Sept 16th - 6:30pm
Pierce County Executive
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Fall is the season for candidate forums here at City Club of Tacoma. Our first forum features the Pierce County Executive race. During this public health crisis and economic recession, the people will decide who will lead our county into recovery and prosperity for the next four years.
The candidates for county executive are Bruce Dammeier and Larry Seaquist. Our moderator is Michael Artime, Department Chair of Political Science at Pacific Lutheran University.
We encourage our community members to submit questions they would like discussed at City Club's candidate forums. Please email questions to: Board@cityclubtacoma.org
A Washington native, Bruce grew up in University Place, graduating from Curtis High School. He went on to graduate with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in engineering. He served for eight years in the Navy, stationed throughout the world, including the Bangor Submarine Base and earned his Masters in Engineering from the University of Washington.
Following his military service, he worked as a manufacturing executive with a local printing and software services company, overseeing operations in three states. Currently, Bruce is a partner in Print NW, a commercial printer that has been recognized for growth both locally and nationally.
Bruce has a long record of community service prior to being elected as the Pierce County Executive in 2016. He served in the State Legislature from 2008 to 2016, starting with two terms in the State House and finishing with one term in the State Senate. He was a leader on education and budgets, including sponsoring key reform bills and negotiating four budgets. His elected service started in 2001 on the Puyallup School Board. He also served locally on the City of Puyallup Civil Service Commission and Planning Commission.
Bruce also has a long history of service on non-profit boards, including Good Samaritan Hospital, University of Washington-Tacoma, Tacoma Goodwill, YMCA Mel Korum Branch, and Young Life. He has been married for 34 years to Lauren and they have three sons and one grandchild
Larry Seaquist served in the Washington House of Representatives from 2007 to 2015, where he represented the 26th legislative district (Gig Harbor, Bremerton, Port Orchard). He chaired the House Higher Education Committee, and served on Appropriations, Early Learning, and Health Care committees. Seaquist served 32 years in the Navy, where he commanded four warships including
Battleship USS IOWA. At the Pentagon, he led strategy and budget planning teams.
Following his career in the Navy, he worked for a decade in peacebuilding and community development in countries facing conflict. A dedicated public servant, Seaquist has worked with the Tacoma-Pierce County League of Women Voters to lead a multi-year project understanding and preventing homelessness and has taught graduate courses in strategic planning at Evergreen State College. He is a member of the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce, the Key Peninsula Business Association, and the American Legion.
He envisions an effective and transparent Pierce County government and will lead with bold creative solutions to our region’s most pressing issues.
Dr. Michael Artime is an assistant professor and Department Chair of Political Science at Pacific Lutheran University. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is interested in the intersections between new media and political behavior, voting and elections, and the institutions of American government.
SEPTEMBER 16, 2020
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When: Sep 16, 2020 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Pierce County Executive Candidate Forum
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