So, longtime local radio personality Dick Pust has announced his campaign for mayor of Olympia. Pust may have been a decent disc jockey, but he is ill-suited to be the next mayor of our capitol city.
Having been a guest on his program many times, I found Pust to be consistently unprepared for our interviews and unable to stay focused on the topic at hand. In addition, on multiple occasions I have heard him use demeaning and patronizing language while interviewing female guests and members of local ethnic groups.
These are not qualities that I want in my elected officials.
I want a mayor who will immerse himself in the details of the job and who will come to every meeting prepared. I want someone who will respect and value all members of our community, and who will focus on the issues that are important to our future — creating a vibrant local economy, transitioning to a more sustainable way of living, and working with neighborhood leaders to improve our quality of life.
Fortunately we have an excellent choice for mayor — Stephen Buxbaum. As a council member for the past two years Buxbaum has shown that he’s up to the task. He treats everyone with respect, has an excellent grasp of the challenges facing the city, and has a progressive plan for moving our community forward.
Pust is out of step with the community. He represents Olympia’s past, not its future. He is ill-suited to lead our great city.