TNT: Pierce County budget beefs up behavioral health services

"Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier will get his mental-health vans after all — at least one of them.

A four-month debate over local behavioral health funding ended Tuesday with a unanimous vote from the County Council, locking in a supplemental budget that includes about $3 million for services related to behavioral health and homeless programs.

The 6-0 vote represented a legislative victory for council Chairman Doug Richardson, who wrangled support from the council’s conservative and liberal wings."

Continue reading more of Sean Robinson's story at The News Tribune.

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TNT: County Council leaders like what they hear from Dammeier

"Pierce County Council leaders saw common ground with new county Executive Bruce Dammeier following his state of the county address Wednesday.

The speech highlighted Dammeier’s priorities, including a proposal for a $10.7 million supplemental budget adjustment, more than half of it targeted toward beefing up local behavioral health services.

'What we saw today was the executive’s priorities align with ours, and that certainly is good for us and for the county going forward. We’re looking forward to being able to work with him,' said county Councilman Rick Talbert, who sought the executive’s seat in last November’s election, won by Dammeier."

Continue reading more of Sean Robinson's story at The News Tribune.

 

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KING 5: Pierce County Executive proposes $750k for homeless veterans

"Pierce County is dealing with an exploding homeless population, and the newly elected Dammeier said he wants to focus the county’s efforts on the challenges faced by homeless veterans.

'It is unconscionable to me that anyone who has served our country in the military would not have a clean, safe place to live,' he said.

Dammeier proposed an appropriation of $750,000 to house and serve homeless veterans at the Washington Soldiers Home in Orting. A portion of that money, $250,000 would help run a facility for homeless women veterans at the Betsy Ross Project in Orting."

Continue reading Jenna Hanchard's story at KING 5. 

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TNT: So far, so good with new Pierce County executive — now what?

"There’s something gutsy about Bruce Dammeier choosing this Wednesday to deliver his introductory State of the County address, which apparently will mark the first time a Pierce County executive has given the speech favored by presidents, governors and mayors.

By sheer coincidence, Dammeier will go public with his vision for the county on March 15, also known as the Ides of March — a day that any student of Shakespeare knows is associated with dramatic political downfalls, not coming-out parties.

The former state legislator from Puyallup is not famous for making enemies, a la Julius Caesar; rather, he has a reputation as a solid moderate and a level-headed diplomat. But he also doesn’t strike us as the type to be daunted by history or tradition."

 

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Matt Driscoll: After tough campaign, Dammeier now has a more important task – to lead

"...[I]t is safe to say that the gestures Dammeier has made since the certification of the election have left his new colleagues on the County Council hopeful about what his leadership will mean.

Several of them I spoke with applauded the diverse group of seasoned advisers he appointed to his executive team, led by former Democratic state treasurer and lawmaker Dan Grimm. And Councilmen Rick Talbert, D-Tacoma, and Dan Roach, R-Bonney Lake, said Dammeier has spent time in recent weeks listening to county staff and council members."

Click here to continue reading Matt Driscoll's column at The News Tribune.

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TNT: Your last-minute guide to Election Day in Pierce County

"So the big day is almost here. Soon, we’ll likely know the outcome of the presidential race, along with dozens of others contests, near and far.

In the meantime, what do you need to know to participate, monitor or celebrate/berate the election?"

Click here to continue reading The News Tribune's last-minute guide to Election Day.

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TNT: There’s no excuse not to vote in the 253 - over and out

"In the 253 area code, we will decide whether to invest a princely sum in our grandchildren’s mass-transit future, and whether to make it easier for citizens to put do-it-yourself laws on the ballot. We will choose people to lead Pierce County out of King County’s shadow and into the dawn of 2020.

No vote should be taken for granted, no ballot left unmarked on the kitchen counter."

Continue reading the Editorial Board's Opinion at The News Tribune.

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Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Friends,
 
We are only three days from Tuesday’s election, and it is critically important for us to submit our ballots! If you have not voted yet, now is the time to mail your ballot or return it to a postage-free drop box location. Submitting your ballot before November 8th will help ensure your vote counts toward the initial returns on election night.

For those who have already voted, thank you! Please encourage your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers to participate as well. I am incredibly grateful for everyone’s support over the last thirteen months. Let’s finish strong!
 
