On Nov. 5, Puyallup citizens will have the opportunity to elect three new members to the City Council. Since I live in District I, I will be voting to re-elect John Hopkins for and helping Steve Hastings and Chris McNutt with their efforts to win seats in District II and District III. And here’s why.
I’ve been following the council meetings and member voting intensely since 2005. I’ve witnessed the good, bad and ugly. But for me the most important issue has always been how each member votes on each issue.
During Hopkins’ last two years on the council, he has proven that he is one of the most prepared and informed council members in decades, always voting based on facts, not emotion.
Hastings, as the chairman of the Planning Commission, has always been able to analyze and articulate the issues down to the finest detail before he makes his decision. McNutt, as co-chairman of the Planning Commission, has an incredibly keen sense of numbers, data and statistics that are so important for council members dealing with financial and real estate issues.
All of these candidates have a wealth of experience that is critical for making rational, logical and fiscal (not emotional) decisions that come before them. They have all proven that they are independent thinkers, capable of adding valuable content to the discussions that come before them rather than merely parroting what other members say.