78 percent to 22 percent margin last August.
She criticized Thompson for not getting the message from the voters’ rejection of the tax measure and said that City government should be more transparent to citizens.