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TNT Letters: Quality more important than party affiliation

". . . [Many Democrats in Tacoma] may be like my good friend who announced to me upon seeing my Dammeier sign that she planned to vote for both Bruce Dammeier and Bill Bryant. She watched Dammeier at work on the Puyallup School Board and highly respected his professionalism, work ethic and decisionmaking process."

"I sincerely hope that many Democrats will vote for the best candidate, not just a straight party ticket. Change can be healthy."

Continue reading Jan Fisher's Letter to the Editor at The News Tribune.

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A Leader Who Won't Let Us Down

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Newsletter: Ballots Arrive This Week

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Friends,
 
It has been a busy and successful month campaigning! Military ballots are already being returned, and local ballots are only days away from mailing on Thursday, October 20th. In case you missed it, The News Tribune endorsed my candidacy for Pierce County Executive. It is a great honor to have their support, and it is encouraging to see they share in my vision for more effective, more ambitious leadership in Pierce County.
 
Raising Awareness and Descending Buildings with Habitat
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Lauren has been by my side on so many amazing adventures, including this campaign. When she joined the Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity Board, I expected to be by her side helping to build and repair homes. But in my wildest dreams, I never thought we would be side-by-side rappelling Tacoma’s 26-story, 245-foot Hotel Murano!
 
Lauren had a great time rappelling down, I had fun once back on the ground, and it was a successful day raising funds and awareness for Habitat. Click here to learn more about Habitat and how to volunteer.
 
REALTORS Deliver Big
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With Dino Rossi and Bill Riley.
 
The Washington Association of REALTORS and the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of REALTORS recently hosted a standing-room-only luncheon for the campaign. Huge thank you to Dino Rossi for supporting and speaking, and to all those who attended!

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TNT: Dammeier ready to serve as Pierce County executive

". . . Bruce Dammeier is a smart choice to lead Washington’s second-largest county and its nearly 850,000 residents to the threshold of the next decade. After several years of divided county government, he just might be a game changer."

Read more of the Editorial Board's endorsement at The News Tribune.

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TNT: Why vape shops in Washington are welcoming new state regulations, but concerned about federal rules

"But state Sen. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup, who sponsored Washington state’s less restrictive rules, said placing costly regulations on e-cigarettes has risks. While vaping isn’t healthy, he said, it’s a better alternative to cigarettes and should stay cheaper to discourage cigarette use.

'At this point I believe we have a vested interest in people who are smoking switching to vaping,' he said. 'For (people who vape) to have a little more money in their pocket as the result of that decision, I’m OK with that.'

Dammeier is not alone in thinking smokers should vape if they can’t kick their nicotine addiction. A major medical organization in the United Kingdom has been urging cigarette users to vape instead if they can’t quit, because it says studies show vaping is less harmful than smoking. Smoking kills nearly 500,000 people a year in the U.S. and 6 million people worldwide, according to the U.S. Center For Disease Control."

Read more of this story by Walker Orenstein at The News Tribune.

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Newsletter: Support from Every Corner of Pierce County

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Friends,
 
The campaign is in full swing! We are busy with forums, doorbelling, fundraising, and more. We still have hard work to do, but it has been a fun summer. Please keep an eye on the mailbox for your ballot. Military ballots will arrive on or before Friday, September 23rd, and local ballots around Friday, October 21st.

Another Key Community Endorsement: Kathy Yang from the Puyallup School Board
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Kathy has served on the Puyallup School Board since 2013. She is a graduate of both Northwestern University and the University of Washington Law School, and I strongly believe she embodies some of the best new talent we have in local leadership. Honored to have her support!
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Newsletter: Supported By Leaders Countywide

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Friends,

I want to thank you again for the strong turnout in the Primary Election. I believe candidates should work hard to earn the support of their communities and work even harder once elected. We are running a robust campaign, and the Primary results reflected our efforts. Now we are going even harder and continuing to build momentum for the November 8th General Election.
 
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TNT: Where Talbert and Dammeier stand on a potential mental health sales tax

"Still, Dammeier represents an intriguing new character in Pierce County’s ongoing mental health tax drama. As a member of Pierce County’s delegation in the Legislature, having spent time in both the state House and Senate, he tells me that Pierce County’s refusal to pass the tax often meant he and his colleagues felt like they were 'sent down (to Olympia) with one arm tied behind our back.'

In other words, Dammeier has the potential to bring a different perspective to one of the key impediments Pierce County has had when it comes to finally implementing a mental health sales tax: the tired squabble over who’s responsible for paying for mental health services, the county or the state."

