Joe DePinto carrying our State Flag in Legislature
Photo courtesy: Joe DePinto for Yelm Mayor
– From Joe DePinto for Mayor of Yelm Facebook page, 9pm on Nov. 13:
“While the latest count isn’t the final tally, I don’t believe it will change more than a handful of votes. I’m down 49.23% (611 votes) to my opponents 50.77% (630 votes) with difference of 19 votes. It might get a little tighter but I no longer see a path to victory.
I called the Mayor a few minutes ago and congratulated him on his win. He was humble and we both agreed there was a large contingent of supporters for both of us and in the best interest of Yelm, we need to come together.
While I am coming to terms with losing this election and doing a lot of self reflection, I’m not upset about losing. I was going against someone who is the incumbent, has been involved in Yelm politics for a long time, and was able to raise more money than me. To come within 19 votes, I’ll hold my head high.
Almost half of the voters in Yelm believed in me, my vision for Yelm, and wanted change. I might not have won, but I learned this race was much bigger than me. There was a large contingent of Yelm voters who felt underrepresented and I am proud to be their voice. I will work with the Mayor to bring new revenue sources to Yelm, increase public safety, improve our economy, bring a YMCA to Yelm, and to modernize and increase professionalism in our local government.
Lastly, I want to thank all my supporters who have encouraged and helped me along this journey. Despite what others may say, I ran to represent you. While I was out doorbelling, a constituent said she appreciated me because I am a man of the people. That was among the best compliments I have ever received and what I strive for as an elected official.
Please don’t be sad or upset for me, I ain’t going anywhere. This was a humbling experience and only fueled my desire to serve. I will continue to be your voice on the city council.
Let’s come together and support our Mayor who won fair and square. Thanks again for all the support and love you showed me during this campaign. I’m Joe DePinto and this is OUR town!”
– Editor’s Note:
This man Joe DePinto is a class act and ran an impeccable campaign against much nastiness from what is termed here as The Cabal and his opponent’s campaign. DePinto raised an awareness on so many problems that otherwise would have never seen the light of day. We need his questions, his focus, his passion on the council in the next two years of his councilor term, as much as he gave in his last two years. Voters spoke and while Foster squeaked by in this race, almost half of the voters wanted change, so this is no referendum on Foster’s leadership and direction. With Colt on the council, Foster’s Old Guard council majority will no longer be a voting block in lock-step to the mayor’s desires either. DePinto spoke very wisely, “Let’s come together and support our Mayor,” as he is going to need our support with a mountain of issues bearing down on Yelm during his coming term.