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Thurston City Of Tumwater Mayor

The mayor shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, in charge of all departments and employees, with authority to designate assistants and department heads. He or she shall see that all laws and ordinances are faithfully enforced and that law and order is maintained in the city, and shall have general supervision of the administration of city government and all city interests. The mayor essentially serves as both the leader in name of the city, and the day-to-day active city manager.
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    Pete Kmet (NP) Tumwater Mayor

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Biographical Information

Why did you decide to run for this office?

What are three major issues facing your city or town?

Of the three, which one is the most critical?

What is your commitment to senior citizens?

How do you think your city/town should approach legal and illegal immigration issues?

What are the issues surrounding your city's infrastructure?

How do you think your city/town could best respond to homelessness?

Phone (360) 943-4550
YouTube Video Recordings of our City Council meetings can be found at the following link
Town where you live City of Tumwater
Experience (300 characters max) I am completing my 2nd term as Mayor. Prior to that I was on the Tumwater City Council for 18 years, of which 14 years were as Mayor Pro Tem (Deputy Mayor). During my service I’ve represented Tumwater on numerous task forces and committees, often being selected in a leadership role by my peers.
I want to keep Tumwater a great place to live and raise a family. In my tenure as Mayor we’ve attracted many new businesses, improved public involvement, added new parks, improved energy efficiency, made progress on Brewery redevelopment and revitalization of Capitol Boulevard, expanded street maintenance, strengthened police and fire services and initiated a youth summer employment program. I feel fortunate to have had a leadership role in these efforts and want to continue this work.
Keeping Tumwater financially sound. Like all cities, Tumwater's expenditures and revenue are constrained by law. We must continue to work within those laws to control expenditures and develop sources of revenue so we can provide the services our residents and businesses expect.

Brewery redevelopment. See the next question.

Managing growth responsibly. New development should add to our quality of life, respect our environment and history, and pay its fair share of infrastructure costs.
Redevelopment of the brewery property remains the most important issue in Tumwater. If we are successful in this, it will also help address the other two priorities. The brewery was the heart and soul of Tumwater for many decades. Hardly a week goes by without someone asking me about the status of the brewery. Recognizing the importance of this, we’ve dedicated much money and resources to this, developed an action plan, and worked closely with the two primary owners to facilitate redevelopment.
Seniors are an important part of the fabric of our community, often volunteering for City and School programs and supporting many of our nonprofit organizations. Tumwater built our Old Town Center facility for seniors in the 1990’s. I helped with the remodel of this building at that time, saving the City an estimated $15,000. That facility is used for senior programs in the morning and for lunch, and for teens after school. I have supported continued funding for that facility and programs and attended many events there (picnics, lunch, and recognition ceremonies). I speak several times a year at Olympics West Retirement Inn on Trosper Road, helping the seniors there stay connected to Tumwater. And I've regularly attended the Senior Games opening ceremony. Our fire and medic services provide critical medical services to seniors in need. I remain committed to helping keep our seniors engaged and contributing to our community and being able to live out their lives with dignity.
Our role in immigration is fairly limited, as this is primarily the federal government’s responsibility. The City Council recently passed a resolution directing staff to not ask about immigration status of persons seeking City services. I supported that resolution.
Some of the challenges facing Tumwater include:

Traffic congestion and adequate funding for street and sidewalk maintenance;

Ensuring we have an adequate, clean supply of water, and that LOTT has sufficient sewage treatment capacity, both for existing residents and businesses and to support growth;

Managing stormwater to minimize impacts on surface water and groundwater and to prevent flooding; and

A sustainable source of funding to maintain and grow our parks and recreational programs.
I've advocated allocating the majority of our federal community development block grant funding for affordable housing. I’ve also used my office to help promote organizations like Homes First! and Rebuilding Together. And I’ve supported Together! and their work with the Tumwater School District to provide services for homeless youth. I've supported our Community Investment Partnership with United Way, funding many local nonprofits that provide housing and support services for homeless persons.
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