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Online Primary Voters' Pamphlet, August 6, 2013
City of Lacey - City Council, Position No. 6

Types of City Government - There are two forms of city government in Thurston County: mayor-council and
council-manager. Under both forms of government the council is the city’s legislative and policy-making body. All council members are elected.

The council enacts all ordinances, resolutions, and policies consistent with state law for the safety and welfare of the city’s or town’s residents. Ordinances may include local tax measures authorized by statute. Traffic, fire protection, police, land use, municipal services, business, and other regulations are overseen by the council. The council controls the city’s finances through the budgeting and auditing processes and by exercising general oversight. The council also makes contracts, creates subordinate positions, prescribes duties, and fixes salaries. The mayor’s role depends upon the form of government in a particular city or town.

Mayor-Council: Bucoda, Rainier, Tenino, Tumwater, and Yelm.
In this form of government, the mayor is elected and is the city’s chief executive or administrative officer and the ceremonial head of the city. The mayor carries out the council’s policies, administers day-to-day city affairs, and with some limitations appoints, supervises, and discharges subordinate officers. The mayor presides over council meetings and has a veto power over ordinances.

Council-Manager: Lacey and Olympia.
In this form of government the council appoints a city manager as the chief administrative officer. The manager appoints and discharges all department heads and subordinate officers and is responsible to the council for the proper administration of all city affairs. The council may discharge the manager but may not interfere with or bypass the manager’s day-to-day administration of subordinates. A council member is selected by the council, or by an alternative election method, to act as chairman with the title of “mayor”. The mayor continues to be a full member of the council with all attendant rights, privileges, and immunities. The mayor also presides over council meetings and acts as the ceremonial head of the city. The mayor has no regular administrative powers but may be required to exercise certain powers in emergencies.

All city and town positions are nonpartisan.

  Only voters residing within the city limits of Lacey will vote on this position.
Statements are written by the candidates, who are solely responsible for the contents therein.
Michael R. Steadman Citizens for Michael Steadman, 7701 Whitney Ave NE, Lacey, WA 98516, (360) 790-7947,
Michael R. Steadman

As a 20+ year resident and manager of a successful family-owned business, I have seen the City of Lacey grow. My wife and I, with our two kids, can think of no better place to live than here. I want to ensure that Lacey stays a beautiful, friendly, and safe place to raise a family and build a business.

I serve as a Lacey Planning Commissioner and treasurer for Gateway Rotary. I continue to volunteer throughout Lacey and strive to improve the lives of others.

Combining my commitment to our community, career of military service, and business background, I will bring a fresh approach to government: one that respects and integrates the full spectrum of interests in Lacey.

Working together, we can attract commerce, build a sustainable community, and meet our infrastructure needs while protecting the environment. I would be honored to serve as your Lacey City Councilmember.

Ron Lawson Campaign to re-elect Ron Lawson, 4425 22nd Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503, (360) 480-3334,
Ron Lawson

Today local governments are gradually overcoming the stagnation of a five year recession. Lacey is doing very well; we focus on long term vision and prudent budget management. We’ve completed plans for the Woodland District as a vibrant community with increased resident populations and attractive business opportunities. Jobs are priority one right now.

My commitment to government ‘Of, By and For the People’ has not varied. The ‘Farms & Friends’ Co-Op remains a goal and I continue to encourage community gardens especially to supply nourishing food to our disadvantaged neighbors. I strongly support citizen participation in our City government and the whole South Sound Community as we come to grips with the new economic realities of the 21st Century.

With your votes I’ll continue to promote stable and reliable policies for our community in the near term with potential for adjusting to the changes of national significance.

Ballots will begin arriving October 17, 2013. If you have not received your ballot by October 24,
contact our office immediately.

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