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Posted on: March 5, 2021

Thinking of running for elected office?

2021 is an election year in Gig Harbor.

Elections will be held in November for the following positions:


  • Mayor (currently held by Kit Kuhn)
  • Councilmember Position 1 (currently held by Jeni Woock)
  • Councilmember Position 2 (currently held by Bob Himes)
  • Councilmember Position 3 (currently held by Jim Franich)
  • Councilmember Position 7 (currently held by Spencer Abersold)


Candidates must file with Pierce County during the week of May 17-21. 


The following information has been collected to provide prospective candidates with information about the duties and expectations that come with elected office in Gig Harbor. For more information, please contact City Clerk Molly Towslee.


Pierce County Elections:


Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC):


Association of Washington Cities (AWC):


Public Disclosure Commission (PDC):


City of Gig Harbor:


General Information - Planning

  • Washington State Department of Commerce website, Local Government Portal -This is the Department of Commerce’s main webpage related to the local government services, needs, and planning.  Reviewing the links under the “Educations, Training, Technical Assistance” and “Planners” headers is recommended.  These links summarize many different planning topics related to the Growth Management Act (GMA).  
  • MRSC - Planning - This page provides links in-depth information on a many planning topics and is typically used for staff research.
  • Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) - The GMA gives the PSRC oversight and control of federal monies related to transportation funding for the four county region of Pierce, King, Kitsap and Snohomish. The city has to meet their criteria in our updates to our Comprehensive Plan to remain eligible for all transportation funding.  You may want to take a few moments to review “Regional Planning” under the Our Work Tab and “Planning Services” under the Data and Resources Tab. PSRC also maintains a large amount of growth/population/employment data for the four counties and provide access to that under the Data and Resources tab. 
  • VISION 2050 is the overarching document that delineates how the City of Gig Harbor should address their future growth. This is a guidance document. Planning Staff are required to provide PSRC with a checklist filled out upon adoption of Comprehensive Plan amendments and major updates. The Plan Review page explains this process.
  • If you have further planning questions, please contact the Community Development Director Katrina Knutson.


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