Ciudad de Gig Harbor

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Consejo de la Ciudad de Gig Harbor

Consejo de la Ciudad de Gig Harbor, Position #1

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  • Incumbent Jeni Woock has served on the Gig Harbor City Council since 2018. She has a long volunteer record, especially around the environment, as one of the cofounders of Citizens for the Preservation of Gig Harbor and chair of the Gig Harbor Sustainability Coalition.

    Woock ran for council in 2017 on a promise of slower growth. She advocated for developers to pay their share of traffic impact fees in 2019 and voted for a six-month moratorium on residential development in 2018. Woock is also an advocate for switching from a strong mayor form of government to a council form after tumultuous leadership by Mayor Kit Kuhn.

    Also in this race are Robert Wiles and Scott McCarley. Wiles is a real estate agent and former commercial fisherman. According to his candidate statement, he wants to see less development in the city and more historical preservation, but he does not have any concrete policy proposals or wider campaign plans available. Similarly, Scott McCarley states that he wants to protect the local economy but has no policy proposals or campaign information available.

    While we ultimately can't classify her as a progressive, Woock is an environmentalist and she is the only viable choice in this race.

    Jeni Woock

    Incumbent Jeni Woock has served on the Gig Harbor City Council since 2018. She has a long volunteer record, especially around the environment, as one of the cofounders of Citizens for the Preservation of Gig Harbor and chair of the Gig Harbor Sustainability Coalition.

Consejo de la Ciudad de Gig Harbor, Position #2

  • Roger Henderson is a member of the Gig Harbor Parks Commission and a former civil engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He states that if elected, he will aim for sustainable growth and to improve community walkability and accessibility to shopping, parks, and more.

    Also in this race are Dave Ozier and John Skansi. Dave Ozier is a former Coast Guard officer and teacher. He states that he is running to expand bike and pedestrian walkways, maintain roads, and complete parks.

    Skansi had originally filed to run for mayor but switched to city council at the last minute. He does not have a detailed platform available as of mid-July. His official voters' guide statement says that he is running to bring more local control to the community and smarter economic development, though he doesn't elaborate on what that entails. Skansi was recently barred from substitute teaching in at least four Seattle schools for a wide range of conduct offenses, including singling out Black students, failing to properly wear a mask, and failing to actually teach in his classes.

    We lean towards Henderson in this race because of his longtime experience in sustainability and environmental work.

    Roger Henderson

    Roger Henderson is a member of the Gig Harbor Parks Commission and a former civil engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He states that if elected, he will aim for sustainable growth and to improve community walkability and accessibility to shopping, parks, and more.

Peninsula School Board

Director, District #5, Junta Escolar Peninsula

  • Juanita Beard is running a strong campaign for Peninsula School Board Director in District 5. Beard is a therapist, former social worker, and health care case manager. She runs a small business for her counseling services in Gig Harbor. Beard has two school-aged children currently in the Peninsula school system.

    Beard has a progressive vision for the position. Her priorities include diversity, equity, and inclusion in the school system and the board itself, expanded mental health resources for students, making sure the school board is an accessible government body, and supporting teachers and staff. Beard hopes to bring her vast experience in listening and healing to the district as it recovers from the struggles brought by online learning and pandemic pressures. She has earned progressive and Democratic support in this race.

    Beard is challenging incumbent David Olson in this race. Olson is the current president of the Peninsula School Board after being first elected in 2013. He works in the government banking division of U.S. Bank in Tacoma. Last October, when COVID-19 was tearing through Washington communities, Olson criticized local public health officials and expressed frustration that kindergartners weren’t in classrooms already.

    We need leaders who will follow science and public health recommendations to keep our kids safe. Beard is the best choice in this race and deserves your vote to serve Peninsula School District No. 401 as the next District 5 director.

    Juanita Beard

    Juanita Beard is running a strong campaign for Peninsula School Board Director in District 5. Beard is a therapist, former social worker, and health care case manager. She runs a small business for her counseling services in Gig Harbor.