Three incumbents on the Lacey City Council — Jeff Gadman, Lenny Greenstein and Jason Hearn — say they will run for re-election this year.
And all three touched on a similar issue: wanting to continue to help the city economically.
None has attracted an opponent so far, although there’s still plenty of time: Filing week for candidates ends May 15.
Gadman, 53, was first appointed to the council to replace longtime council member Mary Dean, and then won the seat when he defeated Mark Arras in the general election of 2011.
Gadman has worked in the Thurston County Assessor’s Office since October 1986, beginning as a part-time employee. He currently is an administrative manager.
“The overarching answer is that I really want to continue to improve Lacey for residents, employees and students,” he said.
Gadman added that he wants to continue to attract family-wage jobs and be environmentally friendly; continue to focus on the city’s park system; continue to foster a relationship with Joint-Base Lewis McChord; and continue to address traffic congestion.
Greenstein, 49, said he is “absolutely” running again, and he is kicking off his campaign with a breakfast gathering set for 7 a.m. March 17 at the Lacey Community Center.
Greenstein, who has worked in the insurance industry for 26 years, mostly running his own business, defeated Joe Mihelich in 2011.
Important to him is making sure Lacey stays on a good path financially and to continue to work on a six-year budget plan for the city, he said.
He also thinks the city has shown some good private-sector growth, helped by a council decision to allow warehouses up to 500,000 square feet. That has brought Harbor Wholesale Foods and a Trader Joe’s distribution center to Hawks Prairie, he said.
Greenstein also voted to reduce the city’s business and occupation tax.
“I want to keep doing things to remain a business-friendly community,” he said.
Hearn, 43, will be running for a third term on the council. He last defeated Michael Steadman in 2011. Steadman later won a seat on the council after he defeated Ron Lawson in 2013.
Hearn works as a real estate broker and also runs NW Media Company LLC.
“Lacey is a great place,” he said. “A lot has been achieved before me and during my terms, and I just want to be part of the future.”
He said the city has done a good job economically, but also has been environmentally responsible.
“I’m a business person and it’s a great place to do business,” Hearn said. “I would like that to continue.”