Lucas trailing Sullivan in effort to retain seat

Staff writerNovember 6, 2013 

In the contested Tumwater City Council No. 6 race, challenger Debbie Sullivan led incumbent Kyle Taylor Lucas by double digits Tuesday night, according to early election results.

Sullivan, who has served as chair of the Tumwater Planning Commission since 2006, said she was nervously awaiting the election results Tuesday, having lost in her previous bid for the Tumwater City Council two years ago by 42 votes.

“You don’t know. You keep hearing it’s going to be a low turnout, and you don’t know what impact that’s going to have on the election,” she said during a phone interview as she celebrated with supporters at River’s Edge in Tumwater.

Sullivan said her years of experience with the Tumwater Planning Commission give her the necessary background to get things done for citizens when she takes over as councilwoman.

Sullivan added that she wants to redevelop the vacant Tumwater brewery property and work with the Port of Olympia to explore development opportunities at the Olympia Regional Airport in Tumwater, which is owned by the port.

Sullivan added that she appreciated the support of police and fire unions in Tumwater during the election. She said that during her tenure as councilwoman, it will be a priority to “make sure all essential services are maintained and increased.” That includes ensuring the north end fire station in Tumwater is operational year-round.

Lucas, who was appointed to the Tumwater City Council in March, said she was disappointed by the results Tuesday night.

“I just really want to thank my supporters, all of the labor and the conservation groups, and the social justice activists who stepped up and worked so hard on my campaign, and certainly my endorsers,” which include Tumwater Mayor Pete Kmet, Thurston County Commissioners Karen Valenzuela and Sandra Romero, and others.

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