The Tacoma News Tribune has issued their endorsements for the Puyallup City Council race.
They have endorsed John Hopkins for District 1, John Palmer for District 2, Robin Ordonez for District 3, and Steve Vermillion for the At-Large seat.
By gathering this endorsement, Steve Vermillion is endorsed by the News Tribune, the Police Association, and the Firefighters Union. As is mentioned in the comments of the article, it is unheard of for a candidate to receive all three of those endorsements. It is a great testament to Mr. Vermillion’s character and qualifications for this position.
In the District 1 race, the Tribune stuck with their primary race choice John Hopkins, who would be a great addition to the council.
However, their handling of Tom Smillie was unfortunate. Mr. Smillie is qualified for the council and is not “temperamentally unfit.” The fact that the Tribune would take one incident and blow it up as a total characterization of Mr. Smillie’s character is irresponsible.
The action being taken by the majority of the council that night was the highest degree of unethical behavior. The way citizens responded was not appropriate, but what they said needed to be said.
The good news is, that with either Hopkins or Smillie, District 1 comes out way ahead over the person who currently holds that seat.
In District 2 and 3, the Tribune offered their weakest endorsements for Palmer and Ordonez.