LACEY - Newly appointed Lacey City Council member Jeff Gadman plans to run to retain the seat this fall.
Gadman, a commercial property appraiser for the Thurston County Assessor’s Office, announced his plans Thursday, saying his priorities are to maintain public safety, boost community outreach and attract businesses that offer family-wage jobs with minimal environmental impact.
“I really think that I can make a difference to the city,” Gadman said, adding, “community volunteering has always been a passion of mine and I think the city council and I are a good fit for each other.”
The announcement doesn’t come as a surprise; Gadman had stated in both his application for council and leading up to the interview process that, if appointed, he planned to seek a full term.
Gadman is finishing the unexpired term of former council member Mary Dean, who resigned in December with about one year remaining on her term.
Another interviewee for Dean’s seat, Lenny Greenstein, also plans to run for the council but has yet to decide whether he’ll challenge Gadman. Greenstein, the chairman of the Lacey Planning Commission, was the only other candidate in the field of 10 who received a nomination motion from a council member.
“It’s a little bit too early to pick a seat,” Greenstein said.
Terms for Mayor Tom Nelson and council member Jason Hearn also expire this year; neither has filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission nor formally announced his intention.
On his campaign website, www.lennyforlacey.com, Greenstein says supporting businesses, controlled growth and public safety are some of his top issues. He also mentions fiscal responsibility and working with other jurisdictions to solve traffic problems.
Both candidates have begun raising money.
Greenstein has raised more than $1,000 in cash and in-kind contributions, according to the PDC. Gadman has raised $300, PDC figures show.
Gadman announced a kickoff party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 22 at the Jacob Smith House, 4500 Intelco Loop S.E. in Lacey.
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