Re: “TNT got it right – in one race” (letter, 10-18).
I suspect that the letter writer has not spent much time with Heather Shadko, candidate for Puyallup City Council District 2, who was recently endorsed by The News Tribune. Had he done so, he would know that she is indeed the best choice for this City Council position.
Although not a native of Puyallup, Shadko’s roots in the community go deep. She began her involvement in the community 15 years ago as a Girl Scout leader, then moved onto the larger stage with her appointment to Puyallup’s Library Board eight years ago, where she still holds a board position and is the board’s liaison to the Puyallup Library Foundation.
She was also appointed to the City Planning Commission three years ago, at a time when the city was faced with difficult budget cuts and major planning decisions. As a consequence, Shadko is acutely aware of the needs of this city. She understands the importance of keeping Puyallup an inviting place for both its citizens and for old/new businesses, providing the intangibles that make our city unique.
She is well-informed, passionate, forward-thinking and just plain scrappy, willing to go the distance for things that she believes in.
Regarding the question of gender raised by the letter writer, being female is the least of Shadko’s qualifications, although it is certainly an asset in this particular election. The all-male council that we’ve had over the past couple of years does not accurately represent Puyallup’s demographic. A little more balance is a good thing.