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Narrows bridge: Dammeier understands unfair tolls (TNT Letters)

"The state Legislature authorized $4.65 billion, including $1.6 billion from the latest gas tax increase, to construct the State Route 520 bridge across Lake Washington. Officials proudly state that $1.2 billion in toll revenue will be generated to help pay project costs. But that is only 26.32 percent of total costs.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge users have been strapped with 100 percent cost payback through tolls by the worst bond package ever sold by the state of Washington. How much of the recent gas tax increase (that we also pay) was dedicated to the Narrows Bridge? Zero.

Sen. Bruce Dammeier is one of the few in Olympia that understand the impact tolls have on our economy as well as the unfair impact on hard working people of Pierce County. That’s why I’m supporting Dammeier as our next Pierce County executive."

Randy Boss, Gig Harbor

Continue reading this and more Letters to the Editor at The News Tribune.

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On to the General!

Friends,

I really appreciate the tremendous support from the voters in yesterday’s primary. We had a very strong field of Republicans, and they ran good races. Our campaign team is better experienced from such stiff competition.

Dan Roach congratulated me this morning on our victory. We are both focused on working together for Pierce County.

Now we move on to November and defeating Rick Talbert. We must restore a county government dedicated to serving citizens and building a stronger future for us all.

 

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TNT: Talbert, Dammeier will vie for Pierce County executive

"Republican state Sen. Bruce Dammeier and Democratic Pierce County Councilman Rick Talbert will compete in November to run Pierce County government as the county executive."

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Newsletter: Tuesday's Our Big Day

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Friends,
 
Thank you for so much support. The Primary Election is tomorrow, Tuesday, August 2nd, and we are excited. If you have not voted yet, please mail your ballot or return it to a Ballot Drop Box today. It is very important to encourage your friends and family to vote as well.
 
There is no way to sugarcoat this election - it has been a challenging race. We are fortunate to have passionate candidates running for county executive. While my opponents and I do not always share the same vision, we see similar problems in the community and I believe we are all dedicated to solving them.
 
With that said, I am not running to keep the status quo. If you feel our county is as good as it can be, you have two sitting county councilmembers to choose between for the executive role. I will change the tone of county government and show a different, more effective style of leadership. We can do this but we can only do it together. Let’s finish the Primary successfully and begin preparing for November.
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Endorsed by Rob McKenna

"Bruce Dammeier is good at coaching other people, and bringing out the best in those he works with. We need more of that attitude in government. A leader like Bruce doesn't come along very often. Please join me in supporting him as our next Pierce County Executive."Next_Pierce_County_Executive.jpg

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Newsletter: Time to Vote!

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Friends and Neighbors,

Ballots have officially arrived and we are less than two weeks away from the August 2nd Primary Election. This is when your support means the most! I am blessed to have so many of you contribute your time, energy, and financial support for this campaign, but we have to turn out the vote and finish this first part of the election cycle strong. Please select your candidates and return your ballot early. There are competitive races and well qualified leaders in many statewide and local races this year - our participation is more important than ever. Let’s get it done!
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Newsletter: Bosco and the Team Working Hard in Pierce County

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Friends and Neighbors,

These are the final weeks of our big push - we’re going harder than ever until August 2nd. Community fairs, parades, and forums have been filling much of my calendar, and I am thankful for all the feedback and support throughout the county.
 
Primary ballots begin arriving this week, and we need to participate. We have important primary elections across the ballot, and I hope you would closely consider the candidates for Lieutenant Governor, State Treasurer, and State Auditor as well. This is going to be an exciting summer!
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TNT: We endorse Dammeier, Talbert for Pierce County executive

"This time there are three Republicans and one Democrat vying for the job. Of the four, Republicans Dan Roach and Larry Faulk are to be commended for past records of public leadership, but voters should pick between Republican Bruce Dammeier and Democrat Rick Talbert to guide the county into its challenging next chapter.

Mounting concerns over homelessness, mental illness and crime are butting up against other costly imperatives, such as fixing traffic congestion. Economic development also demands attention so the county doesn’t sink further into merely being Seattle’s bedroom community.

Dammeier and Talbert have the experience, respect and collaborative temperament to make headway on these problems over the next four years. We endorse them in the Aug. 2 primary election."

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Veterans Integral to a Successful Pierce County

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Fellow Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers,

I hope you and your family had a fun and safe Fourth of July holiday weekend. It's the perfect time for food, fireworks, and reflection on how blessed we are to live in this country. Thank you for protecting our nation and our freedoms.
 
