Current District 1 City Councilmember John Hopkins has filed with the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) to run for council again this year.
Some of you may be wondering why he is running again in 2013. Well, he ran for and won in 2011 to fulfill the final two years of George Dill’s seat that George won in 2009. Mr. Dill passed away shortly after winning the election. The first two years of his term were filled by a council appointed citizen and the last two years went up for election. Mr. Hopkins won that election.
So, just two short years later he is running again, for the same seat he is currently in but this time a victory will give him the full four year term.
Once Mr. Hopkins was seated on the council, he and others started hacking away at the mess left them by the previous council majority and current councilmember Kent Boyle.
In Mr. Hopkins’ brochure from 2011 he listed several items he would like to work on as a councilmember. Here is the list.
- Pass initiative and referendums to restore public trust
- Establish good risk management to eliminate expensive litigation
- Sell excess real estate and consolidate city operations
- Reduce our debt load so we can properly maintain all our city assets including infrastructure and roads
- Ensure growth does not adversely impact neighborhood quality
Now, keeping in mind the fact that it has only been 15 months since he joined the council and many of these things require cooperation from many different government entities, which usually move at a glacier-like pace, he and the current council majority have made significant improvements in all of those areas.
Initiatives and referendums was sponsored by Mr. Hopkins and are now in affect. The only litigation that remains is one case from the Gary McLean era. The city currently has two of its’ real estate properties listed for sale and City Hall is getting reorganized for better usage. The debt load is slowly being whittled down, from a high of $90 million to its’ current state of around $65 million. Current projects have not adversely affected neighborhoods, but have enhanced them, including the 8th Ave NW project. The sure to be disastrous Cultivating Puyallup plan was also eliminated.
As you can see, the current council with Mr. Hopkins as a member has done an outstanding job improving our city and turning around the disaster handed to them. If you are a District 1 voter, four more years of Mr. Hopkins can help us get farther out of that mess.