Frequent contributor Dave Churchman submitted this. With the issue of redistricting needing to be addressed this year, some on the council may push for an all at-large system. This idea has been brought up twice in the past, and shot down by citizens. Below are his thoughts:
At Large verses District representation
Whenever there is a discussion on redistricting in Puyallup, nerves get tested and blood pressures go up. Last time it came up two years ago, it was simply a mean convenient distasteful ploy by Turner and Brouillet to boot Deputy Mayor George Dill off the council. Thankfully, the public smelled a rat and embarrassed a majority of the council to shelve the plan.
Now the council is bringing the matter back on the basis that redistricting is mandated by the new census results.
Sadly, George is now gone, but you can expect some dirty politics by the gang of four on the council to manipulate electoral boundaries for their own benefit or as a legacy for their hand picked successors. Or they may go for all At Large favored by Turner and her igneous pet rock.
I am going against the trend and stating my support for all At Large representation on the council. Why? Having lived in District 2 for the past 35 years, I can honestly say that as a District 2 resident, District 2 council members have not represented this District well. Turner and the Brouillets have dominated District 2 in the past two decades and have simply been a disgrace. The outlook for the future looking at the sole candidate running for office does not give much hope for improvement.
District 3 has hardly fared any better in recent times with Deal, and now Boyle.
So, I would relish the concept of good qualified candidates who currently live in other Districts representing my community’s concerns. Over the past year, surprisingly, I have found more in common with Don Malloy in District 3 (taxes, public safety, fireworks, veteran’s issues etc).
In summary, an all At Large council is fine by me. Candidates hate it as it is harder work and more expensive. The cherry on the cake is the opportunity for my neighbors and myself to vote Boyle off the council in 2013.