Special to the Mountain News
Tom Campbell, the former state representative from the 2nd LD, has sent the Mountain News the following statement on the current race between Marilyn Rasmussen and Jim McCune for the Pierce County Council seat from the 3rd District, in which Mr. Campbell announces his endorsement of Marilyn Rasmussen.
Letter to the Editor:
I have watched this race from a distance, but after some recent comments in the press and mailers by the McCune campaign I feel I must weigh in with some observations.
I have served with both candidates in the State Legislature and have observed both over a period of years. I am frankly saddened by the claims made that Jim McCune had procured the Bethel Skills Center construction. Jim was a member of the Capital Budget committee when we funded Phase One of the construction, but he voted NO on that budget. I asked for the inclusion of those construction funds from the Chairman Rep. Dunshee and it was only then it was included in the budget.
Marilyn and I fought together for years to stem the scourge of meth production in our community, but Jim’s only contribution was to sign on as a co-sponsor to my bill to reduce access to pseudo ephedrine.
I had to work hard against my fellow Republicans to pass this bill, which included the “log book requirement” that the police needed to prosecute drugs manufacturers. Jim was nowhere to be found throughout this fight, but in the end he did vote yes.
Marilyn is the one in this race that has consistently produced for our community, in school construction, road improvements, public safety and many other substantial assets that we would have never seen otherwise.
Marilyn has demonstrated the ability to cross the aisle and work with the other party to the good of those she represents. Her opponent, sadly, has been rigidly partisan to the detriment of the community he represents.
The record is clear – accomplishment – not rhetoric. Marilyn offers a strong record of achievement that her opponent cannot match. I am supporting her for the good of our community and the quality of life that we must improve. I know that she will put us before the moneyed interests and party officials. I am supporting Marilyn Rasmussen and ask that you do, too.
Tom Campbell served the public for 16 years as a state representative, sharing several years in the state legislature with Mr. McCune until McCune was re-districted out of the 2nd LD this year.
Campbell also served with Ms. Rasmussen, a former state senator, and in fact, he ran against her unsuccessfully for her senate seat in the 1990s.
In 2010, Campbell lost his legislative seat to JT Wilcox. Currently, Mr. Campbell continues to work as a chiropractor in Spanaway.