Lacey City Councilman Lenny Greenstein says he is endorsing candidate Bill Frare over incumbent Jeff Gadman.
Greenstein said he participated in a fundraising event for Frare on Wednesday at Liberty Tax Service in Lacey. The event attracted 25 to 30 people, he said.
“I’ve gotten to know him campaigning and I like him a lot,” Greenstein said Thursday afternoon about Frare, who works for the state Department of Enterprise Services. “He’s an upstanding guy who has the Lacey community at heart.”
Greenstein is also running for another term on the council but is unopposed. Councilman Jason Hearn did not attract a challenger, either.
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Greenstein said that he and Frare share similar beliefs about fiscal responsibility, smaller government and economic development. Their other big area of agreement is on the city’s plastic bag ban. Greenstein has felt all along that the ban should be decided by Lacey voters, not the council. Frare has said that, if elected, he will seek to place the ban on a future ballot and to pay for it with city money.
Gadman supports the ban, but he also says he will abide by the results of a bag ban survey set for June 2016, the two-year mark of the ban.
After Thursday night’s Lacey City Council meeting, Gadman said Greenstein is free to endorse anyone he chooses.
“I wish it would have gone the other way,” Gadman said, “but he’s free to make his own decisions.”
Gadman also rattled off a long list of endorsements, including Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder, Deputy Mayor Cynthia Pratt and councilman Michael Steadman. All three have contributed to his campaign, according to state Public Disclosure Commission data.