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OPINION | Mirror says goodbye to long-time sports editor [6] Mayor on the PACC: ‘Let’s light this candle’ [7] BUSINESS | Vape business positioned for success with growing trend [10] POLICE | Woman in hiding claims ex hired men to follow her [11] COMMUNITY | Communities in Schools raises $52,000 for students [12]

SPORTS | Andru Pulu reflects on chance KOMEN | Local survivor raises breast cancer FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014 | 75¢ to play for Seahawks [9] awareness [13-20]

10 candidates file for state, national seats Four candidates spark Congressional primary election in August BY GREG ALLMAIN


ast Friday marked the candidate filing deadline for upcoming elections, with a bevy of familiar Federal Way names filing for state-level positions. According to information available from King County Elections, those who have filed so far are: Legislative District No. 30 - State Senator: Mark Miloscia (Republican) Shari Song (Democrat) Legislative District No. 30 - State Representative Position No. 1: Gregory Baruso (Democrat) Linda Kochmar (Republican) Legislative District No. 30 - State Representative Position No. 2: Jack Dovey (Republican) Roger Freeman (Democrat) United States Representative, Congressional District No. 9: Adam Smith (Demo-

crat) Don Rivers (Democrat) Doug Basler (Republican) Mark Greene (Citizens Party) For the legislative races, three of the four state representative candidates (Dovey, Freeman and Kochmar) have been Federal Way City Council members in the relatively recent past. Baruso was part of the group of recent applicants for the Council position vacated by Mayor Jim Ferrell when he took the top spot at City Hall. Baruso was a finalist in the voting process, but ultimately lost out to Lydia Assefa-Dawson. Miloscia is a well-known Republican who previously served as a state representative from 1999-2012 as a Democrat. His opponent, Song, has already received nods from powerful Democrats, among them state Sen. Tracey Eide, who is vacating the position. To learn more, visit

Breaking the chains

Many walkers and runners participated in the second annual Break the Chains of Human Trafficking 5k fundraiser on Saturday. The Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking raised $18,000 during the event, which includes a $5,000 grant from Franciscan Health System and $700 from the Boeing Co. The organization provides preventive education to the community. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY SHELLY PAULS

Federal Way Council weighs new enhancements to PACC, discusses funding BY RAECHEL DAWSON

The yet-to-be approved, $31.85 million Performing Arts and Conference Center may have additional costs, city officials discov-

ered after a Blue Ribbon Panel recommendation earlier this month. The Federal Way City Council met on Tuesday to discuss enhancements to the proposed facility that several suggested during the panel’s discussions. The enhancements include more square feet for features, such as a separate entrance hall, or “outdoor

vestibule,” a bigger kitchen and a larger area for office, storage and dressing rooms. But Patrick Doherty, the city’s community development director, said the added square feet won’t be free. Doherty presented the Council three options at the special meeting — the first being more space in the front of the center.

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“The Blue Ribbon Panel made a strong recommendation to front-of-house changes — an enhanced entry lobby and external vestibule … by moving it outside, all this space is clear for queueing for a big event, for will call lines that might be long for a big performance,” Doherty said. “It allows for more gracious circulation for especially

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some of the larger events, it’ll increase the point of sales at the box office …” This first option would cost $210,000 but would allow for more tables in the lobby if a banquet was held. The other two choices are pitted against each other. Option “2a” illustrates a center with a larger kitchen space but only enough counter surface, sinks and

ovens to be considered a catering kitchen. Doherty explained this would act as an interim step if other entities wanted to expand to a full kitchen later down the road. “The reason for that is our developer has been contacted by a hotel recently who was actually very interested …” he said. “The [ more PACC, page 3 ]


Federal Way Mirror, May 23, 2014  

May 23, 2014 edition of the Federal Way Mirror

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