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Wanted: Pro=business City Council
By ERICA JAHN
As Federal Way citizens interested in four City Council positions up for election this year prepare to run, a group of business leaders has formed a political action committee to support pro-business candidates.
The political action committee (PAC), called Prosperity for Federal Way, announced it plans to identify qualified pro-business candidates and provide them with financial support during their campaigns.
The committee is the first conservative, pro-business PAC in Federal Way dedicated to supporting local, county and state candidates.
Were talking about people who will look to the business community and Federal Ways economy and make it so the health of the business community is paramount to them, said Russ Wolf, president of Prosperity for Federal Way.
The goal of the committee is to support officials who will consult with the business community prior to setting new policies or ordinances or embarking on new projects that might affect the business community and, by extension, the community at large.
Wolf cited as examples the road improvement project on Pacific Highway South, which he said is causing businesses all kinds of problems, as well as the citys 1 percent utility tax increase. That really bothered a lot of people, he said.
Wolf said the committee currently doent support or oppose any potential candidates who might be running for City Council positions.
This year, council positions up for re-election are held by Mary Gates, who has announced her candidacy to run for re-election; Mike Park, who also plans to run again; Jack Dovey, who was appointed by the council to fill former councilman Mike Hellicksons vacated position; and Dean McColgan, who earlier this week said hes undecided about seeking another term.
No other prospective candidates have publicly disclosed their plans, but strong challenges of incumbents are rumored.
While the PACs board consists of business owners who also are active members of the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce, Wolf said the committee is not a chamber project.
He said the idea to form the committee is one that has been kicked around for quite some time.
This has been something a number of us have been talking about, he said. We got some energy and decided to do it. Weve heard from a lot of people who said we should have done this a long time ago.
Information or contributions to the committee are available by contacting Ed Opstad, treasurer, at (206) 226-3942 or by mail to P.O. Box 4981, Federal Way, WA 98063.
Staff writer Erica Jahn: 925-5565, firstname.lastname@example.org