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Pat McCarthy: County Executive, Pierce County

Pat McCarthy won a close race in the County Executive Race of 2008. She has performed very well on environmental issues and has initiated a sustainability program for county government which has reaped significant savings of county expenditures. She has and still does support a local sales tax increase of 0.3%, the only option currently available to fund Pierce Transit (PT). Pierce Transit has been forced to make significant cut-backs in service frequency and service areas. This increase is critically necessary for county residents to have a viable transit system to meet the needs of the so many who totally depend on public transit for transportation. She also works with all stakeholders to reach a consensus on issues. The Sierra Club has a good working with relationship with Pat and is proud to endorse her.