Currently serving as Executive Pro Tem on the Pierce County Council, Joyce McDonald announced Friday that she will seek election to Congress to represent the people of the 10th Congressional District.
McDonald previously served five terms in the Washington State House of Representatives where she was twice recognized by Washington State police officers as Legislator of the Year for providing increased school safety, tighter sex offender laws, and tougher drunk driving and meth lab penalties. Joyce also was named a Woman of Influence by The Business Examiner. Joyce is known for her “firsts” by passing the first law in the nation that prohibited Text Messaging While Driving and the first Washington State Voyeurism Law.
McDonald is recognized as an effective leader and has been honored for her work in creating the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District, which is currently working with the Army Corp of Engineers on a plan to improve the levy system along the Puyallup River. “The families in Pierce County are depending on us to protect their jobs throughout the Puyallup Valley, along I-5, Highways 167 and 410, all the way to the Port of Tacoma,” said McDonald. Joyce has also championed the economic viability of Pierce County’s farms and is working to improve the regulatory landscape for our local farmers.
McDonald is most pleased with her work as Chair of the Pierce County Council ensuring fiscal accountability and a balanced budget, even during the most recent economic downturn. “At the first signs of recession, we tightened belts and cut spending in county government almost $90 million, while prioritizing the services that are most important to our citizens – Sheriff’s Deputies in our neighborhoods, justice in the courts, and criminals off the streets and in the jail.
“I am prepared to continue making tough decisions to ensure that the federal government balances the budget and learns to live within its means, without increasing the tax burden on our country’s hard working families,” said McDonald. “Elected officials sometimes forget they only serve to represent the people, while citizens are working hard to support their families and make our communities better places to live.”
The 10th Congressional District encompasses the cities of Sumner, Fife, Edgewood and Puyallup, along with part of South Hill. It then moves westward and takes in Summit-Waller, Parkland, Spanaway and Frederickson, and portions of Tacoma south of I-5 and east of Pacific Avenue. The district also covers Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the cities of Lakewood, University Place, Fircrest, Steilacoom, DuPont and Anderson Island. The southern half of the district includes most of Thurston County including Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Yelm, and also a portion of Mason County that includes the city of Shelton.