The hallmark of a true leader does not condone and is not complicit in the maligning of a city councilor on their campaign websites. By not distancing himself from a remark on his mayoral campaign’s Facebook page posted by a former newspaper reporter, JW Foster is complicit with such comments about his mayoral candidate opponent, fellow city councilor Joe DePinto:
Cindy Teixeira [former Yelm Community & Gov’t. Relations coord., Nisqually Valley News reporter]: “This is what leadership looks like. The people supporting Joey Depinto (sic) are misguided and have ulterior motives not in keeping with the city’s best interests.”
“In other words, he is young and easily manipulated…”
At the very least, a citizen had to set this straight, while unfortunately Mr. Foster has not:
“Thomas McMullen: “Joe depinto (sic) is a great man. I personally know him and hes (sic) got this towns (sic) best interests at heart. He graduated from YHS. He doesnt (sic) have any ulterior motives.”
I call on Mr. Foster to be the leader he proclaims and cease allowing such disparaging remarks immediately! This is not the first time Interim Mayor Foster has been complicit with and not cut-off disparaging remarks about Councilor DePinto.
This must stop!
This mayoral campaign need not go negative.
In 12 years since the last Yelm contested mayoral race I ask, hasn’t Yelm become greater than that? Or is Foster just going to perpetuate the past here?