Thurston Community Media have posted two videos of Pete you may want to check out:
Video Voters Guide (approximately 1:45)
Thurston County League of Women Voters Candidate’s Forum (approximately 15 minutes)
The Thurston County Auditor has also posted the 2017 voter’s pamphlet that contains Pete’s candidate statement on page 25.
- Keep the City of Tumwater financially sound.
- Protect and enhance our neighborhoods.
- Continue work to facilitate redevelopment of the former Olympia Brewery property.
- Fix our streets.
- Enhance our park system.
- Manage growth responsibly.
- Preserve the historic brewery tower.
- Expand opportunities for citizen involvement and volunteer programs.
Pete participates in many community and volunteer events. Here he is with a group of volunteers about to pick up food for the food bank.
Key Accomplishments as Mayor:
- Tumwater has remained financially stable, even during the post 2008 recession and recovery.
- Led community visioning process for the former Olympia Brewery and surrounding neighborhoods and a similar visioning process for Capitol Boulevard. These efforts have resulted in updates to our land use and transportation plans and related development standards, and a renewed interest in economic development in these areas. Work continues to make these community visions a reality.
- I’ve been a strong proponent that growth should add to our quality of life, respect our environment and history, and pay its fair share of public infrastructure costs.
- I’ve been an advocate for a regional trail system and making Tumwater streets safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. This work is beginning to pay off as we see more people biking, running, and walking in our community.
- I’ve supported Tumwater’s parks, recreation and historic preservation programs. Since I’ve been Mayor, we’ve added two parks (Deschutes Valley and Isabella Bush) and greatly expanded Tumwater Hill Park. We also started a Brewfest to celebrate Tumwater’s brewing history. Through an agreement with the Olympia Tumwater Foundation, we been able to significantly enhance Tumwater’s historic programing through history talks, web offerings, and tours of Tumwater’s National Historic District.
- Co-leader of successful 2011 campaign to strengthen public safety through passage of a police and fire levy, resulting in the hiring of additional police and fire fighters, purchasing a new fire truck, and expansion of the police station wing at City Hall.
- Co-leader of successful 2015 campaign to fund street and sidewalk repairs and maintenance through a small sales tax increase. Work on this 10 year improvement program began in 2016.
- Improved relationships with the business community. I’ve received awards for these efforts from both the Tumwater Chamber and Thurston County Chamber of Commerce.
- I’ve emphasized enhanced communications with our community, and allocated staff and resources to make it happen through community surveys, electronic list-serves, mailed community newsletters, Tumwater University, and community events and volunteer activities.
- Improved efficiency and responsiveness of city services by reorganizing departments and reassigning responsibilities. These changes have eliminated two Department manager positions, allowing the City to reprogram these funds to other staffing needs.
- Strengthened relationships with regional partners including the Cities of Lacey and Olympia, the Tumwater School District, and Port of Olympia
Pete works closely with Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder and Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby.
- Since I became Mayor, we’ve completed several energy efficiency projects including installation of LED street lights and traffic signals, upgrades to City buildings’ lighting, heating and cooling systems, and installation of solar panels on City Hall.
- I planted the seed for a new youth employment program that, in partnership with the Tumwater School District, Garden Raised Bounty, and the Tumwater Boys and Girls Club, employed 32 high school youth during last summer. The Grub program in particular is using a farm based education program to teach students life and job skills, how to grow and eat healthy food, and create a new City park out of an abandoned farm. Students in these programs also learn about the services the various City departments provide and future career opportunities.
Paid for by: Citizens for Pete Kmet, 434 C ST SW, Tumwater, WA 98512