Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson has announced he will seek re-election to the Lakewood City Council. First elected in 2007, Anderson served five years as deputy mayor before being chosen as mayor in January of 2013. Both positions are selected by vote of fellow council members. A Lakewood resident for over 25 years, he has practiced law with the Tacoma firm of Eisenhower & Carlson since 1981. He holds degrees in business administration and law from the University of Puget Sound.
Anderson intends to move forward with Lakewood’s emphasis on public safety, improved infrastructure and enhancement of the park system. “The team effort of our council, city staff and community has resulted in a much lower crime rate, continued improvements to streets and sewers and new and improved park properties,” he said. “I hope to continue those trends into the foreseeable future.” With an uptick in the economy and infrastructure enhancement in place, we are poised for realization of some significant redevelopment opportunities. This is also an area of special emphasis for the City.
An active advocate for improvements to the I-5/JBLM corridor, Anderson also serves as Lakewood’s representative on the board of Pierce Transit, where he is a member of the executive committee. A former U.S. Navy officer, Anderson has actively worked to enhance the relationship between JBLM and the community. He serves as co-chair of the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership, is on the boards of non-profits serving the military and veteran communities and was awarded the Order of St. Maurice by the U.S. Infantry Association for exceptional support of the U.S. Army Infantry.
Anderson has a long history of community involvement including leadership roles in a number of non-profits, including service as board chair of both Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region and the Puyallup School District Board of Directors. Using this experience, he initiated Lakewood’s public-private partnership with Habitat for Humanity which has leveraged public funds for housing infrastructure into what will eventually be over 30 new owner occupied homes in the Tillicum neighborhood.
Don and his wife Nancy, a public school teacher, have been married 38 years, are the parents of four grown daughters and have three grandchildren.
A kickoff breakfast fundraiser will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday May 6 at the Old Country Buffet in Lakewood Towne Center. The public is invited to attend.