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Online Primary Voters' Pamphlet, August 6, 2013
City of Lacey - City Council, Position No. 7

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.
Virgil S. Clarkson Committee to Re-Elect Virgil Clarkson, 1505 Homann Dr SE, Lacey, WA 98503,
(360) 481-1207,
Virgil S. Clarkson

As a candidate for position (#7) for Lacey City Council, I ask for your vote to allow me to continue to serve as a member of the Lacey City Council. It is important for me to continue serving because of a high need for continuity, trust, and reliability. I can and will carry on the work that will be needed during the anticipated growth of our city. Citizen input, strategic planning, and research created a vision of Lacey. My interest in supporting this vision includes: maintaining adequate resources for senior services, and supporting economic and business development and growth. I support a strong education base and clean air and water. I will encourage the development of high demand and skilled family wage jobs for our citizens, i.e., returning military families, and youth and improve transportation access. I ask for your vote to continue my service to the citizens of Lacey.

Walker B. Morton Elect Morton, PO Box 8165, Lacey, WA 98509, (360) 701-4620,,
Walker B. Morton

Lacey needs new energy, new ideas, and new respect for its citizens. As your Councilman, I will be transparent in my communication with the citizens of Lacey.

Traffic congestion in Lacey is a barrier to our growing economy. My top priority will be responsible investments in roads and stronger coordination with the State to ease congestion.

My BA in Law and Justice and 39 years in military and civilian corrections have equipped me to solve problems firmly, fairly, and responsibly. My twenty years of military service also enables me to integrate our growing military population. I will work to open a new military outreach center that will embrace our service members as crucial elements of our community and economy.

I’ve served as VP of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, and most recently worked as Superintendent of a correctional facility. I live in Lacey with my wife, Montanna.

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contact our office immediately.

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