I’ve had the pleasure of serving the City of Lakewood for 13 years as both a member of the city council and mayor. During this time, I’ve worked with Jason Whalen to strengthen public safety and develop infrastructure in our communities – among many other accomplishments. As a result of hard work, crime rates continue to decrease, street improvements continue to improve lives, and a new code enforcement continues to facilitate redevelopment of blighted properties.

I am endorsing Jason for Pierce County Council because I’ve witnessed his genuine dedication to improving the lives of everyone in Lakewood. And I know he’ll bring that same dedication to communities in our county – including the men and women in uniform on Joint Base Lewis-McCord. As a veteran, I know that civilians don’t often understand all that goes on in the military and the types of challenges that face our servicemembers. With JBLM located in District 6, it is critical we elect a veteran like Jason. Our men and women in uniform cannot afford to have someone who doesn’t have an understanding of the issues they face.

Pierce County also faces significant struggles in the coming months and Jason has the experience to start solving these challenges from Day One. He won’t need to have ‘on the job’ training. 

COVID-19 delivered a financial blow to many families in our communities and our local governments. Jason’s opponent wants to raise taxes, our struggling families can’t afford that. It’s never been more important to have experienced leaders who know how to get results without always asking residents for more money. Jason provided much needed guidance to help Lakewood recover from the 2008 economic downturn – and our communities came out stronger. I trust in Jason’s abilities to do it again for Pierce County as a member of the county council.

Please join me in voting for Jason Whalen for Pierce County Council.

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