UPDATE: Chris Nye Sets Up Blog; Says He's Not a Career Politician

He says there is no state law preventing him from holding both University Place City Council and Pierce County Council simultaneously. He will be a candidate for Pierce County Council position No. 4 held by Tim Farrell, who will not be running in 2012 due

UPDATE: Today, Chris Nye shared his thoughts about the reaction people have shown to his recent bid for the Pierce County Council.

Nye, who on Monday was sworn into the University Place City Council and announced a simultaneous bid for the Pierce County Council hours later, posted on his campaign website that he appreciates some of the "clever takes" people and media outlets have had on his announcement, but that he's not a career politician.

If I was a career candidate who was managed by political experts perhaps I would have waited a few months when the political climate would be better, but we don’t have this time or luxury to wait to get focused on making the US Open the single most successful transformational event in the history of University Place and its surrounding communities in Pierce County.

His full statement can be found here.


Chris Nye says he wants to make one thing clear to University Place residents: he does not plan on abandoning his post on the City Council anytime soon.

Instead, he wants to serve on both the City and Pierce County Council with a specific goal in mind for the latter. He wants to make sure Pierce County and University Place are ready for the .

"There is no state law that says I can't do both," Nye told Patch today. "Until the state Legislature says I can't, I'm going to try."

Nye, hours after on the University Place City Council, announced his bid for the Pierce County Council on Tuesday.

His announcement prompted some to question why the president of MLS4owners.com, who in November's general election, apparently wanted to bolt from his newfound municipal position.

That, he says, is unequivocally not the case. He plans to continue serving if elected to the County Council.

"There is a lot of synergy between the two positions," he said. "That will work well."

Nye has studied the state's laws with his lawyers, and he says there is no violation or conflict of interest. One role is a full-time salaried position; the other is part-time. The performance of either has no direct effect on the other, unlike, say, a sheriff who serves on a city council, and that sheriff's salary is directly affected by that city council's actions.

The idea to run for Pierce County Council came after the moving University Place to Position 4 with Tacoma and Fircrest, he says.

With County Councilman Tim Farrell not being able to run because of term limits, Nye said, there was an opportunity to do something few elected officials have tried throughout the country: serve on a city and county level board simultaneously.

Nye will run as a Republican in the partisan County Council race. State Rep. Connie Ladenburg declared her candidacy for the position two months ago.

The biggest issue on Nye's platform is making sure UP and Pierce County are ready for the 2015 U.S. Open, one of golf's premiere tournaments and the first major hosted by in University Place.

He says the region needs to pull off the tournament correctly, becase doing so will mean a big financial windfall now and in the future.

To date, he says, some in Pierce County have kept their "heads in the sand" when it comes to getting the area ready to host an five-day event that experts say is the equivalent of hosting five Super Bowls.

In particular, Nye says he's concerned with public safety and the logistics of getting tens of thousands of visitors in and out of University Place every day.

"There is no sense of urgency on our county to continue to get our community ready for the U.S. Open," he said.

Check back for updates to this story.


(This announcement was sent to Patch this morning)

University Place City Councilmember Chris Nye has announced that he will also be a candidate for the Pierce County Council position No. 4 currently held by Tim Farrell, who will not be running in 2012 due to term limits. The district includes University Place as well as Fircrest and parts of Tacoma.

Nye thinks his skills and passion as a fiscally conservative problem solver will serve Pierce County well.  His business and military experience has taught him to do more with less and to understand and execute the mission.  He believes the county’s priorities over the next four years should be to promote public safety and a strong economic base, and to prepare the community for the world stage of the 2015 US Open.

Nye’s first foray into politics was successful, as he won the three-way University Place primary election by a 22% margin and the general election by 26%.  He received the endorsements of The News Tribune, Master Builders Association of Pierce County, Pierce County Deputy Sheriff's Guild, West Pierce Fire Fighters, and the Tacoma Pierce County Association of REALTORS, and hopes to earn their support in 2012.

