Kent voters will have a lot local leaders to consider this year in races for mayor, three City Council seats and three Kent School Board positions.
Two King County Council races that include portions of the city of Kent also will be on the ballot.
The showdown for mayor will be between incumbent Dana Ralph and challenger Dawn Bennett. Ralph has raised $37,609 so far and Bennett $30,373, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission. Ralph is seeking a second four-year term.
Incumbent city council members Toni Troutner and Brenda Fincher each will face two challengers. Cliff Cawthon and La’Keshia Christian filed to take on Troutner. Larry Hussey and Bradley Cairnes are challenging Fincher. Incumbent Satwinder Kaur will be challenged by Todd Minor.
Denise Daniels and Maya Vengadasalam decided against running for reelection but plenty of people filed to replace them.
Sara Franklin, Tim Clark, Chad McClung and George Alvarez filed for the District No. 5 position. Bradley Kenning, Awale Farah, Bryon Madsen and Willie Middleton Sr. filed for the District No. 4 seat. Joe Bento, appointed by the board to the District No. 1 seat earlier this year, is running unopposed.
Incumbent Reagan Dunn faces three challengers for District No. 9. They are Kim-Khanh Van, Ubax Gardheere and Chris Franco.
Incumbent Dave Upthegrove in District No. 5 faces off against Shukri Olow.
City of Kent
Dawn M. Bennett
• Council Position No. 2
• Council Position No. 4
• Council Position No. 6
Kent School District
• Director District No. 1
*Joseph (Joe) Bento
• Director District No. 4
Willie Middleton Sr.
• Director District No. 5
King County Council
• Council District No. 5
• Council District No. 9