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Lindquist to hold campaign kick-off

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on June 3, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
June 4, 2010 5:36 pm

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist is launching his campaign with a kick-off event on Saturday. Lindquist, who was the office’s chief criminal deputy, is trying to win election to the post after being appointed to replace retiring prosecutor Gerry Horne last year.

“I am committed to leading a professional, non-partisan office that serves the people of our community well,” Lindquist said in a press release.

Lindquist’s event at the old Heidelberg Brewery will feature remarks from notable supporters, including Sheriff Paul Pastor, Congressman Adam Smith, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Lakewood Mayor Doug Richardson. He also promises entertainment from “popular local band The Beatniks and unnamed musical guest stars, including a member of a nationally known multi-platinum band.” (We won’t give away the surprise here, but he’s from Seattle, plays the guitar and his name rhymes with “Eater Yuk.”)

Lindquist faces a challenge from one of his office’s own employees, Pierce County deputy prosecutor Bertha Fitzer.

See the full press release below.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist announces campaign kick-off event
Tacoma, Wash. – Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist will officially kick off his campaign on Saturday, June 5 at 7 p.m. in Tacoma’s historic Heidelberg Brewery building at 2210 S. “C” St.
Lindquist, the former Chief Criminal Deputy, has been with the Prosecutor’s Office for 15 years.  He was appointed Prosecutor by the Pierce County Council’s unanimous bi-partisan vote. Lindquist has earned the support of leaders from both political parties, including former Republican Governor Daniel J. Evans, and former Democratic Governor and Pierce County Executive Booth Gardner. 
“I am committed to leading a professional, non-partisan office that serves the people of our community well,” Prosecutor Lindquist said.
Under Lindquist’s leadership, the Prosecutor’s Office has aggressively prosecuted violent street gangs, held accountable all the defendants who assisted cop-killer Maurice Clemmons, reduced the criminal case backlog and increased access to justice. 
Police and firefighters are among Lindquist’s dedicated supporters. Detective Ed Troyer said, “Mark Lindquist is a cop’s prosecutor. He’s tough, aggressive, and in the trenches with us. That’s why law enforcement is supporting him.” 
Troyer will serve as the emcee of the kick-off event. Sheriff Paul Pastor, Congressman Adam Smith, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Lakewood Mayor Doug Richardson will be featured speakers.
“There will be more music and socializing than speeches,” Troyer promised. 
Popular local band The Beatniks and unnamed musical guest stars, including a member of a nationally known multi-platinum band, will provide entertainment.
Mark and his wife Chelsea live in Tacoma, and the couple is expecting their first child in August. They belong to St. Leo’s Church. Mark is an accomplished author with four published novels. He and his wife Chelsea enjoy hiking, reading, and attending Tacoma’s non-profit theater, The Grand Cinema. 

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