Pierce County Councilman Dr. Stan Flemming has announced he will be running for re-election in District 7. The district includes, West and North Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula, McNeil Island, Fox Island, Raft Island and Ruston.
Flemming’s broad base of professional experience includes work as a former Army General, Physician, State Representative, Mayor, University President, County Council member and humanitarian. His combined experience along with his proven leadership abilities has earned him a broad spectrum of support from both Democrat and Republican leaders. Flemming’s ability to work across partisan lines has enabled him to be a highly effective county leader passing legislation that included personal property rights protection, e-cigarette sales and use, support for veteran’s programs, economic development, environmental, mental health, and most notable, accountability for abandoned and foreclosed homes. He has been outspoken on rising costs and safety issues in the county jail calling for the establishment of a commission to examine the issues and concerns raised regarding jail operations. Flemming said, “It has been a true privilege serving the people of the seventh district. The outpouring of support from my constituents has been overwhelming. It’s not often that an elected gets the opportunity to experience such a broad-base of support from constituents from both sides of the aisle.”
Elected in November 2010, Flemming will be running for his second and final term on the council. A growing list of key supporters, he has received the support by former Mayor of Tacoma and current school board member, Karen Vialle (D), Pierce County Council Chair Joyce McDonald (R), Councilmember Jim McCune (R), Tacoma City Councilmembers Victoria Woodard (D), Anders Ibsen (D), and Ryan Mello (D); Mayor Ken Grassi (R), Mayor David Viafore (R), Gig Harbor Fire Chief John Burgess, Mike Davis, and Assistant Chief Chuck West of Key Peninsula.
Accomplishments on the council include funding to rehabilitate the two Pierce County airports located in Pierce County, transportation for the Key Peninsula, funding for parks, senior centers, law enforcement, and preservation of historical sites.
Flemming said part of his goals for his second term include continuing to fight for personal property rights with regards to the proposed Shoreline Master Plan, funding to replace the Fox Island Bridge, highway safety improvements, Family Support Centers, open space for Parks and reduced tolls on the Tacoma-Narrows Bridge. Chief Burgess added, “I have never known an elected at the county council who has accomplished so much for his constituents in such a brief time. He is non-partisan in his dealings. His accomplishments are unprecedented; his focus and support of the people is unyielding, and is the right representative at the right time to continue fighting for all of us. I urge each of you to join us in helping to retain Stan Flemming as OUR representative at the county council…he truly gets the job done.”