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What’s on the Ballot: Pierce County

In case you weren’t aware, a part of Auburn is in Pierce County. It is a small but mighty section, and we love our Pierce County Auburn residents just as we love every King County Auburn resident! But that means ballots will have different races or initiatives. These races are a few of them!

A friendly reminder to our Auburn residents who live in Pierce County, your ballot drop boxes are located in Sumner and Bonney Lake. Avoid the last-minute rush on Tuesday, and get your ballot in now!

Pierce County Executive 

Bruce Dammeier
(Prefers Republican Party)

Elected Experience
Pierce County Executive (2017-Present); State Sena- tor (2013-2016); State Representative (2009-2013); Puyallup School Board (2001-2009).

Other Professional Experience
Eight years of military service and six years as a local manufacturing executive. Current partner and director at Print NW, a small business in Lakewood.

Education
Curtis High School Class of 1979. United States Naval Academy (BS, Engineering, with distinction). University of Washington (MS, Engineering).

Community Service
Served in leadership roles at Tacoma Goodwill, Good Samaritan Hospital, and UW-Tacoma. Member of University Place Presbyterian Church and Rotary. Former elementary school tutor and Ferrucci Junior High coach. Married to Lauren for 36 years with three sons and two granddaughters.

Statement
When you elected me Pierce County Executive, I promised to listen and get things done. I have kept that commitment.

Under my leadership, we supported struggling small businesses and protected local jobs. We cut red tape and boosted construction. We helped people pay rent while they got back on their feet. We sent health professionals to protect our seniors and medically fragile residents. We opened a new mental health clinic for veterans and their families. We cleaned up hundreds of nuisance properties, including the Old Puget Sound Hospital. We hired more deputies. We increased drug and mental health treatment. We expanded the Foothills Trail. We partnered to build a new shelter for homeless youth. We made government more transparent and accountable. We fought to uphold the will of the voters. We have been fiscally and socially responsible—and we did all this working in a collaborative, bipartisan way.

We have accomplished a lot, but there is more work ahead. I have led Pierce County through the Amtrak 501 tragedy, snowstorms, floods, and now COVID-19. I am ready to take on our toughest challenges for another four years, and I would be honored to have your support

Email: [email protected]
Campaign Website


Larry Seaquist
(Prefers Democratic Party)

Elected Experience
Served eight years as State Representative (Gig Harbor), chaired House Higher Education Committee, served on Budget, Health Care, and Education committees.

Other Professional Experience
A Navy vet, I started as enlisted reservist, commanded four warships including Battleship USS IOWA, and led Pentagon strategy and budget planning teams. Followed 32-year Navy career with service in international war zones and US cities helping local communities replace crisis with hope.

Education
BS, General Science, OSU. Teach strategic planning, Evergreen State College.
Community Service: With League of Women Voters, I led multi-year project to understand and prevent homelessness. Member, Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Key Peninsula Business Association, American Legion.

Statement
With so many still unemployed and our future uncertain, we are all called to action. The choices we make at this critical moment will shape the future for generations. I bring fresh, creative leadership to the two main roles of the County Executive. I am an experienced leader-manager ready to reshape our county government as a model of good government in the very different world ahead. And I am a skilled facilitator ready to engage all our communities, businesses and civic organizations in our common enterprise of building together a future better than the one we had when the virus attacked.

We cannot go back to the way things were; we cannot sink further into partisan, dysfunctional wrangling. I am confident that working together, aided by a trim, competent county government, we can corral the virus and climb all the way out of this hole. Together, let’s build a better Pierce County where every family is housed, healthy, and educated, where all are able to provide for their families with meaningful work, where we shop in thriving local businesses, and where we enjoy an improving environment in our parks, trails, forests and waters.

I humbly ask for your support.

Contact
(206) 321-2747
[email protected]
Campaign Website


Pierce County Sheriff

Darin G. Harris

Elected Experience
New Candidate

Other Professional Experience
Twenty five years’ experience in the military, law enforcement and firefighting, working and leading personnel in constantly changing environments recognized for consistently excelling in “every assignment and task”.

Education
Law Enforcement Supervisors Leadership Training Program LESLTP-2001, Miller Heiman Group/ Building Leadership, Department of Defense Human Resources Supervisor Program, Non-commissioned Officer Academy, Advanced Management Training Academy, Special Operations Support Personnel Training Academy, Federal Uniformed Police Training Program and Detroit Police Academy.

Community Service Continually serving as a Community Policing Representative to reconnect/connect the relationship with public servants.

Statement
I strive to lead from the front through vision, values, experience and trust. Pierce County as a whole is going to grow and I will strive to solve the unique challenges that will be brought. I am approachable along with understanding to new and old ideas that work. I will build a well-rounded department that the Pierce County Community needs. I will ensure that the department will continue to evolve and implement the changes to transparency throughout the community. Leading from the front is and has always been my goal. Protecting life and property are at the highest priority of this community to ensure this as a continued priority, I will advocate adding deputies to reduce response times and increase employment opportunities throughout the community. In saying that, the resources that are available to me will be used to that effect. I will serve with professionalism to the highest degree and take accountability for mine and the departments’ actions.