Nye is the founder of the real estate marketing and listing service MLS4owners.com, a Director of Fircrest Golf Club and Washington REALTORS, and a member of US Congressman Adam Smith's Technology Advisory Council. He has also served as co-chair of University Place’s Traffic Impact Fee committee and a member of the city’s Economic Development Commission, as well as on the Seattle King County REALTORS Board of Directors. At Niagara University he graduated cum laude in Criminology and Political Science, and interned in Washington DC for the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.  After graduation he became an officer in the United States Army, where he commanded a Special Forces Counter Terrorist Team at Joint Base Lewis McChord.

Christie Anderson January 05, 2012 at 07:50 AM
Bruce, I SO disagree....while it may not be illegal, it is in my opinion at the very least unwise and at the most symptomatic of a Nepoleon complex. I mean, seriously! He wasn't even on council 24 hrs. before he announced his bid for County Council!....While I do agree that the US Open is important to our city, county and state, in the overall scheme of things it is merely a small blip on the map, so to speak. What is of more concern is the city's debt and how we are going to reduce it. Do you think that the US Open is going to be the savior for our financial plight?? Let's be realistic now!
bruce holmberg January 05, 2012 at 11:43 AM
It’s obvious to be me some of you can’t see the big picture and only see though your closed mind. Having someone on the city council and on the county council can be an advantage to the city. You all are so smart and I’m just the stupid truck driver and I can see this. Ok, you want to mention me by name. I can do the same thing. SO, don’t get me started. Ok, let’s recall Chris, and then we might as well recall a present councilman____. Oh, gave him my word I wouldn’t say anything bad about him, so I won’t. Chris Nye can represent the city as city councilman and Pierce Co council member give him a change. Oh, one thing more he has only announced that he is running…I will kept this simple for you close minded people, let the people decide in the election. For those who what to mention my name, Get over that fact that your mom or person you voted for didn’t win the election. Get over it. I believe Chris Nye see’s the big picture, while Howard Lee doesn’t Chris can see how important the U.S. Open is to this city, so can I and I’m just a stupid truck driver.
bruce holmberg January 05, 2012 at 11:59 AM
ok, Miss Anderson thats not the first time you have attach me.. Enough!! As for LifeInPierceCounty, its not against the law as you clearlly stated. SO, intill it is, Get Over it. oh by the way, I did look at this site on Facebook. Three members, wow!! 2 don't even live in U.P. One is so bitter that Eric won and well she knows who lost.
Chris Saunders January 05, 2012 at 03:55 PM
If ever there was a time for someone to be representing University Place and Pierce County, that time is now. Great strategy, Chris!! Let's see, what have you accomplished so far? 1. Fielded the potential of a public servant representing both Pierce County and University Place. Sounds to me like a great opportunity for strong collaboration and partnership between the two entities particularly as we head into the US Open preparations, but there are other great reasons for this. 2. Brought the US Open to the forefront of the discussion and gave a broader view of this world class event. 3. Positive and innovative publicity for University Place. Last I noticed, University Place is part of Pierce County, representing Pierce County is representing University Place. Recently, someone said to me in University Place we still think like I village. Whether you are elected or not, this move says University Place citizens and representatives are not afraid to try something new and start thinking on a broader scale. Great work!!
Malcolm January 05, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Elected representatives are ment to represent not monopolize. Why do councils have more then just one council member??? To promote diverse representation. So why not just have Chris Nye be the Governor, the County Executive, a County Council member AND a UP City Council member??? because it a dumb idea and contrary to the diverse-perspective ideals of democratic representation. The 4th deserves a candidate that can represent the 4th (all of the time and full-time) including Tacoma neighborhoods. His dream of serving on the UP council and the County Council simultaneously is bad for both councils...
Malcolm January 05, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Here's an informative local blog on this bizarre and uncomfortable situation. http://www.derekmyoung.com/?p=488
Christie Anderson January 05, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Bruce, I have not attached you, nor have I attacked you. I have merely expressed my opinion which differs from yours, in the spirit of open dialogue. Now, I am just a stupid, non-college educated drug store cashier, but I can do math, and a $52 MILLION dollar debt on town(e) center seems to be of extreem importance in my book, and should be to any tax payer in the city of University Place. While the US Open may bring in a modicum of income to the region, I doubt it will have a significant impact on our city's finances.
