The Puyallup City Council District 1, Position 2 race between John Hopkins and Tom Smillie concerns me. Both men are equally passionate about Puyallup; however, they each have a very different approach.
Smillie is an activist and is very vocal about his disagreements with the Puyallup City Council. In my opinion, he crossed the point-of-no-return when he erupted during a Council meeting and the Puyallup Police Department had to become involved. As a result, my conclusion is he doesn’t demonstrate the leadership qualities required of the position.
I spoke to Hopkins in my home when he was making his second trip around my neighborhood. I asked him about issues that I am concerned about, which are his business associations, the City Council meeting time and the new downtown parking scheme. While I don’t completely agree with his view on the downtown parking restrictions, he answered all of my questions positively even when given the opportunity to respond negatively.
Hopkins is extremely diplomatic. I lived in the United Kingdom for two years and can tell you only eight percent of the population there goes to private school and it is very rare to graduate from a university. Hopkins has done both. His career is littered with leadership experiences, including teaching school, shop steward, and business owner.
Please join me in voting for John Hopkins to get the Puyallup City Council on a more conciliatory path.