Contact
(253) 252-9422
Candidate Website


Doug Richardson

Elected Experience
Pierce County Council (Current), 5 years as Chair; Mayor of Lakewood for 7 years

Other Professional Experience
Former Army Ranger; Brigadier General, USA (Retired), 32 years of active and reserve service; 25 years of management experience at Northrop Grumman.

Education
B.A., The Citadel; Masters, Strategic Studies, United States Army War College

Community Service
South Sound Military and Communities Partnership; Rally Point 6 Veterans’ Services Organization; Pierce County Law and Justice Council; Pierce County Public Safety Committee; South Sound 911, Chair; Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Disability Board; Former youth baseball and soccer coach; Past Clover Park School District Bond Committee Chair; Behavioral Health Coalition, Member.

Statement
Doug Richardson is a leader. Pierce County deputies want a strong Sheriff to lead them in the tough times ahead. That’s why the Deputy Sheriff’s Independent Guild endorses Doug over all others, saying “Doug Richardson is the right person to lead the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. His military experience in leading large organizations and developing a positive command climate uniquely positions him to develop the next generation of leadership in the Department.”

Doug’s experience is unmatched. A retired Brigadier General, he commanded 12,000 soldiers across six states. When Lakewood incorporated, Doug helped build a new Police Department from the ground up and served as Mayor for seven years. As County Council Chair for the past five years, Doug has developed and managed a $2 billion biennial budget.

Doug will champion our priorities and improve public safety. Join our Sheriff’s Deputies, Republicans, and Democrats in supporting Doug Richardson for Sheriff.

I’m proud to have the trust of our Deputy Sheriffs and I hope to earn your trust, too. I’m prepared to lead this department, ensure our deputies are treated with respect, provide the resources and training they need, and improve public safety. Thank You.” – Doug Richardson

Contact
(253) 799-0354
[email protected]
Candidate Website


Ed Troyer

Elected Experience
This is the first office I’ve run for, and it’s the only office I’m going to run for.

Other Professional Experience
35 years in Sheriff’s Department, 15 years as Detective, 10 years patrol, F.B.I. Commission with Federal Gang Task Force, 19 years as Public Information Officer, 4 medals of merit.

Education
Tacoma Community College Criminal Justice Associate Degree, Distinguished Alumni, Washington State Law Enforcement Academy.

Community Service
Pierce County Crime Stoppers Executive Director, Washington State Gambling Commissioner, Toys for Tots Lead Coordinator, Tapco Board Member Past Chair, President of the Fuson Foundation, Foster Parents Association of Washington, Special Olympics, Charlie’s Dinosaur, little league coach, and more.

Statement
I’m the Public Information Officer for the Sheriff’s Department. Before that, I patrolled the streets. Many of you know me. I’ve earned your trust. I want to continue our relationship. I’ve been transparent and truthful as a spokesperson and I’ll continue that openness as your Sheriff.

I’m running to keep you and your family safe. Our Sheriff’s Department has a strong history of public trust, integrity, and transparency. I’ve worked alongside Sheriff Pastor for 15 years and I am prepared to lead. I know our department from top to bottom. I’ll continue what we do well. I’ll make changes where we can do even better.

I was born in Tacoma and I’ve lived in Pierce County my entire life. I was raised by a single mother. I’ve worked since I was 15 years old. When I was 22, I applied for my dream job as a Sheriff’s Deputy.

My wife and I adopted three children out of foster care. I’m committed to the safety of all of our families. Hundreds of community leaders support me. Please visit my website for more information. I’m asking for your vote so I can continue serving and keeping you and your family safe.

Contact
(253) 267-8566
[email protected]
Candidate Website


Cyndie Fajardo

Elected Experience
President, Pierce County Deputy Sheriffs Guild (2006-2015)

Other Professional Experience
32-year veteran of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. Serving in multiple leadership and supervisory capacities; Commanding Officer Parkland-Spanaway Precinct; Interim Director of Public Safety-Town of Steilacoom; Task Force Leader-Washington Urban Search & Rescue; FEMA Incident Support Team; Washington State Search and Rescue Coordinators Association, Officer.

Education
Graduate, FBI National Academy; Master’s in Organizational Management; Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice Administration.

Community Service
Pierce County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, 2 years; Athletic Youth Organization, 13 years; YMCA-Youth at Risk Program, 2 years; Pierce County Deputy Sherif’s Association- Families in Need, 4 years.

Statement
Pierce County Sherif Lieutenant Cyndie Fajardo has precisely the type of law enforcement experience and the new vision that we need to replace longtime Sherif Paul Pastor who has served the Sherif’s Department with integrity and distinction.

As a 32-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department, Lieutenant Fajardo brings an unequaled level of experience to this campaign. In her leadership responsibilities and supervisory commands in patrol, narcotics, search and rescue, community programs and in the precincts, Cyndie Fajardo has worked hard to earn an excellent reputation and the respect of her fellow officers for her unwavering commitment to public safety in Pierce County.

