As I listen to all the accolades about who’s the best candidate for the Puyallup City Council, I can’t help but remember the old Wendy’s commercial: “Where’s the beef?” Which candidates ahve genuinely contributed the most during the time they’ve been involved in city service and will continue to do so?
The Planning Commission, a citizen volunteer group, is frequently a training ground for City Council candidates. Since there are three commission members campaigning, just look back and see which commissioners really contributed to the tasks they were given. Or you can easily go to www.cityofpuyallup.org/puyallup-on-demand to hear who consistently contributes to the discussions. Those voices are the leaders.
Since being appointed to the planning commission in 2010, Steve Hastings has initiated the concept of adding an Economic Development Commission. This concept has been sent to staff and council; if adopted, it will result in the creation of a new citizen volunteer group tasked with developing ways to eliminate barriers for new businesses. This is “real beef.”
Since Chris McNutt’s appointment to the Planning Commission in 2012, he has been the driving force to put it in more control over its own meetings rather than just being a reviewer of the projects city staff bring forward. This ensures the commission is a real asset to the city, the council and the citizens and not just a “rubber stamp” board. This is “real beef.”
I support both of these gentlemen for service on the Puyallup City Council.