Steadman leads incumbent Lawson

rboone@theolympian.comNovember 6, 2013 

Commercial property developer Michael Steadman appeared to defeat incumbent Ron Lawson in the Lacey City Council position No. 6 race.

Steadman, 43, could not be reached Tuesday night.

Lawson, 75, said he didn’t think the race would be close, that either he would win by a large margin or Steadman would.

Although Lawson didn’t point the finger at anyone, he expressed disgust at dirty politics, saying that he had distributed 300 campaign signs but only managed to recover fewer than 50 of those signs on Tuesday. “His signs are everywhere,” Lawson said about his opponent.

Lawson also stood by his beliefs Tuesday night.

“I’m a standout advocate for cannabis and I will continue to do that,” said Lawson, who uses medical marijuana to treat chronic pain brought about by a car accident.

Steadman currently serves on the Lacey Planning Commission.

Public safety is among Steadman’s key concerns, wanting to make sure, for example, that the neighborhoods in Hawks Prairie — Jubilee and others nearby — continue to be served by an area fire station, a station that has closed once before but has since reopened with the help of grant funds, he said.

Other goals: to continue to attract businesses to the city,; to improve transportation; and he thinks it’s time to have a voice on the council that represents the Hawks Prairie area north of Interstate 5. He accomplished that Tuesday night.

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403

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