In the Puyallup City Council races, two candidates, Steve Hastings and Chris McNutt, are using fiscal responsibility and experience as cornerstones of why we should trust them to serve us on our city council. These are fine reasons to support them, if they were true.
During the League of Women Voters Forum at the Puyallup Library last Monday, both McNutt and Hastings admitted they have each filed for bankruptcy.
According to records, both bankruptcies were Chapter 7, not Chapter 13, where you reorganize your debts and pay them off over time.
McNutt’s bankruptcy was in Pierce County and Hastings’ bankruptcy was when he was a resident of Los Angeles County, Calif.
This happened in the past, but it was also during a long period of strong economic growth nationwide, unlike the last several years when a bad economy caught up with good people.
Then this year, Hastings and McNutt were both forced to recuse themselves from an important planning commission vote after they were caught in closed-door meetings with developers and landowners petitioning for another property rezone at Shaw Road and Pioneer. According to the state Public Disclosure Commission, McNutt also took money from the landowner. Not very smart, and not the experience or fiscal responsibility we need in Puyallup.
Please consider these facts when you fill out your ballot.