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Tag: Connie Ladenburg

Oct.
18th

Our endorsements in Pierce County Council races

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

At least three faces on the Pierce County Council will change after the Nov. 6 election, but the political makeup of the council is likely to remain roughly the same with Republicans outnumbering Democrats. The only question is whether the GOP majority is 5 to 2 or 4 to 3.

• The District 2 race won’t affect that equation; it’s between two Republicans – incumbent Joyce McDonald, a former state representative from Puyallup, and Jeffery Hogan, the mayor of Edgewood. The district also includes Sumner, Milton and Northeast Tacoma.

Hogan’s main issue with McDonald has been her strong support for creating a flood control district that could levy a small countywide tax aimed at preventing and mitigating flood damage. Given the vulnerability of so much of the district to a catastrophic flood, her position makes sense.

Hogan could be a viable candidate for this position in four years, when McDonald term-limits out. But for now, district voters should stick with the incumbent (they gave her 68 percent of the vote in the primary). She works hard for their concerns and deserves a second term.

Here are our endorsements in the other council races – all open seats:

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July
10th

Our choices in three Pierce County Council races

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

The Pierce County Council is getting a major makeover this year. Three of its seven members are term-limiting out at the end of this year, and a fourth is seeking re-election. So at least three new faces will be on the council come Jan. 1, 2013.

Of the four races, three will be on the Aug. 7 ballot, with the top two vote-getters in each contest going on to the Nov. 6 general election. The fourth race – District 6 (Lakewood, Steilacoom, Dupont) – has only two candidates, so it will be decided in the general election.

District 2 (Northeast Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Edgewood) – Incumbent Joyce McDonald, a Puyallup Republican and a former five-term state representative, is seeking a second term on the council. She should get it. The only woman on the county’s governing body, McDonald is a pragmatic consensus builder who knows the district well. She has played an important role in the county’s ability to weather the recession without drastic layoffs or cutting the public safety budget. Read more »

Oct.
3rd

Ladenburg, Kirby and Conway in the 29th district

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

Three candidates with strong name recognition have the upper hand headed into the November elections for 29th Legislative District seats.

They also have our endorsement.

Longtime Democratic lawmakers Steve Kirby and Steve Conway want to return to the Legislature, with Conway wanting to trade up to a seat in the Senate.

Kirby, a former Tacoma City Councilman, is running for his sixth term in the state House. He is chairman of the House Insurance, Financial Services and Consumer Protection committee.

Kirby’s challenger, Republican Jesse Miller, owns a business managing rappers and is the former chair of the board at the Statewide Poverty Action Network.

She’s not a stranger to the legislative process – Miller has championed legislation to make it easier for felons to have their voting rights restored and to impose stiffer regulations on payday lenders.

But Kirby has a better sense of what it takes to get deals done. As chairman of the banking committee, he pushed through compromise legislation on payday lending that – while it didn’t satisfy Miller – offered good consumer protections.

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Nov.
18th

Let next Tacoma council fill empty seats

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Departing Tacoma City Council members should resist the temptation to make a final mark (or two) on city government via the appointment process.

The council is debating how to fill vacancies created by this month’s election. Councilwoman Marilyn Strickland is moving to the mayor’s chair, and Julie Anderson is leaving the council to become Pierce County auditor.

Both need to be replaced, and the question before the council is not only who will fill their seats but who gets to do the picking – the three newly elected council members or the term-limited four who are leaving?

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