Mount Rainier's mayor, Stanley Prusch, comes up against former mayor Lavina (Linda) Nalls -- whom he defeated two years ago in her bid for a fourth term -- in the city election Monday.
Prusch, 72, a retired computer specialist for the National Bureau of Standards, said he wants to follow through with several projects, including additional community block grants for improving streets, a new recreation center, additional police protection, refurbishment of business and commerical areas, and more parking in commercial districts.
Nalls, a nurse who would not disclose her age, said she is running because residents have complained to her that they are dissatisfied with the current mayor and council.
"People aren't a part of the government like they used to be," Nalls said. The council "does things in closed sessions and makes decisions before people know about it," she contended. Among those decisions, she said, was a salary increase for city employes, which was voted on in a work session and announced later.
Nalls said a charter change the council approved in December merging voting wards from four to two should have been put to a referendum. Under the change, two council members are elected from each of the two wards.
Prusch agreed that the charter change should have been put to a vote but said that "the council voted not to . . . and I'm willing to live with that."
In the council race, incumbents Donald Hibbard and Alice Zickafoose and challengers Mary Hayes and Edward Turner are seeking the Ward 1 seats. In Ward 2, Sharon Ambrose, Robert Creamer, Janice Craiger, Otis Hayward and incumbent Doyle Niemann are candidates.