Mayor-elect JW Foster
Photo credit: City of Yelm
– Story Highlights
* Foster currently winning by only 14 votes.
* Election results finalized Tuesday morning.
* Mayor-elect JW Foster to be sworn-in Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 6pm,
* Pos. 3 Councilor Littlefield leaves post, Councilor-elect Colt sworn-in Tuesday.
* Mayor’s 1st order of business to direct council hearing on water/sewer rate increases.
* Water rates increase proposal: 9.25% over seven years,
* Sewer increase proposal: (5% 2018 & 2019, 4.5% 2020, tiered structure from 2018).
* Latest 2017 Yelm election numbers analysis from County Auditor is below.
* Incumbents challenged throughout Puget Sound, their policies elicited voters wanting change!
– Tuesday, November 28 City Council Agenda
At 11am this morning, the City of Yelm posted the city council agenda for tomorrow night noting that Councilor Littlefield is leaving her post prior to the end of the year with her Pos. 3 councilor-elect Cody Colt being sworn-in tomorrow followed by a Littlefield appreciation. What is interesting is that councilor Hendrickson will remain until his Pos. 7 term ends at the end of the year, while his opponent Colt who defeated him for Pos. 3 will also be seated on the dais with him Nov. 28 and the December council sessions. Kaminski to be sworn-in for Pos. 7 in January.
Mayor-elect Foster will also be sworn-in tomorrow night. His first directive as an elected Mayor of Yelm will be to direct a Public Hearing on sewer rates increases (9.25% over seven years), water consumption rate increases (5% for years 2018 and 2019, and a 4.5% increase in 2020 with a new four tier rate structure beginning in 2018), and regulation of solicitation.
This was a regular Harding administration tactic – to place a seemingly unpopular issue on the council’s agenda at their session nearest the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and/or provide little advance public announcement, as in this case with one day prior notice.
The time to publicly comment is NOW [Tuesday at 6pm, Yelm Public Safety Bldg.], not after this is enacted and you are angry with sticker shock when you get the bills!
– The 2017 election numbers to be certified Nov. 28th.
Latest official population figure for Yelm was in 2014 = 8,223
Yelm’s estimated population in 2017 = 9,433
City of Yelm registered voters: 4,485
City of Yelm’s voters in this election to date: 1,275 = 28.43% of Yelm’s registered voters, lowest turn-out of all Thurston County cities and towns.
Thurston County Voter Turn-out = 34.3%
Read more from Thurston County Auditor’s Office.
To date, 13.52% of Yelm’s 2017 estimated population voted in this election.
– The Thurston County Auditor’s Office released election results at approximately 4:40pm today. Final tabulation and certification Nov. 28th.
Total votes listed below do not include write-ins.
City of Yelm Mayor
Joe DePinto 619
JW Foster 633
Difference = 14 votes
Total Votes 1,252
City of Yelm City Council, Position No. 3
Cody Colt 603
Russ Hendrickson 534
Difference = 69 votes
Total Votes 1,137
City of Yelm City Council, Position No. 7
James C. Blair 556
Terry Kaminski 627
Difference = 71 votes
Total Votes 1,183
Uncontested Council positions all received less than 900 votes each:
Pos. 1, EJ Curry 874
Pos. 3, Tad Stillwell 903
Pos. 4, Tracey Wood 884