My wife Lauren and I celebrated with our family and friends in DuPont. We participated in the Hometown Parade and had a wonderful day at the festivities. The historic district has so much character and charm - it was a great Fourth with great company.

Vets Deserve Local Support

I have been fortunate to meet and work with amazing veterans. However, many share the belief we can and should do more to help transitioning and retired servicemembers, especially right here in Pierce County. Joint Base Lewis-McChord is an incredible asset to the region, and we have a responsibility to support veterans with job, health, and education resources as they transition into our communities.

Watch the video below to hear veterans including Navy Chief Petty Officer John Johnson and Navy Commander Katie Thurman discuss the issue, my background, and the need for us to take action.

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Newsletter: Full Speed Ahead!

Friends and Neighbors,
 
The campaign is going great. We’re ringing doorbells, building even more signs, and continuing to host events throughout the county. Voter pamphlets and ballots are only days away from arriving in our mailboxes, and this is the beginning of our big push before the August 2nd primary. Keep on the lookout for television, mailings, and more. It has truly been a blessing to have so many friends join in our vision, and I am incredibly excited for what the coming weeks have to offer. Let’s vote early and vote strong. It’s time for us to start making Pierce County an even better place to work, play, and live!
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Veterans' Needs Are Our Needs

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Fellow Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers, 

The campaign has been running on all cylinders since our last update. We are constructing signs, increasing grassroots activity, and developing community relationships countywide. In the past week, I have attended events in places such as University Place, DuPont, Eatonville, Gig Harbor, and more.
 
But no matter where I go, I consistently hear the same concerns from both our active duty and retired servicemembers: we need more jobs, we need more roads, and we need them now. In Olympia, I fought to create incentives for businesses to hire veterans and to pass a transportation infrastructure package. And as your executive, I will work to cut through the bureaucracy that keeps local businesses from expanding and leaves too many of our roads in disrepair. I have shown we can work together to get things accomplished for the entire state - now it’s time to leverage that experience and get them done right here in our county.
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Newsletter: Things Are Heating Up - Barbecues, Debates, and More!

Friends and Neighbors,

The campaign has been firing on all cylinders since our kickoff celebration. We’ve been enjoying local community events, ramping up our sign presence, and spending quality time with friends and future friends throughout Pierce County. From barnyard barbecues to Poodle Dog debates, it has been a nonstop two weeks - with many more to come!

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Pierce County just launched its 2016 Election Video Voters' Guide. Select the image above or click here to watch my video! The more we share it the better - family, friends, or even on Facebook.
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Supporting Our Veterans

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 Fellow Servicemen, Servicewomen, and Veterans,

I am running to be your next Pierce County Executive. As a veteran, I understand the sacrifices we make, the values we hold, and what it takes to get things done. We need better county leadership for jobs, schools, roads, and veteran affairs.
 
I do not ask for your support lightly. Pierce County is my home - I grew up in University Place, graduated from the Naval Academy, served in the Navy for eight years, and returned to Puyallup to raise my family. I now help run a local printing business and have represented our community as your State Senator since 2012.
 
In the coming weeks, these updates will let you know what I stand for, what I have accomplished in Olympia, and what we need to do to make our county better for our military community and for people everywhere.
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TNT: Puyallup resident Dammeier launches campaign for Pierce County Executive

"After serving east Pierce County for seven years — first as a state representative and then as a state senator, part of the Republican Majority Caucus —Bruce Dammeier, a resident of Puyallup, is going all in and running for Pierce County Executive.

'I was born in Tacoma and raised in University Place,' said Dammeier, a U.S. Navy veteran. 'I’m a Pierce County kid. I’ve climbed Mount Rainier. I’ve boated on Puget Sound. We live in a great place — a tremendous natural beauty. But our (county) government needs a culture change.'

'We need good jobs, and more of them in Pierce County,' Dammeier said. 'We need greater collaboration between cities and the county and school districts and more focus on citizens and not on bureaucracy.'

As Pierce County Executive, Dammeier said he would work hard at representing those towns and cities outside Tacoma, that for too long have gone unrepresented.

'While I am not anti-Tacoma at all, we need our county government focused on supporting all of our citizens, including those in Puyallup, Graham, Eatonville and across the bridge in Gig Harbor and in the Key Peninsula,' Dammeier noted."

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