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Councilor Joe DePinto announces Yelm mayor candidacy

Joe DePinto in State Legislature
Photo courtesy: Joe DePinto for Yelm Mayor

– Editor’s Note:
I am elated so many citizens are stepping-up for public service to provide their vision for our town, and giving voters ballot choices, something that is long overdue in Yelm.

– From Joe DePinto’s Facebook page:
“Today [April 8] I am announcing my candidacy for Mayor of Yelm.”

“As most of you know, Yelm is my hometown and where I grew up. I’ve seen this town grow tremendously over those years. I remember the days when Yelm had only a single stoplight, before we had Safeway, Walmart or even McDonalds. The town’s population was around 1,300 people. Yelm has grown up very quickly. From 2000-2010 we were one of the fastest growing cities in Washington and we continue to be the fastest growing city in Thurston County. Today we have a population inside our city limits of about 8,500 and in the outskirts like where I grew up at Lake Lawrence, we have more than double that.

In 2015 with a lot of help from friends, I was elected to the Yelm City Council with just under 65% of the vote. This last year I was voted “The Best Elected Official” by the readers of my hometown paper, The Nisqually Valley News. I think the biggest thing people appreciated about me was that I kept my promises. I campaigned to increase public safety (we hired a new police officer for the first time in over a decade), to prevent water rates from increasing, increased transparency, and to provide more recreational activities for both youth and adults (still working on this one by I opened talks with the YMCA and we are closer than ever to building a branch in Yelm).

As Mayor, public safety will continue to be a top priority and on day 1 I will work with our Police Chief and City Administrator to create a sustainable plan to get our police force to at least two officers on duty at all times. I will also shift my focus onto the local economy and support our local business to ensure they thrive. I will bring in new jobs, paying family wages and diversify the type of businesses we have in Yelm.”

Click here for the DePinto for Yelm Mayor website.

Posted by Steve on April 9, 2017 at 11:43 am | Permalink

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