Thursday, May 03, 2007

Pierce County Executive - The Independent and the Libertarian

This is the third of a three-part series on candidates for the Pierce County Executive position in 2008. The first posting was about the Republicans in the race. The second posting was about the Democrats in the race.

Mike Lonergan, the Tacoma City Councilmember, is rumored to be running as an independent in the race. In addition to serving on the Tacoma City Council, Lonergan has been an executive of Christian social service organizations such as the Tacoma Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army.

It is exciting to have an independent in the race. Ranked choice voting makes running as an independent more feasible for Lonergan and others.

John Mills, former Libertarian Party state chairman, is contemplating a race for Pierce County Executive as well. Mills is a lawyer in Tacoma who has represented some high profile clients. Mills opposed the use of public funds to build the Chambers Bay Golf Course as well as the pay raise for the County Executive and County Council. Mills, also, backed the popular eminent domain amendment to the County Charter.

Mills views ranked choice voting as a leveling of the playing field for third party candidates and is looking forward to debating the other candidates in the race.



At 11:17 PM, Blogger TMW said...

I'd be pleased to see Mills enter the race, not so much that I have anything against the bigger names but more because I think he's one of the better candidates the state LP has these days. Regardless, I hope IRV will help independent/third party candidates as a general rule now that voters will no longer be forced to choose between lessers of two evils.


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