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Which Pierce County Candidates Can Help Tacoma?


In November, Pierce County Candidates will be asking you to vote for them.

But what do we know about them? Will they do anything to help the many needs Tacoma has?


If elected which candidate can obtain something meaningful like reduce suburban sprawl, help to rebuild Tacoma and reduce the disproportionate number of felons being place in Tacoma and in Pierce County?


Tacoma is located in Pierce County


Its true. Tacoma cannot get away from the tremendous influence Pierce County government has on the city. The county runs the jail and is in the best position to hold the line on the number of felons being placed in the county and in Tacoma.

Appropriately infilling and rebuilding the city also depends on Pierce County getting suburban sprawl under control.


Here are the questions sent to Ken Paulson and Tim Farrell, candidates for Pierce County Council District No 4.

We will post the responses when they come in.


Do you see any that we missed?



Tim Ferrell

Ken Paulson

1) Jail releases

The media has reported that the Pierce County Jail currently releases nearly all of the people who have been arrested in Pierce county into downtown Tacoma even if they are arrested in Orting or a remote area of the county. Would you support a plan which would transport some or all of the jail releasees to the places where they were arrested or where they live when their sentence ends?


2) Growth management

Over the last 30 years, Pierce County has been know for suburban sprawl which has caused the loss of farmland, pollution, traffic congestion and disinvestment in Tacoma.

If you are re-elected, how will you address the effects of sprawl and growth management in Pierce County? How would that plan be different, if at all, from what is in place now?


3) Pierce County Felon “Dumping Ground” Issues

As you know, Tacoma and Pierce County have a disproportionate number of released felons placed by the Department of Corrections as described in the Tacoma City Club report: 30 Years of DOC in Pierce County, Was It Worth It?

If re-elected, what do you plan to do, if anything to reduce the number of felons placed in Tacoma and Pierce County? Do you agree that Tacoma and Pierce County should have no more than their pro-rata share based on population? How can the concentration of felons be reduced to its pro-rata share?


4) Elks Temple

A great many Tacomans would like to see the Elks Temple restored. There have been plans discussed to possibly turn part of the building into a transit station.

What is your position on this issue? What plan would you support?


5) Rebuilding Tacoma

Despite the progress made, Tacoma still has a large number of vacant lots, and empty and blighted buildings relative to other west coast cities. What role can you and Pierce County take, if you are re-elected, to support the rebuilding of downtown Tacoma and Tacoma’s mixed use centers.


6) Restoring Tacoma’s Streetcars

Many Tacomans support restoring Tacoma’s streetcar system. Gas prices are now at record levels. Pierce County plays a large role in transportation systems in Tacoma. Do you support restoring the streetcar network in Tacoma? What steps would be needed to be taken to make this happen?


7) Pollution Issues in Tacoma

The City of Tacoma is currently failing the pollution criteria set by the State of Washington. What role can Pierce County play to reduce pollution in the city limits of Tacoma?


VIII) Crime Reduction Proposal by City Manager Eric Anderson

City Manager Eric Anderson has set a goal to reduce crime in Tacoma by 50 percent in 14 months. Given the predominant role Pierce County plays on the criminal justice system, what steps will you support the County government in taking so that the City of Tacoma can succeed?


Reference: The End of Suburbia (The Entire Movie)

published August 26th, 2008

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rob McNair-Huff // Aug 26, 2008 at 8:38 am

    Regarding item #7, I believe you are trying to refer to the recent ruling that air quality standards in Tacoma and parts of Pierce County exceed the new standards for particulates set by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Washington State Department of Ecology plays a role in designating the area as non-compliant, but it is an EPA standard for particulates allowed in the air. If that is what you are referring to, you may want to reword #7. It is pretty unclear as is.


  • 2 Erik B. // Aug 26, 2008 at 9:51 am

    If that is what you are referring to, you may want to reword #7. It is pretty unclear as is.

    Thanks for the feedback Rob.

    How would you re-word the question?

  • 3 Rob McNair-Huff // Aug 26, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Here is one possible re-wording:

    Air pollution issues in Tacoma and Pierce County
    The City of Tacoma and portions of Pierce County are currently failing the air pollution criteria for particulates set by the EPA. What role can Pierce County play to help reduce air pollution in the city limits of Tacoma?


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