Community Government

Five candidates seek Pierce County Council seat as filing week concludes

Posted on May 20th, 2022 By:

The field is set. Now the 2022 campaign season can officially begin.

Candidate filing week concluded at close of business on Friday, May 20. Candidates can still withdraw from races through Monday.

The primary election will be on Aug. 2. The general election will be Nov. 8.

Candidates who filed with the Pierce County elections office in local races include:

26th Legislative District

The 26th District includes northern Pierce County, southern Kitsap County and parts of Bremerton. Candidates include:


  • David Crissman (R), whose filing lists an address on Center Street in Tacoma. No fundraising totals for Crissman are listed with the state Public Disclosure Commission, which tracks election spending.
  • Emily Randall (D), incumbent state senator from Bremerton. Randall has raised $251,693.
  • Jesse Young (R), state representative from Gig Harbor. Young has raised $268,916.

House of Representatives

Position 1

  • Spencer Hutchins (R) of Gig Harbor, a former Gig Harbor City Council member and co-owner of a real estate company. Hutchins has raised $126,341 according to the PDC.
  • Adison Richards (D) of Gig Harbor, a nonprofit lawyer. Richards has raised $50,979.

Position 2

  • Michelle Caldier (R) of Port Orchard, the incumbent and a dentist. Caldier has raised $75,016.
  • Rachel Harter (R), who filed listing an address in Gig Harbor. The PDC reports no fundraising totals for Harter.
  • Matt Macklin (D) of Port Orchard, a licensed nursing home administrator. Macklin has raised $10,866.
  • Oran Root (R) of Port Orchard, who ran for Kitsap County commissioner in 2020 and lost to Democratic incumbent Charlotte Garrido. No fundraising totals are available through the PDC for Root.

Pierce County Council District 7

District 7 includes the Gig Harbor area as well as the Key Peninsula and part of north and west Tacoma. Candidates include:

  • Mitch Anderson (R), who filed with a Post Office box in Gig Harbor. Anderson is not listed with the PDC as having raised any funds.
  • Robyn Denson (D), a Gig Harbor City Council member, reports having raised $65,436.
  • Joshua Harris (R), a business owner, reports having raised $20,050.
  • Paula Lonergan (R), a former vice chair of the Pierce County Republican Party. Lonergan is not listed with the PDC as having raised any funds.
  • Chuck West (R), a retired battalion chief with Key Peninsula Fire Department and member of the Peninsula School Board. West is registered with the PDC but reports no funds.

Randy Boss and Marty McClendon, who both had filed possible county council runs with the PDC, did not ultimately file with Pierce County to seek the seat.