Pratt coasts to re-election victory

rboone@theolympian.comNovember 6, 2013 

Lacey City Council Position 4 incumbent Cynthia Pratt easily defeated challenger Ray Payne on Tuesday night, leading by a 2-to-1 margin, election results showed.

Pratt thanked the voters Tuesday and said she looks forward to the work she started in her first term.

“I’m delighted I won, and I’m kind of excited about it,” Pratt said.

Challenger Raymond Payne said the election results did not reflect the work he put into his campaign.

“We gave voters two clear choices, and they picked and I’m satisfied with that,” Payne said, adding that he’s retiring from politics and rejoining his family and will enjoy life.

Payne serves on the Lacey Planning Commission and has run for Lacey City Council before in 2011, although he did not advance from the primary. He also is a public works dispatcher for the City of Olympia and a 21-year veteran of the Air Force.

Pratt previously was a longtime employee with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the state Department of Natural Resources.

Some of her career was spent working as a fish and wildlife biologist, she said.

A last-minute campaign tactic might have backfired on Payne after he criticized Pratt for her attendance record at land-use committee meetings.

Payne said that Pratt had attended only six of 11 land-use committee meetings this year.

“This dismal record of attendance is evidence my opponent is not standing up for the needs of Lacey,” he said in a news release.

But Pratt countered that the meetings are sometimes canceled if they lack an agenda item.

A check of her records showed that the land-use committee meeting was canceled four times, but that she was in attendance for the remaining meetings.

“I’m so sorry he said that,” Pratt said. “It looks bad for him, too.”

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403

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