Former KGY Radio personality Dick Pust announced he will run for mayor during an interview with The Olympian Monday afternoon.
“I always wanted to run for office and I wasn’t able to do so because of FCC constraints,” said Pust, who left his job at the radio station on Jan. 5 after 51 years, the last 33 as morning show host. He received an outpouring of support from listeners, and almost immediately people began to campaign for him to run for mayor.
“A lot of people have expressed their desire to support me,” he said. “So many people had said, 'Do it.' So I’m going to do it.”
Pust, 70, said he was born in Olympia and has lived in the city continuously since 1975. He has a degree in political science from what was then St. Martin’s College.
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Pust said his platform for mayor will be spelled out later. He plans to begin campaigning for the Nov. 8 general election.
Mayor Doug Mah announced earlier this month he will not run again for mayor. He is in the final year of his four-year term.