PUYALLUP… Bruce Dammeier, a Washington State Senator representing Pierce County, today announced his candidacy for Pierce County Executive in 2016.
“Pierce County government needs new ideas and new leadership” said Dammeier. “We can’t just keep doing the same old things and expect better results. That’s why I am running for Pierce County Executive.”
Dammeier was born in Tacoma, raised in University Place, and has lived in Puyallup for the past 22-years with his wife Lauren. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the Navy.
“While my military service took me to places around the world, Pierce County has always been my home. Continuing to serve my friends and neighbors would be a great honor and responsibility. ”
“I am not running to oversee business-as-usual at the County. We need to streamline permitting processes to reduce bureaucratic delays, respect private property rights, and put people back to work. Our unemployment rate is significantly higher than Seattle—we can do better.”
“Current county leadership has focused significant time, energy and effort on an extravagant, $127 million administration building. We need to refocus our county budget to eliminate unnecessary administrative expenditures and capital projects, focusing instead on the core functions of county government that serve our citizens—public safety, economic development, and protecting the most vulnerable.”
Dammeier is a partner in Print NW, a local printing business in Lakewood. His family has been in the printing business in Pierce County since 1934.
Dammeier currently represents Pierce County’s 25th Legislative District in the Washington State Senate, following two terms in the House of Representatives. He previously served eight years on the Puyallup School Board.