A Pierce County parks employee is running for an upcoming vacancy on the County Council.
Erich Sachss, who’s worked for the Parks and Recreation Department for three years and is pursuing his MBA, says he is running to help save parks and improve the county’s recycling efforts.
Sachs is running as a Democrat for the District 5 seat, which is now held by Barbara Gelman, D-Tacoma, who can’t run again because of term limits. The District includes Midland, Parkland and parts of Spanaway, along with parts of South End, East Side and South Tacoma.
Also announced for the seat are former Tacoma City Councilman Rick Talbert and mid-county activist Audrey Chase.
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May 24, 2010
Pierce County- New County Council Candidate works to save parks and implement recycling
Erich Sachs is the newest Democratic candidate to throw his hat in the ring for Pierce County Council District Five. Sachs grew up in University Place now lives in the North Clover Creek/ Collins neighborhood of unincorporated Pierce County. He is currently an employee of Pierce County Parks and Recreation and a member of Teamsters Local 117.
Additionally, Sachs is an MBA student at Bainbridge Graduate Institute where he is working toward a degree in sustainable business. He selected his graduate program because it focuses on the triple bottom line, which requires that a successful business venture must work on the levels of fiscal, social and environmental sustainability.
Sachs has worked in Pierce County parks for three years and has been disturbed to see the mismanagement of funds that has led to far too much middle-management while parks in District Five — one of the poorest in Pierce County — have been closed or left with almost no service.
Over the past year Sachs has been working to implement a recycling program in the parks system. Waste studies indicate that the parks department, which professes to recycles, has an overall recycling rate of 6% on a good day. Sachs has proposed a plan which will move that number, depending on the support of the administration, to anywhere from 50-98%, all while saving the parks money and generating revenue and jobs.
Having seen up close how poorly funds have been managed and outraged at the disproportionate burden that District 5 has had to bear, Sachs is running for office so that he can speak for his district and protect the rights of a area that is increasingly under-represented.
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For more information, go to www.ErichSachs.com or please contact Erich Sachs at email@example.com or at 253.232.0442.