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Former Gig Harbor councilman seeking seat on Pierce County Council

Derek Young, a former four-term Gig Harbor City Council member, has announced his candidacy for the District 7 seat on the Pierce County Council in 2014. Young, whose 16-year City Council tenure ended Dec. 31, is also a member of the Pierce County Regional Council, Puget Sound Regional Council and Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners.

“In my 16 years on the City Council, I’ve supported policy changes to strengthen our local economy, help cities and the county plan for growth, and protect our natural environment,” Young said in announcing his candidacy. “I’m running because I want those same positive results for our whole region. Pierce County needs to improve long-term planning to promote local economic development, stabilize the budget, make our community safer, and provide adequate transportation options for our citizens.”

PenMet Parks executive director Terry Lee, a former County Council member, also has filed to run for the seat, which has a four-year term. Stan Flemming is the first-term incumbent in District 7, which covers Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula, Ruston and much of West and North Tacoma.

While on the City Council, Young’s advocacy helped triple the size of the city’s parks and open space inventory and add miles of trails.

Young already has received endorsements from Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy and council members Connie Ladenburg and Rick Talbert, along with several state legislators and city officials in Gig Harbor and Tacoma.

A small business owner, Young grew up in Gig Harbor and attended the University of Washington.

For more information or to contact Young, call (253) 225-5878 or visit the campaign website www.DerekMYoung.com.

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