Amy Pivetta Hoffman, Thurston County kick-off, May 25, 2016
LD 2 Dem. Chair Phyllis Farrell on the left.
Photo courtesy: Friends of Amy Pivetta Hoffman
* Tacoma News-Tribune Editorial Board endorses Pivetta Hoffman
* The Yelm Community Blog endorses Pivetta Hoffman
* Pivetta Hoffman’s background, experience and vision for LD 2 give her an edge
– “We endorse: Pivetta Hoffman…in Legislature District 2”
From the Editorial Board of the Tacoma News-Tribune:
“Amid this contentious political season, two candidates hailing from the South Sound’s Legislative District 2 insist on playing grown-up. Imagine that.
Vying for House Position 1 in the 2nd District are incumbent (but barely) Republican Andrew Barkis and Democrat Amy Pivetta Hoffman. As we entered a long Indian summer of endorsement interviews for the November general election, we found them them (sic) to be two of the more deferential competitors.
But nice by itself doesn’t win endorsements, a good fit for the district does, which is why Frederickson resident Pivetta Hoffman ultimately wins ours.
Pivetta Hoffman is a small business attorney who runs a solo law practice on Puyallup’s South Hill. She aptly describes the district that overlaps Thurston County and the Pierce County communities of Graham, Orting and Eatonville as rural but increasingly suburban — a district that attracts young families and businesses.
If elected, she wants to fix her attention on what matters to a new surge of commuter residents: traffic, infrastructure and growth management. She makes a cogent argument that the 2nd District delegation lacks a voice representing suburbia. “I think voters need somebody who lives like them.”
As a Bethel School Board member, Pivetta Hoffman has dealt with the practical effects of underfunded schools and names the Legislature’s long-deferred duty to fully fund K-12 education as a reason she’s running.
Her opponent, Barkis, lives in rural Thurston County and works as a property manager for single-family rental homes. Barkis was appointed to the House in February to replace Rep. Graham Hunt, R-Orting.
Along with a strong business résumé, Barkis brought needed composure to the seat after Hunt resigned because of unanswered questions about his military record. Barkis is technically the incumbent in this race, but his experience in elected government can be counted in weeks rather than legislative sessions.
We give the edge to Pivetta Hoffman, whose experience in local elected representation is tallied in years.”