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Non-partisan Pierce County offices? Republicans on county council start process to change the charter to make executive and council members non partisan

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on June 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm with 8 Comments »
June 21, 2011 5:24 pm

At it’s regular meeting today, the Pierce County Council introduced and scheduled for committee and public hearings two charter amendments.

The first, sponsored by Joyce McDonald and Dick Muri, would make the county council offices non-partisan

The second, sponsored by Muri, Roger Bush and Stan Flemming, would make the county executive non-partisan.

If successful, that would leave just the prosecutor as a partisan office. Voters have already made the shift for auditor, assessor-treasurer and sheriff.

It would take five votes for the council to place a charter amendment before voters. Republicans have a 5-2 advantage on the council.

Here’s a pdf of the updated agenda containing the two measures.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. Tacoma_Bourne says:

    And the voters will reject it

  2. theaveragecitizen says:

    it will only make it to the voters if the 5 republicans on the council approve it, and that would actually require Stan Flemming to physically be present at a council meeting and vote. the chances of that happening are slim, as are the chance of voters approving it. they’ll approve no charter changes after the ranked-choice voting fiasco.

  3. rusirius says:

    what a load. remember when the republicants tried to rig the panel by rejecting the democratic party choices for the redistricting committee and Joyce McDonald told everybody, tough we have the votes. now it backfired and they believe in non-partisanship? hey then why not do it three years ago when they made the auditor and the assessor non-partisan. hypocrits and liars that”s what r’s are

  4. Vote them out! I don’t need to see an “R” behind their name to remember their affiliation. Why do they need to hide? It can’t be because they are ashamed of themselves, Republicans have no shame!

  5. SPanaway1 says:

    Buwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha………………. who the (*&^#) do you think you’re fooling?!

  6. SuperSteve says:

    The Republicans did this up in King County, and now their County Council elections are “non-partisan.”

    But everyone knows which candidate is the Republican and which the Democrat – and they remember which party pushed for the ability to hide their candidates affiliation, and why.

  7. Hmmm… what do you think Admiral Ackbar?


  8. olympicmtn says:

    Come on. This is like the parents who are trying to raise their baby as a non-gender baby.

    All these offices are partisan to say they are not is a joke. Our executive, auditor, assessor are all partisan and espouse about it often in their endorsements.

    It is like government circling the wagon so outside candidates who actual have a voice are squashed and they can appoint their self appointed groupies who belong to Tacoma Club, ALF, “special non profits” that sound good (made up of appointed flock) and golf with the ed board or drink beer with the sheriff.

    Acton must of thought of Pierce County when he said “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

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