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Interim Mayor Foster can and should stop ‘fostering’ campaign divisiveness –
Allowing disparaging remarks about a city councilor are not qualities of a leader!

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.
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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?

Posted by Steve on August 14, 2017 at 12:05 am | Permalink

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  1. I do believe Mr. Foster did respond to Mr. McMullen. Here is a copy of said post:

    JW Foster For Yelm Mayor Thomas McMullen Hi Thomas, I appreciate your opinion of Joe. I have also known him for a long time and agree with you that he is a good man. I look forward to continuing our work together on the City Council in whichever role the voters choose to elect us to. In the meantime, please take the time to review my credentials and see why I believe I’m the right person to continue my work as Mayor. You can call me anytime at 360.458.8401, or stop by City Hall during business hours, or come to a city council meeting – I’d be pleased to meet you.
    Like · Reply · 3 · August 10 at 11:14am

    Comment by Dawna I Hansen-Murray on August 14, 2017 at 12:18 pm

  2. True, however my point still stands – Mr. Foster did not initiate a response nor distance himself from newspaper reporter Teixeira’s diatribe, rather Mr. McMullen did and Foster responded to his comment, a full 19 hours after Teixeira’s, yet an hour after McMullen.

    Comment by Steve on August 14, 2017 at 9:12 pm

  3. At least Mr. Foster leaves comments on his Facebook page and does not delete them if they are not to his liking. I can relate to Cindy’s frustration as I had the same trouble with former rep Graham Hunt. Also note that Mayor Foster has a job to do and monitoring Facebook might not be a 24/7 thing. I have seen his flip phone…

    Comment by Dawna Hansen-Murray on August 15, 2017 at 8:14 am

  4. Dawna, we will have to disagree on this one, as Foster has proven himself as I have previously stated, and DePinto has responded to this issue to the council. Foster was conciliatory to Councilor Littlefield on a “hot mic” in not distancing himself from a nasty comment from Councilor Littlefield about fellow Councilor DePinto previously. I hope this mayoral race does not go negative this Autumn. I stand by what I said, that in the 12 years since the last Yelm contested mayoral race I ask, hasn’t Yelm become greater than that [going negative in a campaign]? Or is Interim Mayor Foster going to just perpetuate former Mayor Harding’s Playbook here, which IS the past?”

    Comment by Steve on August 15, 2017 at 8:27 am

  5. Further, Foster says being Yelm’s mayor is a full-time job, if not greater – that is not so as stated in the city’s ordinance – for he has made this position so for his own self-aggrandizement and in being elected to this position in November. And Foster responded to other commenters an hour after Teixeira’s post, so your conjecture that Foster “monitoring Facebook might not be a 24/7 thing,” holds no water.

    Comment by Steve on August 15, 2017 at 8:55 am

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