Matt Helder to run for DuPont City Council


DUPONT – Former JBLM Soldier Matt Helder today announced that he will run for an open seat on DuPont’s City Council. The seat is currently held by Kathy Trotter.

Helder is a former U.S. Army Captain who served with the 2nd Stryker Brigade at JBLM. He deployed to Afghanistan from 2012 to 2013 where he earned both the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge. [Read more…]

Bocchi announces Lakewood City Council re-election bid

Paul Bocchi announced his re-election bid for the Lakewood City Council:

“Lakewood has made a lot of progress in the last four years. Crime is lower, the city’s finances are stronger and we are investing in street maintenance for the first time in years. I have enjoyed working with my fellow council members, city staff and and Lakewood citizens to help make Lakewood safer and its government more efficient, effective and responsive. We need to work to make Lakewood more livable by building on the success of the past and making sure that the improvements being made reach all neighborhoods and citizens.”

Bocchi is a budget analyst for Pierce County. His wife, Holly, works for the Clover Park School District. They have three children.

County Republican Party elects new officers

On Saturday, December 13, 2014 the Pierce County Republican Party held a meeting for their Central Committee Precinct Committee Officers, members and guests. This meeting was held to vote and organize itself for the 2015-2016 terms.

The newly elected board is: Deryl McCarty (Puyallup) Chairman; Linda Siegel (Fox Island) Vice Chair; Connie Coleman-Lacadie (Lakewood) State Committeeman; James Caswell, State Committeeman; Sharon Hanek (Bonney Lake) Treasurer and Patricia Mannie (University Place) Deputy Treasurer. [Read more…]

2014 election certification and recount briefing, Nov. 26

The 2014 general election was certified by the Pierce County Canvassing Board today, bringing the election to a close. Results are available on the Pierce County elections website ( The Canvassing Board has ordered a recount for one race. Pierce County Council District 7 (Derek Young v Stan Flemming) is separated by just 93 votes or .00224, requiring a manual recount. Manual (hand count) recounts are triggered if the difference between the candidates is less than one quarter of one percent (.0025) and also less than 150 votes. [Read more…]

Westside Story – Election Reflection

Just 12 days of slick, misleading political recycling trash junk mail.

November 4, 2014, Election Day, has come and gone.

I remember middle school elections of the 1950s.  Candidates made posters. Candidates made “Vote for me” paper badges for their supporters.  Little effort was expended determining which candidates were most qualified. It was a silly juvenile popularity contest based on superficial issues such as who had the best posters.

As I reflect on elections in my adult life, it appears to me that not much has changed.  Today’s elections are still much like middle school;  silly  and juvenile.
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