The list of prospective candidates for Puyallup’s 2011 council elections is not exactly awe-inspiring. The official and unofficial list of “insiders and usual suspects” does not “answer the mail”. Puyallup is in desperate need of a fix to long standing problems, particularly the image and ethical problems that have plagued the city. What a refreshing thing it would be if a couple of innovative, reasonably intelligent, attentive individuals actually threw their hats in the ring. Here are a few credentials that could possibly make a great candidate.
- Someone who does not get their paycheck or retirement check from a federal, state, county or city employer. Someone who has worked for an organization that understands “free enterprise” and the market economy. Why ? – the council makes policy including economic policy.
- A reasonably educated person with enough business comprehension who will not be baffled by the endless stream on nonsensical budget briefings. Someone who can advise their peers on the council whether a finance issue is sound, complex or absolute garbage. Why ? – nobody on the current council can read a balance sheet and citizens have paid the heavy price.
- Someone who is not running for the position for the health and welfare benefits that come with being a Puyallup council member. Why ? – personal monetary gain should not be a driving force.
- Someone not “in the pocket” of the handful of local land and property developers. Why ? – The rubber-stamping by some on the Planning Commission for high-density cottage housing developments throughout the city is a detriment to the quality of the community.
- Someone not overtly aligned to either of the two “unofficial” parties and their leaders. A true independent.
- Finally, someone who can initially attend council and executive sessions at their absurd ridiculous early times of 6PM and 5PM. (Probably mutually exclusive to requirement #1). Someone, whose first action as a council member will be to put forth a motion to return the start of council meetings to 7PM so the public will once again be able to attend council meetings at a decent hour irrespective of council members’ personal schedules.
If you exist, and are not busy helping either the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus, please consider running for office. Puyallup needs fixing.