The campaign mailers from Steve Vermillion and Dean Johnson dramatically illuminate the differences between the candidates for the Puyallup City Council at-large position.
Platform - Vermillion: Prioritization of infrastructure replacement, shift debt to cash, affordable housing and living, new public safety building and economic growth. Johnson: Civility.
Community service - Vermillion: Hatchery Foundation, reading programs, youth sports and numerous veterans organizations and activities. Johnson: none.
Major contributions - Vermillion: City Splash Pad, Connector route to Puyallup, extension of Riverwalk and Foothills Trail, safety and sidewalks funding for Shaw Road, decreased city debt and voted against 26 to 30 percent utility rate increase. Johnson: None.
Career highlights - Vermillion: 1,450 combat medical evacuation missions, government contractor, educator, author, small business owner, youth athletic coach and Puyallup City Council. Johnson: None.
I will vote for the incumbent, Steve Vermillion, who received our nation’s third-highest award for valor and has demonstrated his willingness to serve as a public and community servant as opposed to the none-of-the-above Dean Johnson.