There are three spots on the Puyallup City Council that are up for election this November. There is one seat up in each district, with each seat having two candidates.
In District One, current councilmember John Hopkins is running to retain his seat. You may be saying to yourself, wait a minute, he just ran two years ago and I know councilmembers serve four-year terms. Yes, they do serve four-year terms but in 2011 Mr. Hopkins was elected to fill the remaining two years of the late George Dill’s seat. Mr. Dill passed away after winning election in 2009 but before his second term began. The council appointed Nicole Martineau to fill that spot for two years, then it would go up for election. Mr. Hopkins won that seat.
Mr. Hopkins has done an admirable job on the council. He has worked toward and completed many of the items he campaigned for in 2011 and has represented District One far better than Ms. Martineau. His opponent is Corry Glucoft. Not much is known about Ms. Glucoft because she has not filed her C1 form with the PDC, which she was supposed to have done by June 1. Hopefully Ms. Glucoft gets the required paperwork submitted so the public will know if she is a serious candidate.
In District Two, you have two current Planning Commission members, Steve Hastings and Heather Shadko. Mr. Hastings is the Chair of the Planning Commission and is an active member of our community. He has been a proponent of reducing our city’s debt, keeping our streets and sewers well maintained, and making sure the safety of Puyallup citizens is the top priority for the city. He is also a director with the Puyallup Historical Hatchery Foundation.
Ms. Shadko, in addition to being a Planning Commission member, is a library board member. Apparently, she also is not supportive of streets and sewers. Here is her quote, “People do not buy their home for great streets and sewers. When people start looking at places to live, they’re looking at what kind of things are available in the community.”
Just let that statement sink in for a minute. There are two major things wrong with that statement from Heather Shadko. One, without great streets and sewers there are no “things available in the community.” Businesses don’t come, travelers don’t stay, community events don’t happen. The four “s’s”: safety, streets, sewers, and sidewalks are the foundation of a community, everything else is built on those four.
The second issue is with her philosophy and mindset. It is nearly identical to that of former councilmembers like Kathy Turner, Tami Brouillet, Mike Deal, Don Malloy, and Nicole Martineau. They, and Ms. Shadko, care more about the people who don’t live in our community than the ones that already do. This mindset is all about how to bring people to Puyallup. What we want in a councilmember is someone who cares about the people who already live here. They are elected to represent the current tax-payers of Puyallup, not the future ones. It is still very early in the election cycle, but Ms. Shadko would be a step backwards for this city if she were elected.
Finally, in District Three current Planning Commission member Chris McNutt and Julie Door are running for the seat currently occupied by Kent Boyle. Councilmember Boyle decided against running for reelection.
Mr. McNutt is the Vice Chair of the Planning Commission, as well as a frequent attendee of council meetings. He is a fiscal conservative who worked to stop the halfway house from being developed on Shaw Road, has good ideas on how to improve traffic, and will work hard to preserve our great parks like Bradley Lake and Wildwood. He has already complied a strong list of endorsements, including the other District Three councilmember Tom Swanson, the late George Dill’s wife Shu Dill, and long-time Puyallup School District teacher Robert Dore.
Julie Door worked hard on the Shaw Road Halfway House issue and was the contact point for many citizens and representatives during that process. She has decided to use her name recognition and accomplishment to take a shot at a council seat. We expect the District Three race to be a good one.