As voters take time to mark their ballots during this next week, Mayor Ron Harding owes the citizens of Yelm an explanation as to his FLIP FLOP from his 2005 vs. his 2011 election remarks.
In a Letter to the Editor of the local newspaper published September 30, 2005, Mr. Harding wrote:
“Truth related to residency qualification should be without hedge, blur, double talk or concealment.”
In his September 23, 2011 newspaper column, Mayor Harding spoke of Yelm City Council position 6 candidate Ken Garmann as being a long time resident of Yelm, yet Garmann has worked and lived most work-weeks in Bothell the last 12 years, according to Garmann’s own statement in the 2011 voters pamphlet.
According to the Nisqually Valley News:
“Residency requirements state that a candidate must live in his stated home at least 12 months prior to an election. The rules also stipulate that “intending” to live someplace is not the same as actually living there, according to the Thurston County Auditor’s Office.”
Garmann told me in a phone call on July 14th he lives near his office during the week and returns to his Yelm home on weekends.
Is this the meaning of to “live in his stated home”?
Has he been involved in the fabric of Yelm life for the last 12 years to be able to serve?
Garmann said he intends to live here full-time after he retires from Bothell at the end of the year.
Is “intending” to live someplace the same as actually living there?
YOU OWE YOUR CITIZENS AN EXPLANATION FOR YOUR FLIP-FLOP FROM 2005 TO 2011!
With Garmann running unopposed and our local newspaper mute on this subject in informing their readers, can the public expect from Mr. Harding and his new, up-coming Position 6 Council member,
“Truth related to residency qualification …without hedge, blur, double talk or concealment?”