WSU employee running for City Council position

From staff reports

A WSU employee and former student announced his bid for 3rd Ward city councilor, a position Jeff Hawbaker has held for the past two terms and is running for again.

Brandon Chapman, director of marketing and communication for WSU’s College of Education, double-majored in broadcast journalism and Spanish during his time at WSU.

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Chapman has more than 12 years of experience working in the Department of Early Learning, Sports Illustrated, Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, according to his College of Education biography.

One City Council position from each of Pullman’s three wards are available in the upcoming city council election.

Fritz Hughes of the 2nd Ward is not planning to run for re-election, Mayor Glenn Johnson said in a meeting with WSU students two weeks ago. But in addition to Hawbaker, Al Sorensen of the 1st Ward will also be running for re-election.

The candidate filing period begins next month. Pullman residents interested in running can file for candidacy between May 1 and 19 by mail and in-person between May 15 and 19. The general election is on Nov. 7.

Reporting by Jessica Zhou