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Former union president runs for Pierce County Council

Post by David Wickert on Feb. 4, 2010 at 10:03 am with 5 Comments »
February 4, 2010 10:03 am

Longtime Tacoma firefighter Pat McElligott has filed to run for Pierce County Council’s District 1 seat this fall.

McElligott, an Orting Democrat, will seek to replace Councilman Shawn Bunney, R-Lake Tapps, who cannot run again because of term limits.

McElligott spent 19 years as president of the Tacoma Professional Firefighters Union before stepping down from the post in 2008. The union is a potent force in city politics.

McElligott is the first candidate to file for the District 1 council seat. State Rep. Dan Roach, R-Bonney Lake, also is expected to run for the seat.

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  1. bigbarb43 says:

    So what position will Bunney be looking for to stay on a government payroll?

  2. bigbarb43 says:

    Was it not the present city council that help up construction of a hotel in Tacoma because of “concerns” over non union contractors? Was that a sample of what might be in store for Pierce County?

  3. enotrams says:

    So this race is starting to look like voters will have a choice between a union beholdin democrat and a complete idiot who can barely spell republican.

  4. smcelhiney says:

    Oh my… those evil firefighters must be stopped, especially the union ones that put out fires and save lives without charging whatever the market will bear or being outsourced to China… damn them!!!

    /sarcasm -off

    In the County of ‘if it doesn’t serve the Master Builders political wants, it doesn’t matter.’

  5. Will Baker should run.

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