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Former union president runs for Pierce County Council

Longtime Tacoma firefighter Pat McElligott has filed to run for Pierce County Council’s District 1 seat this fall.

McElligott, an Orting Democrat, will seek to replace Councilman Shawn Bunney, R-Lake Tapps, who cannot run again because of term limits.

McElligott spent 19 years as president of the Tacoma Professional Firefighters Union before stepping down from the post in 2008. The union is a potent force in city politics.

McElligott is the first candidate to file for the District 1 council seat. State Rep. Dan Roach, R-Bonney Lake, also is expected to run for the seat.


Firefighters, other unions are top contributors to Tacoma candidates

firefightersI’ve been looking at campaign contributions to Tacoma candidates in recent elections. One things stands out: public employee unions dominate the list of top contributors.

An analysis of state contribution records shows unions representing city employees have given more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to Tacoma candidates since the 2003 elections. Five city employee unions are among the top 10 contributors to city candidates since 2003. (See the top 10 list below).

Leading the way is the Tacoma Professional Firefighters Union, which has given nearly $30,000 to city council and mayoral candidates. The union is the top contributor to Tacoma candidates in recent elections.

The Tacoma Police Union is second among all contributors, giving $23,500. Other top contributors in recent elections include the local Master Builders Association, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Simpson Investment Co.

Several elected officials say public employee unions – especially the firefighters – are the most influential group in Tacoma politics. We’ve got calls in to the firefighter and police unions. But I’m also interested in speaking with individual Tacoma firefighters and police officers. What are the city issues you care about? What do you look for in candidates? What do you hope your contributions will accomplish? Give me a call at 253-274-7341 or e-mail me at david.wickert@thenewstribune.com.

Below is the list of top 10 contributors to Tacoma council and mayoral candidates from the 2003 election cycle through early September of this year.
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