Choosing a new Sheriff can be a difficult challenge. Cyndie is certainly not a career politician and she is definitely not a career spokesperson. But more importantly, Cyndie Fajardo is a career law enforcement officer with an exceptional record of accomplishment in numerous leadership positions.

Please cast your vote for Cyndie Fajardo for Sheriff. She has the direct, hands-on experience and the forward thinking, practical vision that we need to bring the Sheriff’s Department into the new world of policing to ensure the safety of all the citizens of Pierce County. Thank you.

Contact
(253) 237-3970
[email protected]
Candidate Website


Pierce County Council, Position No. 2

Sarah Rumbaugh
(Prefers Democratic Party) 
Elected Experience
Has not held public office

Other Professional Experience
Sarah owns her own consulting business based in Tacoma.

Education
Sarah has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College.

Community Service
Sarah serves on the City of Tacoma Human Rights Commission, the board of Associated Ministries of Pierce County and as a board member at Temple Beth El. She has served on the Board of Governor’s for Evergreen State College and as a PTA President at Browns Point Elementary School. Sarah was previously employed as a City Planner for the City of Kent.

Statement
We are facing challenging and unprecedented times as we work to end this pandemic and get lives back to normal. This crisis has shown too many people live paycheck to paycheck with many of our residents not being able to afford their mortgage or rent after only a few weeks of an economic shutdown.

This is an opportunity to reset our economy to ensure more living wage jobs, more affordable housing, better access to health care and a stronger safety net for our most vulnerable. To do this, we have to forgo the trend toward divisive, partisan politics and unite our county in rebuilding our economy by recruiting great companies that pay living wages, quickly building new housing for working families, strengthening our human services programs and continuing to protect our natural resources for future generations.

My background in planning, my work in nonprofits, my work in faith-based communities will ensure that I can hit the ground running resetting our county government and Pierce County’s economic health so we can better navigate challenges and economic slowdowns in the future.

Endorsed: Congressmembers Derek Kilmer and Adam Smith; State Auditor Pat McCarthy; South Sound Women’s Leadership; Washington Education Association

Contact
[email protected]
Candidate Website


Hans Zeiger
(Prefers Republican Party) 

Elected Experience
Hans Zeiger represents central Pierce County in the State Senate, serving on committees for housing, transportation, state government and tribal affairs. He previously served as State Representative for six years.

Other Professional Experience
Hans serves in the Washington Air National Guard, and he led the Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership.

Education
Puyallup High School; BA, Hillsdale College; Masters in Public Policy, Pepperdine University

Community Service
Hans is a member of the Puyallup Historical Society and South Hill Historical Society, the Kiwanis Club of Puyallup, and Bethany Baptist Church. He is the author of “Puyallup in World War II.” Hans is an Eagle Scout.

Statement
State Senator Hans Zeiger is working to strengthen our communities and promote economic recovery. As a fourth-generation Puyallup resident who is raising his two daughters here, Hans is committed to keeping Pierce County a great place for the next generation.

Hans has a proven record of working with people in both parties to solve tough problems. He promoted solutions to homelessness that focus on work, recovery, and accountability. He championed funding for the completion of Highway 167, while pushing for reforms to the Department of Transportation. He sponsored legislation to help veterans, firefighters, farmers, and low-income families.

As our next County Council member, Hans will continue to do what he does best: bring people together. He will go to work on the Pierce County Council to be a voice for fiscal responsibility, prioritizing public safety and health. He will be an advocate for our local businesses as they recover, create jobs, and grow Pierce County’s economy. And Hans will help position our county to be resilient as we emerge from the COVID-19 era and prepare for the future in a rapidly changing world.

Contact
(253) 905-8160
[email protected]
Candidate Website


 

The Auburn Examiner encourages voters to do additional, independent, candidate research before casting their vote. Information on candidates can be obtained through interviews and profiles (local news outlets are usually a great source), questionnaires, candidate forums and debates, and any available voting records. A variety of websites also provide further details and information about candidates. We urge all voters to verify the authenticity of any website, and information used to inform their voting decisions. Always remember: trust, but verify.

Important 2020 Primary Dates

July 27: LAST DAY for online and mail voter registration and updates! These must be received 8 days before Election Day. You are still able to register to vote and update your voter registration in person during business hours and any time before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
July 31: Unofficial, it is recommended that if mailing in your ballot, you return it by the Friday before Election Day to ensure it is postmarked by Election Day.
August 4: Deadline for in-person voter registration and updates (up to 8:00 pm).
August 4: Primary – Returned ballots must be postmarked or deposit your ballot in an official drop box by 8 pm on Election Day.

Don’t panic if you miss the deadline to register to vote online. You can still register in person up until 8:00 pm on election day If you have not yet received your ballot, contact your county (King or Pierce) elections department ASAP. Remember, voters do not have to declare a party affiliation to vote in the primary.

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Note from the editor: I’d like to offer my sincerest apologies to our Pierce County voters, and candidates. I am low on spoons today and was unable to pull position explanations or PDC links. 

 

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