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.