Today, Dec. 3, 2018, I am formally announcing my candidacy for Lacey City Council Position No. 1 in the August 2019 primary election & November 2019 general election – I can bring great value to the city’s governance, as well as work closely with members currently serving on the council.
In 2018, I served as the vice chair of the Lacey Parks Board, creating an initiative toward getting sharps boxes in Rainier Vista after seeing a “used needle” problem in our RV bathrooms while visiting the park as a private citizen in 2017. I am also engaged in our local Gateway Rotary, helping partner on several community service initiatives to improve the quality of life in our area.
My business endeavors include: Ownership in a small ticket platform, Sasquatch Ticket, which provides online tickets to local comedic, band and area entertainment events. My endeavors also including launching several industry books, including the sports business text book "The GM's Handbook," which has sold nearly 1,000 copies to individuals and university sports administration programs worldwide. Bringing sports camps and tourism to the Lacey community in 2019 through an initiative called MegaGoal, and creating a Seattle Sports Marketing Conference which drew over 250+ attendees and featured several high-level sports executives as speakers. And I am a member of the Lacey South Sound Chamber and Thurston Chamber because I believe in the strong pro-business climate of our community.
I grew up in Lacey, graduating from Timberline in 1994 – I also attended Chinook Middle School, Washington Middle School, and I can also show you where McKinley Elementary stood back when I attended in the 1980s.
Despite a 15-year stretch of working in the college and professional sports industry nationally, I have always held Lacey in my heart as the community I’ve felt most connected to. I’ve helped Seattle University rise from obscurity to Division I athletics in 2008, was part of the group that sold out Eastern Washington University’s football stadium along with our Red Turf initiative during a 2010 National Championship season, and have helped UC-Davis realize Division I athletics success throughout all of their sports. I’ve served on the board of the Association of Luxury Suite Directors since 2014 which oversees 1,400+ membership venues internationally, as well as founded and served as a two-time president of the National Association of Athletic Ticket Sales & Operations, which oversees 400+ university ticket professionals of every major athletic program nationally.
Lacey is a special community. I knew that when I returned in 2016, where I started formulating plans to bring the Lacey Pocket Gophers semi-professional soccer team to South Sound Stadium. I knew Lacey would “get it” right away that we were presenting a family-friendly sports entertainment atmosphere option on Saturday nights to the Spring & Summer.
As a member of Lacey’s Gateway Rotary and as a Paul Harris fellow, I’ve helped raise thousands for local charities during its Brats, Brews & Bands event last September, filled homeless backpacks and was part of the joint Rotary project that installed new playground equipment.
All of this is summed up in my belief of three core values that make Lacey special: People. Prosperity. Progress.
People – Our quality of life is driven by our ethnically diverse neighborhoods that interconnect all corners of the city, providing a welcoming environment to over 30,000 active JBLM residents.
Prosperity – Our small business atmosphere thrives because we do not punish our entrepreneurs who want to get their start in our area. Instead of enacting red tape barriers or adding higher taxes during their start-up phase, we are welcoming to those who want to engage in commence in our community.
Progress – Our crown jewel are our sidewalks, roads and parks system. It is the envy of our area. This includes the Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center, which is at capacity and needs to expand its third phase, along with our 1,200 acres of parkland and open space which are made available to families and youth, especially in The Regional Athletic Complex, Huntamer Park and Rainier Vista. The more we progress as a city, we need to continue to develop a plan on where we want to see our community over the next 20 years.
With respect to the 3-term incumbent in the Lacey City Council Position No. 1 seat – I will work hard to present an exchange of ideas and the differences we may have on ordinances and policy, and I am not personally interested in an exchange of disparagement. The devise nature of politics which tears people down is unacceptable. He obviously loves Lacey enough to represent it for 3-terms (12 years in office total) and that has to be recognized. I trust that those of us in the political race will not work at destroying the other privately or publicly, as that isn’t what’s best for Lacey’s citizens. Nor should it be acceptable to any Lacey voter in choosing their representative for the next 4 years.
The great thing about the City of Lacey is that we commonly see disagreements resolved through consensus, respect of disagreement, and then we move on. We don’t hold grudges, belittle each other, or refuse to work together. This is why more people continue to call Lacey home each year, especially our JBLM military families.
I thank you for your support and look forward to a great campaign for 2019!