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Councilor Joe DePinto requests public support as interim Yelm Mayor choice

Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall delivers the oath of office to
Yelm Councilors Molly Carmody and Joe DePinto, Dec. 29, 2015
as Rep. Denny Heck looks on. Photo credit: Dan Crowe

– From Yelm Councilor Joe DePinto’s Facebook post of July 24, 2016:
** Used With Permission **
[Editor’s note: Joe DePinto grew-up in Yelm, is a Political Science degree-holder, and has a wealth of experience serving as executive legislative assistant to state Rep. Paul Harris (R-Vancouver), the minority whip.

If you haven’t heard, Mayor Harding is resigning on August 9th to become a city administrator in an Oregon city. He has served Yelm for over a decade and I truly thank him for his dedication to this city. A couple of his accomplishments include keeping Yelm’s credit rating excellent and the construction of more sidewalks than Yelm has ever had. I wish him luck down in Oregon and the best in all his future endeavors.

I would also like to thank the many folks of Yelm who have encouraged me to seek the appointment for Mayor. Thank you so much for your belief in me and your continued support. I have spoken with family, friends and different city officials about this decision which I do not take lightly.

After much thought, I have decided to seek the appointment for Interim Mayor.

Some may question my age (just shy of 30 years old) or my experience (my first year on city council but over 5 years at the State Legislature working with professionals and many different local governments). I honestly think my age is a good thing for our city which is growing at a rate that we haven’t kept up with. I can provide the leadership to get us out of the 20th century and fully integrate with the 21st. I will focus on improving our infrastructure to reduce traffic congestion and increase freight mobility, to increase our public safety by setting a goal of 2 officers on duty at all times, and to provide more transparency and access to your local government and will continue to provide leadership on bringing a YMCA into Yelm.

Due to the timing of Mayor Harding’s resignation the public will not have an opportunity to vote on this important decision. Instead the city council will decide who will be lead our city until next year’s election. If you like what I have brought to Yelm so far and believe I would be the right person to be interim Mayor, I would encourage you to email the city council and let them know that you support me. It doesn’t have to be a long email just a few sentences, your name and if you are a Yelm resident. I would truly appreciate your support. Here are the emails:

Molly Carmody mollyc@ci.yelm.wa.us
Joe DePinto joed@ci.yelm.wa.us
J.W. Foster jwf@ci.yelm.wa.us
Russ Hendrickson russh@ci.yelm.wa.us
Bob Isom bobi@ci.yelm.wa.us
Tad Stillwell tads@ci.yelm.wa.us
Tracey Wood traceyw@ci.yelm.wa.us

It has been my honor and privilege to serve on the city council and the people of Yelm. I will fully support and work with the next Mayor whoever it may be, you have my word on that. Should I not get the appointment, I will continue to serve on the council but can promise you for the first time in over a decade, there will be a contested race for Mayor next year and the people will have an opportunity to have their voice heard. Again thank you for your support and words of encouragement. This is OUR town!
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This is about moving forward into the future and not continuing with the past in making poor choices by omitting public discourse. Not since Mayor Kathy Wolf left office have elected leaders here had public dialogue, until Tad Stilwell, Molly Camrody and Joe DePinto were elected last Fall. All of the incumbent officials for Councilor lost last Fall running on the coattails of Mayor Harding’s policies, except JW Foster, who had no opponent, yet also ran on Harding’s record of staying the course of the past.

Posted by Steve on July 24, 2016 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

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