Clarkson keeps seat on Lacey council

Staff writerNovember 6, 2013 

Lacey City Council Position No. 7 incumbent Virgil Clarkson won a fifth term Tuesday, easily defeating challenger Walker Morton.

Clarkson said voters recognize that he has done a fairly good job and that people have faith in him.

“I have a fairly good handle and understanding of the values of this community,” Clarkson said Tuesday night.

Morton said he ran a tough campaign, but he acknowledged it’s hard to dethrone an incumbent. Even in defeat, Morton said he would support Clarkson and the City Council.

“I can’t talk negative about him and I won’t do that,” he said.

During his campaign, though, Walker said it was time for a change.

“I think he has served his time, and I thank him for that and wish him well, but he has been there too long,” he previously said about Clarkson.

“It’s time to bring some new blood, new eyes and a new vision that can relate to the generation that is moving into Lacey.”

But Clarkson, a three-time mayor, said there still is work to be done.

The city does not elect a mayor, but appoints one from the council.

Morton, who has lived in Lacey off and on since 1995, has worked in corrections for nearly 40 years, both in the military and as a civilian. He currently works as a transitional counselor, helping offenders return to the community at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton.

Prior to his time on the council, Clarkson worked as a manager for the state Department of Transportation for 32 years.

Clarkson, too, wants to bring more family-wage jobs to Lacey, as well as improve transportation, and make sure the city’s senior population gets the housing, transportation and amenities that they need, he said.

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