This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.
John Alexander comes across as an impressive candidate for the Puyallup City Council: soft-spoken, earnest, thoughtful, articulate. Just the guy you want on a council where reason and level-headedness have been in short supply at times.
Alexander charmed us enough this summer that had we not caught him in a lie – he told us his mind wasn’t made up about City Manager Gary McLean despite having blogged that “replacing him is a priority of mine” – we would have considered endorsing him.
But as detail after detail from Alexander’s past has dribbled out, it’s clear that Alexander is not the person he portrays himself to be. More to the point, he has demonstrated time and again that he doesn’t belong on the council.