BONNEY LAKE, WA – For the August 3 primary, Pierce County’s 566,000 registered voters will be asked to vote in dozens of high profile elections, including mayoral elections in Tacoma, Eatonville, Buckley and Bonney Lake. Nearly a dozen cities from Puyallup to Lakewood are holding city council elections, and six school districts will also have candidates on the ballot.
To help readers make informed decisions, Patch has asked candidates to answer questions about their campaigns and will post candidate profiles as Election Day approaches.
Gwendolyn Fullerton is running for Position 1 on Bonney Lake City Council.
I have been happily married to my husband Troy for 22 years and we raised two great daughters.
Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?
Any college, and I graduated from the International Airline Academy Trade School
Previous or current elected or appointed office
https: // gwendolynforcitycounci …
Why are you looking for an election office?
I love this community and have been volunteering the schools for many years and I think this should be my next step in serving my community.
The most pressing issue we (board of directors, district, etc.) face is _______ and this is what I intend to address.
Affordability of living in Bonney Lake. With my new council member, Bonney Lake City Council needs to reassess how the city is handling the approval process for home builders looking to build more affordable homes and businesses by reducing approval fees and delays.
What are the key differences between you and the other candidates seeking this position?
As a flight attendant, I have excellent problem-solving skills and am quick to think in urgent situations. I also have excellent communication skills. During the Covid-19 city closings, while on the city council, the other candidate failed to create a suitable place to allow citizens to communicate effectively, to raise their concerns or to be heard. Immediate two-way communication has been switched off.
If you are a challenger, how has the current officer or incumbent let the ward (or district or constituency) down?
The water and sewage charges are too high. Some city council members have had numerous opportunities in the past to resolve this issue, but instead went the faster and easier avenues that “passed the money on to today’s citizens” to pay these outrageous prices.
How do you think local officials have reacted to the coronavirus? What if you did something differently?
Lack of transparency. Over the past year, the city council has not allowed its citizens to be heard in a two-way conversation with their elected leaders. Other councilors have been able to use Internet web conferencing technology to facilitate communication with their constituents. If I were elected to the council and these lockdown measures were required, I would make sure that citizens can attend council meetings with the right technology.
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.
Maintaining a family friendly city, supporting our law enforcement and first responders, and listening to our citizens are of the utmost importance to my platform. Recent changes in state legislation preventing our police force from adequately protecting their citizens require the city council to come up with creative solutions that will best assist our wonderful police officers so that they can continue to protect our citizens.
What past accomplishments would you cite as evidence that you can handle this job?
I managed to get the message across at several public hearings in Bonney Lake in 2017 against the lifting of the marijuana business moratorium. My passionate speeches helped convince the Bonney Lake City Council not to lift the moratorium but instead put the question on the ballot and let citizens decide whether or not to sell marijuana in the city. Citizens alone decided not to allow marijuana businesses in the city.
The best advice I’ve ever given was:
I have two ears for listening and one mouth for speaking; Therefore, we should listen and think more before speaking.
What else would you like to tell the voters about yourself and your positions?
As a city council member, I am here to listen and I will always vote on these principles. I will ask myself these questions:
> Is that constitutional?
> Responsible for tax purposes?
> Does that benefit our citizens?
If any of 3 questions is not a “YES”, then my vote is “NO”!
I will fight for less regulation, budget responsibility and family-friendly, affordable living.