Christie Anderson January 05, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Thanks for the link Malcolm....very insightful blog!
bruce holmberg January 05, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Thanks Miss Anderason for you course in Math.. Here's some homework for you.. Something for you to look up.. 1 how many people will come to the U.S. Open? 2. how much money will be spent while those people are here? 3 how many Golfer's from out of town, include within the U.S. then the number from overseas and Canada. 4. Here's a extra credit one for you.. Now I live on Grandview, I could if I chose rent my place during that week, How much do you think I could get? 5. How much money is being spent in U.P. because of a Golf Course like Chambers Bay. Better yet how much isn't being spent in U.P. When you get done with that Assignment your comments will mean something to me. Good Luck!
bruce holmberg January 05, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Yes, you are right a and a $52 MILLION dollar debt on town(e) center. Yes, you are right, and wasn't Lorna Smith a part of the council that help with that 52 million debt and messed things up for the Town Center not being finished by now.. OH, Please !! help me understand Miss Anderson.. That was before I moved here.. Please MIss Negative.
Christie Anderson January 05, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Yes she was and she voted against many of the decisions that has put UP in such a bad financial position....here's an assignment for you....look through the council archives....watch UPTV's recordings of council meetings to see how members voted, perhait will enlighten you ...... IF you can understand any of it, that is. ;-)
bruce holmberg January 06, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Oh Miss Negative you took the bait.. When you get done with that Assignment your comments will mean something to me. You couldn't finish the assignment. SO, Is that why she won the last election she was in? Oh, i must of forgot, she lost. Game on.....
bruce holmberg January 06, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Oh Miss Negative you took the bait.. When you get done with that Assignment your comments will mean something to me. You couldn't finish the assignment. SO, Is that why she won the last election she was in? Oh, i must of forgot, she lost. Game on.....You took us off the subject of Chris Nye, good going... Here's another assignment.. What causes debt? 1. to much spending. 2.not enough reveune. 3. or both.. I know these assignments will be hard for you, because you what to focus on the debt. Also, you what to live in the past and not the present, let alone the future. Good Luck!!
Christie Anderson January 06, 2012 at 01:33 AM
LOL @ Bruce.....my, you are a fun diversion!
James Rand January 06, 2012 at 01:37 AM
"The biggest issue on Nye's platform is making sure UP and Pierce County are ready for the 2015 U.S. Open:..." I am thinking that Pierce County residents may not share Mr. Nye's opinion. As we struggle through the worst economic situation since the Great Depression, I am more concerned with cuts to Police and Fire services. Am I or my neighbor going to lose our house or our job? I could care less about Tiger and his ilk and the short term economic boost they may or may not bring to University Place. Nye, what are ya thinkin'!
bruce holmberg January 06, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Ugggh.....I feel so used! ......run as a Republican???? Yeah, right! So....was the heat too hot in the kitchen? :-)) Back at you Miss Anderson. This was fun.. LOL @ Bruce.....my, you are a fun diversion! You were a fun diversion too, thanks! Great comments you have.. I'm done..
Christie Anderson January 06, 2012 at 06:35 AM
Well....Nye isn't the only one to seek higher office. Not to be out done in the publicity department by nye, eric choinier has announced that he'll be running for the state senate against incumbent Mike Carrell. Well, this is no surprise to me. eric's wife's best friend's husband told me that eric wanted to be a senator even before he was elected to the UP city council. Hmmmmm... Is this because you weren't nominated for mayor eric, or because you want to out shine your father who is a mayor? LOL.... :-)
Christie Anderson January 06, 2012 at 06:40 AM
I agree with you there Howard. Rumor has it he wanted to be mayor so that he could be an "ambasador" representing UP during the Open. Why doesn't he just volunteer like the rest of us? Or is the seating better as an "ambasador"? :-))
Malcolm January 06, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Seems that in both Arizona and Georgia, being a politicians running for a different office involves a little more true commitment and sacrifice. Politicians there are basically required to resign from their current elected office in order to run for another one. The rationale is simple: Keep politicians focused on the job that they were elected to do for the people that elected them.... NOTE: In Arizona, legislators do not have to give up their seat to run for another office if they are in the final year of their term.
