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– Story highlights
* The public’s interests should always be considered first and foremost,
* Selecting a Mayor Pro-Tem should not be a popularity contest or who one likes,
* Wood already served as Pro-Tem since summer 2016,
* Wood ran for council unopposed, so his positions are unvetted.
* DePinto has garnered voters’ trust, familiarity & broad support.
– At the Yelm City Council meeting tonight
There were two nominations for the 2 year term of Mayor Pro-Tem:
EJ Curry nominated Tracey Wood for a second term,
Cody Colt nominated Joe DePinto
There was no call for a discussion by Mayor Foster, so Councilor DePinto requested that opportunity.
DePinto outlined why he asks councilors to consider voting for him –
* Except for the new councilors, he is the only one with a perfect attendance record,
* Because of his Legislative experience, he is thoroughly conversant with proceedings,
* He knows Robert’s Rules of Order and public process, has proven such in Yelm for 2 years,
* He is an advocate for full transparency in the public’s interests.
DePinto said he’d appreciated the council’s support in voting for him.
Councilors Curry, Stillwell, Wood, and Kaminski all voted for Wood for another 2 years.
Councilors Carmody, Colt, and DePinto voted for DePinto.
Councilor Stillwell did suggest a future council Study Session examine changing this position to a one year term. At odds with Stillwell’s suggestion for one year Pro-Tem terms was his vote in keeping the current Mayor Pro-Tem Tracey Wood, who has served over Stillwell’s suggested one year term at just short of a year and a half. If Stillwell wanted annual change, why did he not vote for DePinto?
– Editor’s Note:
This vote should not be a popularity contest among councilors, or whether one is disliked or not for whatever reason. The overriding consideration should ALWAYS be who is best suited to serve in the public’s interests. While I appreciate Councilor Wood for his service as Mayor Pro-tem for almost 1 1/2 years during the city’s leadership transition, the time was now ripe for a change.
After-all, Councilor DePinto has more than proven he has broad public support from half of the voters in the recent election, losing for mayor by only 14 votes to an interim mayor who had endorsements from almost every major public official in our region, and still DePinto almost won. However, Yelm voters saw DePinto for his authenticity in the example he sets.
In the view of Yelm’s blogger, the public would have been be best served by someone who has had the opportunity to be fully vetted in the public domain by having a challenger in a 2017 campaign, and whom the voters rallied to strongly support. Wood ran unopposed, so Yelm citizens do not know his stand on many issues facing this city. Given that their constituents should always be considered first and foremost, Councilor DePinto should have been chosen as Mayor Pro-Tem by Yelm’s City Council tonight!