Pierce County Council member Joyce McDonald announced today she is running for reelection.
McDonald, R-Puyallup, is currently the chairwoman of the council, selected by her council colleagues in January.
McDonald has been a proponent of a countywide flood-control zone district, which the council voted to create last month.
She is seeking reelection for District 2, which includes Puyallup, Fife, Sumner, Edgewood, Milton, Northeast Tacoma, Browns Point-Dash Point, Pacific and the Lakeland area of Auburn.
Before her election to the council in 2008, McDonald served five terms as a state representative from the 25th District.
Here’s the news release:
COUNTY COUNCIL CHAIR, JOYCE MCDONALD ANNOUNCES
RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN FOR PIERCE COUNTY COUNCIL
Puyallup, WA –Currently serving as Chair of the Pierce County Council, Joyce McDonald announced today that she will seek re-election to her 2nd District seat on the Pierce County Council. District 2 represents the areas of Puyallup, Fife, Sumner, Edgewood, Milton, Northeast Tacoma, Browns Point-Dash Point, Pacific and the Lakeland area of Auburn.
“Ensuring fiscal responsibility and accountability along with improving public safety have always been in my top priorities,” said McDonald. “I look forward to continuing to work on these important issues in my second term on the Pierce County Council.” With sound fiscal leadership, Pierce County has weathered the economic downturn that crippled the state legislature. At the first signs of recession, Pierce County tightened belts and cut spending. Since 2008, county government has cut 14 percent of its workforce and almost $90 million in total spending, while prioritizing the services that are most important to Pierce County’s citizens – Sheriff’s Deputies in our neighborhoods, justice in the courts, and criminals off the streets and in the jail.
“I am prepared to continue making tough decisions to ensure that we balance the budget, without increasing the tax burden on our county’s hard working families,” said McDonald.
McDonald previously served five terms in the Washington State House of Representatives where she was twice recognized by Washington State police officers as Legislator of the Year for providing increased school safety, tighter sex offender laws, and tougher drunk driving and meth lab penalties. Joyce also was named a 2007 Woman of Influence by The Business Examiner.