bruce holmberg January 07, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Chris Anderson Then Patch won't be losing anything important. You have got to be one of the most narrow minded people I have ever had the displeasure of meeting. If you think a thief like eric choiniere is so great, you diserve him. Don't pollute the web with continued blogs that show your continued ignorance. Oh, and by the way....you made absolutely NO sense what so ever at the meeting. The city cannot stop Shari's from leaving. You need to talk to the owner of the property, you dumber than a sack of hammers hick. This is what Miss Anderson won't say here on the Patch about me, but now I know what she really thinks.
bruce holmberg January 07, 2012 at 11:18 PM
she couldn't answer my questions in a private email.. so she responded with this. I told he why I left the republican party. This is what i get. Oh, I did use the word stupid to her about a comment she make here about Eric and this I get... This is what Miss Anderson is really like..
bruce holmberg January 08, 2012 at 12:20 AM
she couldn't answer my questions in a private email.. so she responded with this. I told he why I left the republican party. This is what i get. Oh, I did use the word stupid to her about a comment she make here about Eric and this I get... This is what Miss Anderson is really like.. Miss Anderson I will be at the Council meeting monday,, I invite you to be there and say what you really think to my face. Then I will tell you the answer to your question about why your mother was the reason I left the Republican pary.. But, because you won't come and say to my face. She did actually what you are doing, say one then and then do another. The only thing she did it behind someone's back.. See you monday.
bruce holmberg January 08, 2012 at 12:43 AM
You have said that my mother said some things you didn't approve of....but you didn't mention what it was. While I am not asking you to agree with me, and I don't believe I have put you down (if you felt that way I am sorry....it was unintentional), I feel it is OK to agree to disagree; it is doubtful that either of us will sway the other's view. But do keep expressing yourself....it's a wonderful freedom we have that many countries would kill to have. ..
bruce holmberg January 08, 2012 at 01:04 AM
.I am no different here than I am on Patch. another statement from Chris Anderson to me.
bruce holmberg January 08, 2012 at 01:19 AM
I am no different here than I am on Patch. another statement from Chris Anderson to me. I tried to keep my comments private though a email. But this is what I got. Some people say one then do another in a private conversation. I didn't see any reason to go into detail of why I didn't vote or support her Mother Lorna Smith.. But Miss Anderson wasn't happy with my answer so she went on the attach of me and Eric.. I have called her Miss Negative, if that is wrong. The Readers of Patch can decide. I'm will to repeat anything I have said in my email.. I have been told my many people in U.P. all about her.. You can talk to anyone in U.P. about all the Volenteer work i do. The kids and parents I have coached for the Past 5 years, which by way I get many parents who aksed for me by name to have their child on my team. Not one I don't think will say anything LIke this. Ask! You decide!
Dan January 08, 2012 at 02:51 AM
@Bruce... Can you two please take your lover's quarrel somewhere else. Thanks.
Tony Douglas January 08, 2012 at 03:39 AM
@Dan - no, let it continue. I just got my popcorn popped, a cold beer and was ready to read the soap opera online, UP Patch edition!
bruce holmberg January 08, 2012 at 07:25 PM
ask for it , you will get it. As a diversion, Miss Anderson couldn't stay on the Subject of Mr Nye, she change the subject to the debt. Like our leaders in D.C., and some of those running for ANY office, she changed the subject. She like most people has no solutions to our city debt. So, lets remind everyone that we have a debt. Then also, if you don't agree with someone, go on the attach. Now I say attach, because Miss Anderson made it personal when she use my name. That my folks was personal, that open the door for me to say what I have said. Nothing I said was directed towards her up intill that moment. I'm tried of people like her that remind us of our debt, here locally or as a country. Town Center isn't finish, that is lost reveune for the city.. The Golf Course is also reveune for the city. Revenue can reduce the dept, so we have money for things like Park and rec. Give me solutions!!!!
LifeInPierceCounty January 11, 2012 at 06:46 AM
The position of County Council is that of a legislator, not an administrator,. What about that does Mr. Nye not understand?
Christie Anderson January 11, 2012 at 07:12 AM
Good point LifeInPierceCounty. I find that many entering into, and some who are already part of, elected office do not fully comprehend the differences between legislative, and executive powers. I believe our former council majority suffered from the same misconceptions.


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