Jim McCune, a current member of the Pierce County Council, announced on Friday, April 10, his official intent to run for a state Senate seat that is soon to be left open following the retirement announcement of Sen. Randi Becker, R-Olympia.
“Today, more than ever, we need experienced leadership in our elected officials,” the 2nd Legislative District hopeful said in a press release. “I ran my own successful business for over 50 years while serving eight years in the state House of Representatives and going on eight years at the Pierce County Council.”
McCune currently represents Pierce County Council District No. 3, which encompasses Eatonville, Roy, Longmire, parts of Graham and a large part of the area around Mount Rainier.
He’s running for the Senate seat as a Republican. He previously represented the 2nd Legislative District as a representative from 2005 to 2013.
“The state’s exponential spending habit and its increasing bloated bureaucracy must be stopped, including their unfunded mandates to counties. Education needs to return its focus to knowledge and local control, not state mandate of adult sex-ed programs,” McCune said in a statement. “I am well prepared to work in the Legislature getting our government back to its core responsibilities. I look forward to returning to the Legislature and serving the citizens.”
McCune will leave his office at the beginning of 2021 due to term limits. He joins four other Republican challengers looking to replace Becker, who served as the district’s senator for 12 years.
As council member, McCune recently helped direct recreational funds to the ongoing Yelm Prairie Line Trail system that will connect Thurston and Pierce county recreationalists by way of hundreds of miles of trail, his press release states.
During his two terms, he’s also worked toward funding a property crimes task force and is working on a retail theft ordinance which creates a task force to identify and arrest retail theft rings.
He chairs the council’s Public Safety, Human Services and Budget Committee, where he’s worked to focus on combatting human trafficking and illicit drug use in his and other communities.
More information on McCune and his campaign can be found at www.electjimmccune.com.
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