On Nov. 5, Puyallup citizens will have an opportunity to elect three new members to the city council.
Since I live in District 1, I will be voting to re-elect John Hopkins for and to help Steve Hastings and Chris McNutt with their efforts to win seats in Districts 2 and 3.
I’ve been following the council meetings and member voting intensely since 2005. I’ve witnessed the good, bad and ugly. But, to me, the most important issue has always been how each member votes on each issue.
During Hopkins’ last two years on the council, he has proven he is one of the most prepared and informed council members in decades. He votes based on facts, not emotion.
Hastings, as the chair of the Planning Commission, has been able to analyze and articulate the issues down to the finest detail before he makes his decision.
McNutt, as vice chair of the Planning Commission, has an incredibly keen sense of numbers, data and statistics that are important for council members who deal with financial and real estate issues.
All of these candidates have a wealth of experience that is critical for making rational, logical and fiscal decisions that come before them. They have all proven they are independent thinkers, capable of adding valuable content to the discussions that come before them, rather than parroting what other members say.