It is rare that I want to tip my cap to a Republican or a former opponent, but Pierce County Councilman Stan Flemming deserves kudos for crossing party lines on Tuesday’s council vote regarding the county’s Redistricting Commission.
Flemming has also been very responsive and engaging in helping PenMet Parks address some county issues that would allow the district to provide more recreational opportunities on the Gig Harbor Peninsula. I hope he continues to do what is right for his constituents, not just his party.
On the flip side, it is disappointing to see Councilmen Roger Bush and Dick Muri continue to engage in partisan political shenanigans. This county has real problems that need solutions that are neither Democrat nor Republican. We need to address unemployment, infrastructure, urban sprawl and a huge budget gap.
They need to start thinking of Pierce County and its citizens — not their party or their egos.
(Iverson is a PenMet Parks commissioner and former candidate for Pierce County Council.)