Derek Young was a four-term Gig Harbor City Councilmember, member of the Pierce County and Puget Sound Regional Councils, and Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners. He's seeking election for the District #7 seat on the Pierce County Council.
“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. 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.”
While on the City Council, Derek’s advocacy helped triple the size of the City’s parks and open space inventory and add miles of trails. “I’ll continue looking for ways to preserve our region’s natural beauty and expand recreation opportunities for our families.”
Derek grew up in Gig Harbor attending Peninsula schools and the University of Washington. He currently runs a small business and can be found in his spare time playing with his two nieces.
District #7 covers Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula, Ruston, and much of West and North Tacoma. Derek already has enthusiastic support on both sides of the bridge including endorsements from Congressman Derek Kilmer, Executive Pat McCarthy, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and majorities of both the Gig Harbor and Tacoma City Councils.