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Meet Steve Smith, Candidate For University Place City Council

He is running for Position 2 against Kent Keel.

Stephen Lawrence Smith


Where do you work and what is your job title?

University of Puget Sound, Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

 

 When and Where Were You Born?

1959, Portland, OR

 

Where do you live now and  how long have you lived there? 

In University Place for 15 years

 

Spouse or domestic partner if any:

Partner        

 

Children:

3 sons

 

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

Bachelors of Arts, 1981; Masters of Arts, 1988; both at Pacific Lutheran University 

Management Development Program Certificate, 1997, Harvard University.

 

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

 

Memberships and affiliations with clubs and other organizations:

Past President and current member - Rotary Club of Tacoma #8, Board Member – Pierce County AIDS Foundation, Council Member – Urban Grace Church, American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow Class XIII, Co-Chaired the Pierce County Libraries University Place Library Capital Campaign, Past President-City Club of Tacoma Past Board Chair – Franciscan Health System Foundation, Past Board member of the Werlin Reading Program and MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement)

 

Have you or a business you owned (or had principal interest in) ever filed bankruptcy?

Yes

 

As an adult, have you been convicted or charged with a crime other than a minor traffic violation? 

No

 

CAMPAIGN INFORMATION:

Web site: steveforup.com

Email address: steveforUP2@aol.com

Phone number: 253-219-0042

Campaign manager: Myself

Campaign manager contact information:

 

PREVIOUS ELECTED OFFICE(S):

Elected: None

 

Other campaigns for public office: None

 

THIS CAMPAIGN:

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

Working on the University Place Library campaign, hundreds of residents contributed donations, and over 4500 attended the grand opening. This was a significant demonstration of the pride people have in our city and their appreciation for a central community gathering place. I want to build upon this community success as we proceed with the Town Center.

 

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

  1. Continuation of key city services; public safety, public works, economic development, parks.  These are essential services that require both short and long term attention by the council.
  2. Completion of the Town Center in a timely manner, but with strong quality control. 
  3. Being ready for the U.S. Open and creating programming that allows all residents to participate in the festivities of this milestone event.

 

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

I have a collaborative leadership style and am a very positive person.  The council will benefit from this type of leadership as it works together to quickly address the issues and opportunities of the Town Center and the U.S. Open.

 

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

I am working to keep expenses at a minimum, but it will cost around $15,000.

 

 

 

Official endorsements:

Pierce County Young Democrats

 

 

Christie Anderson August 03, 2011 at 06:17 PM
"What will be your top three priorities if you get elected and why? 1.Continuation of key city services; public safety, public works, economic development, parks. These are essential services that require both short and long term attention by the council. 2.Completion of the Town Center in a timely manner, but with strong quality control. 3.Being ready for the U.S. Open and creating programming that allows all residents to participate in the festivities of this milestone event." Sounds like the usual council majority rhetoric!
Morry Stafford October 18, 2011 at 09:18 PM
We are fortunate to have such a group of caring and concerned candidates this year. After hearing Steve Smith twice, in local Candidate forums, he has impressed me as a person who will spend the time to hear all sides, do the homework, and make logical decisions, and represent all of us without bending to the will of special interests who fund candidates in University Place council races.
Christie Anderson October 19, 2011 at 01:58 AM
"...without bending to the will of special interests who fund candidates in University Place council races." What special interests are you referring to? Are you referring to constituents who are against the irresponsible choices of the council majority? Or are you referring to special interests who are about tearing down buildings in parks and trying to rezone places in the city that are in front of their houses?
Jonathan October 20, 2011 at 09:11 AM
Steve Smith has received the endorsement of The News Tribune Editorial Board: "The race for the open Position 2 seat is a tough call between college administrator Steve Smith and 10-year school board member Kent Keel, who happens also to be black. Although either man would have a positive impact, we think Smith is the stronger candidate. Smith co-chaired the successful capital campaign for the new University Place Library and has served as president or chair of such organizations as Rotary, City Club of Tacoma and the Franciscan Health System Foundation." Read more: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/10/20/1872025/our-choices-for-university-place.html
Christie Anderson October 20, 2011 at 07:02 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 ;-)

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