With Mayor Rick Hansen term-limited out and Kent Boyle resigning early from his District 3 seat, at least two new faces will be on the Puyallup City Council after the Nov. 5 election. A third council race features an incumbent versus a political newcomer.
It’s an intriguing election, with three female candidates — Corry Glucoft, Heather Shadko and Julie Door — trying to win entry into what is now an all-male club.
Their gender isn’t all they have in common; they are also loosely aligned politically. The same can be said for their opponents, incumbent John Hopkins, Steve Hastings and Chris McNutt. The latter three seem likely to perpetuate a council voting bloc that now consists of Hopkins, Hansen, John Knutsen and Steve Vermillion. The group’s goals are varied, but a frequent factor is opposition to policies associated with former Mayor Kathy Turner.
The News Tribune editorial board thinks Puyallup residents would be best served by returning Hopkins to the council and adding two women.
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• In District 1, Hopkins is being challenged by small business co-owner Glucoft. She has youth and enthusiasm on her side, and like the other two women running, she’s concerned about quality-of-life issues that affect families. But she’s had negligible involvement with civic issues prior to her candidacy and would not be a trade up from Hopkins, past chairman of Puyallup Main Street and a District 1 resident since 1988.
A solid member of the City Council whose focus has been on a sustainable budget, Hopkins is a hands-on council member who walks his district looking for problems that need addressing. He deserves re-election.
• The District 2 race pits the chairman (Hastings) and a member (Shadko) of the Puyallup Planning Commission against each other. They’re both credible candidates and have lived in Puyallup roughly the same amount of time. We lean towards Shadko.
A contracts and procurement specialist at the Port of Tacoma, Shadko is past chair of the Puyallup Public Library Board, on which she has served for 10 years, and has been deeply involved in the community. We think she’d be a fine council member.
• Two lifelong Puyallup residents — Door and Planning Commission vice-chair McNutt — square off in District 3, and either would do well on the City Council.
We give the edge to Door, co-owner with her husband of a Puyallup chiropractic clinic. She played a key role in the city’s halfway house issue and was instrumental in passage of legislation placing conditions on housing vouchers for released felons. Like Shadko, she’d be an independent voice for families.
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