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Former Peninsula School Board member Betty Ringlee enters County Council race

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on May 3, 2010 at 2:33 pm with 3 Comments »
May 3, 2010 2:55 pm

Betty Ringlee, who served on the Peninsula School Board for a decade, announced today she’ll run for the County Council seat being vacated by Terry Lee.

Ringlee, a Democrat, becomes the sixth candidate in the race for the Council District 7 seat, which represents the Gig Harbor and Key peninsulas, a portion of  Tacoma, University Place and Fircrest.

The 30-year Gig Harbor resident said she would focus on quality of life; implementation of the Key Peninsula community plan; the Shoreline Master Plan; and fixing the traffic logjams and safety problems on State Route 302.

“I would like to see a seamless transition after Terry Lee’s great service to the community,” she said in her announcement. … Hard work on all the issues has paid great dividends for District 7 and it is the standard folks expect. It will be a full time job for me.”

Ringlee served on the Peninsula School Board from 1997 to 2007. She was assistant to Pierce County Councilwoman Karen Biskey from 1994 to 2002. Biskey represented District 7.

Democrats Todd Iverson and Chuck West and Republicans Bill Sehmel, Larry Wingard and Stan Flemming previously announced their candidacies.

West is a division chief for Key Peninsula Fire District 16; Iverson and Sehmel are PenMet  Parks commissioners; Wingard, of Lakebay,  is a former Key Peninsula Park Board member who worked for the county public works department for 22 years; Flemming is a former University Place City Council member and mayor.

Lee, a Republican, is prevented by term limits from seeking reelection to the seat he’s held for eight years.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. mattersnot1 says:

    We sure don’t need another former school board member in county government.
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    That’s where Cathy Pearsall-Stipek and Pat McCarthy came from.

  2. jiminycricket says:

    Serving on the school board more than adequately prepares one to serve in county government. I am thankful that there are those who are willing to serve! Public service is a tremendous sacrifice and I’m glad that we will have a lot of qualified candidates to choose from.

  3. headedsouth says:

    Out of anyone running, R or D, Ringlee brings the most to the table. She has worked at the County and knows how the structure works which is half the battle for any new member to the Council. Ringlee understands that the District is moderate and that there are distinct needs out on the Peninsula that can only be provided by County Government. Plus unlike people like Iverson, this would be her full time job, not a part time job. Flemming has baggage from his day on the UP council like the failing Towne Center project and lawsuits with his former employer in Eastern Washington. We need experience leadership that can get things done.

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