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Thanks and appreciation to Councilors Littlefield, Hendrickson –
Their Yelm City Council service to sunset next month

Thanks go to Councilors Littlefield and Hendrickson for their years of public service.
Politics is a wonderful platform to debate issues and though I may have disagreed with these councilors’ stands, I appreciate the gifts of their time and commitment they have given to our community.

Councilor Jen Littlefield
Photo credit: City of Yelm

A school teacher, councilor Jen Littlefield ran for city council the first time and lost in 2009. Mayor Harding had appointed her to the Planning Commission that same year, 2009. Mayor Harding then appointed her to the city council in his tie-breaking vote in October 2014 to fill a vacancy on an interim basis until the 2015 election. Mr. Harding’s wife then worked for the new councilor’s husband. Littlefield lost her second run for council in 2015. Yet Interim Mayor JW Foster also appointed Littlefield on October 11, 2016 to fill in on an interim basis until the 2017 election. This vacancy was created by Mayor Pro-tem Bob Isom resigning soon after Mayor Ron Harding’s resignation, yet remained on the council until he could vote for JW Foster to replace Harding as Interim Mayor. Foster again cast a tie-breaking council vote by appointing Jen Littlefield (this second tie-breaking vote was after his council was deadlocked, his first tie-breaking vote was for his council seat’s replacement, EJ Curry). Littlefield chose not to run for her seat in 2017.

Councilor Russ Hendrickson
Photo credit: City of Yelm

Councilor Russ Hendrickson was appointed to the City Council by then-Mayor Ron Harding to fill a vacant position in July 2006 on an interim basis until the 2007 election. He subsequently was elected to the position three times: running unopposed in 2007 for the two remaining years on that term, and again in 2009 and 2013. His only candidacy with an opponent was for a fourth term in the 2017 election, results that were not in his favor. Hendrickson retired after a long career with the Yelm Telephone Company, where Councilor EJ Curry (a Foster appointee to fill Foster’s own vacated council position when he was appointed Interim Mayor) was the YelmTel owner during a portion of Hendrickson’s tenure there. After the first vote tally November 7, 2017 in being 2 votes ahead of opponent Colt, Hendrickson said, “I got him right where I want him,” quoting Andrew Kollar and Michael Wagar, Nisqually Valley News. The results reversed and expanded for Colt.

Posted by Steve on November 16, 2017 at 12:03 am | Permalink

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