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Pierce County Council aide Tom Swanson to run for Puyallup City Council

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm with 9 Comments »
April 8, 2011 2:35 pm

Tom Swanson, assistant to Pierce County Councilwoman Joyce McDonald, announced this week he’ll run for the Puyallup City Council seat now held by Don Malloy.

Tom Swanson

Malloy is retiring from his District 3, Position 1 seat at the end of the year. The primary election is Aug. 16.

Swanson believes his combination of education and government experience will help him lead the city at a time of high unemployment and economic belt-tightening, he said in a campaign kick-off news release.

He is a graduate of Puyallup High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in workforce education and development from Southern Illinois University and a master’s in international relations/national security policy from Troy University.

He served aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke as a sonar technician, according to the biography.

His political experience includes work as a campaign coordinator and adviser to Republican Dino Rossi and as a legislative assistant in the Legislature. His community activities include service on the board of the Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce and as a City of Puyallup Planning Commissioner,  his resume says

He and his wife, Meridith, have one child, 6-month-old Henry.

You can learn more about his campaign here. And he can be contacted at  tom@electtomswanson.com.

Leave a comment Comments → 9
  1. hortonpeak says:

    I presume the “news” tribune will also cover others running for this seat. But then probably not.

  2. Oh good. Another young, right wing republican who has never held a job that wasn’t political. Perfect.

  3. hortonpeak says:

    Well, he has learned from Joyce. The paragon of do nothing politics.

  4. andreainnes says:

    In reply to Gen: Tom Swanson has broader “job” experience than many individuals in their 30s. His military service and a couple of years employed in the insurance industry COMBINED with his campaign, legislature and County Council positions make him very well qualified to serve the citizens of Puyallup. And what makes you qualfied to judge the value of any particular kind of “work” experience?

  5. Dan_Gerous says:

    Tom Swanson is EXACTLY the kind of person we need on the Puyallup City Council.

  6. My wife and I have met Tom Swanson and discussed his goals and expectations as well as his vision for the future of Puyallup. Tom is highly dedicated to public service. He’s very optimistic about Puyallup’s future and emphasizes that a city council composed of members dedicated to accomplishing important goals in a cooperative and collaborative team effort, versus partisan bickering, is essential for our city. We’re convinced us that he deserves an opportunity to serve us on the city council.

  7. Swanson would be a disaster for Puyallup. Another “stoolie” of Joyce McDonald’s. Hopefully Puyallup voters will be smart enough to avoid Swanson like we all did with her other relatives and aides.
    Besides that, he’s just a lousy candidate, but no doubt McDonald will pullout all the stops for him.
    If you dont believe his “arrogance” watch his bizarre “You Tube” performance.

  8. vrumvrum says:

    I’ve had a couple of lengthy conversations with Tom and have found him to have a lot of good ideas regarding budgeting and accountability.

    There’s nothing wrong with having experience in government, we just have to be sure it isn’t used for evil.

  9. Hey IQof88 (if that really is your IQ), how about a link to the alleged Tom Swanson Youtube video. There are only about two dozen different Tom Swansons who have been the subject of youtube videos, and I did not see one that looked like this guy.
    Thanks!

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