Meet Chris Nye, Candidate For University Place City Council

Nye is vying for Position 6 on the University Place City Council.

Chris Nye


Where do you work and what is your job title? President of MLS4owners.com


When and Where Were You Born? 1962 in Olean, NY.


Where do you live now and how long have you lived there? In University Place since 1996.


Spouse or domestic partner if any: Married since 1996 to Teresa Nye


Children: Two boys, Michael and Patrick


Education (include graduation date(s), if any):

Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) from Niagara University in Political Science and Criminal Justice (1985).  Internship with Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Washington D.C (1983).   Special Forces Qualification Course and US Army Ranger School (1987-89).


Military Service (include year(s) of discharge, if any):

 US Army, Captain (1985-92)

Special Forces commander (1990-92)


Memberships and affiliations with clubs and other organizations:

Director of Fircrest Golf Club.  Member of US Congressman Adam Smith’s Technology Advisory Board. State Director for Washington REALTORS®.  Member of Northwest Multiple Listing Service Bylaws Committee.  University Place Economic Development Commission and University Place Traffic Impact Fee Committee (appointed by City Council in 2011).  Youth Baseball Coach.  KP4kids fundraising golf events for youth charities.


Have you or a business you owned (or had principal interest in) ever filed bankruptcy? No


As an adult, have you been convicted or charged with a crime other than a minor traffic violation? No




Web site: Vote4Nye.com

Email address: vote4nye@gmail.com

Phone number: 253-380-4078

Campaign manager: Self

Campaign manager contact information: N/A




Elected: Elected by members of Fircrest Golf Club to its Board of Directors


Other campaigns for public office: None




What is the primary reason you are running for this office?

To help solve problems.


What will be your top three priorities if you get elected and why?

  1. Helping the City complete its Town Center
  2. Ensuring that the community is prepared for the 2015 US Open
  3. Public Safety
    All three of these things will help University Place enjoy a strong economic base.


What sets you apart from the other candidates and/or previous office holders?

I am a small business owner with 25 years of leadership experience.


How much money do you expect your campaign to spend on this election?

I’m grateful for the broad group of people and groups who have stepped forward to support my campaign, and I will spend the funds necessary to honor their endorsement.


Official endorsements:

The News Tribune publicly announced their endorsement on July 27th.  Other groups will announce their endorsements soon.

Christie Anderson July 31, 2011 at 11:15 PM
As far as endorsements from the Tribune, it's kind of like reading their movie reviews; if it's a good review most likely it's one to either avoid or just wait for it to come out on video...and if it's a bad review, it'll probably be great! So I guess what I'm saying is, I feel the Tribune's endorement doesn't carry any weight. :-)
Stephen August 07, 2011 at 09:05 AM
Though I agree with Chris Anderson's assessment of the TNT's endorsement, I was impressed with Chris Nye's interview before the council for the EDC and couldn't believe he wasn't selected for the EDC at that time. Although, given the makeup of the council, I guess it kind of makes sense.
James Rand August 16, 2011 at 01:30 AM
I saw Eric Choiniere waving a Chris Nye sign at the corner of 27th and Bridgeport today. A Choiniere endorsement spoils the deal for me. I think Ken Campbell is a vote for change and he will get mine.
Dr. Curt Oland August 16, 2011 at 09:16 PM
I wonder if Mr Nye is able to be elected, if Mr. Choiniere will give him lessons on how to sigh heavily and roll his eyes when someone has a point of view different then his.
Irene Potter August 17, 2011 at 05:39 PM
If Mr Nye is elected to this council seat in the fall, we will then have two Eric Choinieres on our city council, and Eric Choiniere will most probably be our next mayor! How do you think he will handle the fiscal problems that our city is facing in 2013? Irene Potter
James Rand August 17, 2011 at 09:19 PM
How far will we have to fall before the voters of UP recognize Choiniere and his ilk are resposible for our city's economic suicide? The primary victory for Nye tells me the people of UP are happy with the status quo and that makes me sick! There will be no hope for us unless we choose our leaders wisely.
Christie Anderson August 18, 2011 at 04:07 AM
"...and Eric Choiniere will most probably be our next mayor!" OH NO!.....that is definately NOT someone you want to see with a gavel in his hand!!
Ken August 18, 2011 at 06:12 PM
I've known Chris Nye for years, and I am surprised by some of the assumptions being expressed in blog comments. Those who know Chris best would likely be surprised as well. For those who have concerns about what Chris would do as a member of the city council, I encourage you to read his statements on his campaign website (www.Vote4Nye.com) or ask him directly at vote4nye@gmail.com .
Christie Anderson August 18, 2011 at 08:08 PM
I went to his website and wondered why eric choiniere's, debbie k's and caroline b's names aren't listed among his endorsements. especially when I know they support him (otherwise why have his campaigne sign in the yard?) I don't know Chris Nye, but I do know some of those who are strongly supporting him, and I would have to question why? Is it to continue the 4 vote majority that has landed us in such dire financial straights? I believe that to be true. So I guess you have to ask yourself when it comes time to vote.....do you want more of the same or do you want improvement? Maintaining the 4 vote majority block would not be in the citizen's best interests.
Brent Champaco September 07, 2011 at 07:46 PM
From Chris Nye: On September 7th, the Pierce County Deputy Sheriff's Guild announced its endorsement of Chris Nye for University Place City Council Position 6.
Jonathan October 20, 2011 at 09:14 AM
Chris Nye has received the endorsement of The News Tribune Editorial Board: "In the race for another open seat, Position 5, we endorsed Chris Nye, owner of a real estate marketing company, in the August primary. He was the top vote-getter, followed by Realtor Ken Campbell. Nye is an excellent candidate. The former Special Forces commander now serves on the city’s Economic Development Commission and its Traffic Impact Fee Committee. He again has our endorsement in the Nov. 8 general election." Read more: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/10/20/1872025/our-choices-for-university-place.html
Christie Anderson October 20, 2011 at 07:01 PM
I have said this before and I'll say it again: As far as endorsements from the Tribune, it's kind of like reading their movie reviews; if it's a good review most likely it's one to either avoid or just wait for it to come out on video...and if it's a bad review, it'll probably be great! So I guess what I'm saying is, an endorsement of the Tribune, while it seems somewhat desirable, isn't everything. Some who have received glowing endorsements from them failed to be re-elected while those they did not endorse did. So, it just goes to show you, opinions are like .... well, you know ;-)
James Rand October 20, 2011 at 09:13 PM
Nye, Bellici, and Smith equal more of the same. I don't think the city can take it The TNT likes to slam UP governance yet endorses the very candidates that will ensure more bad decisions.


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