My name is Joachim (Joe) Pestinger and I have greatly enjoyed serving as your Mayor of Orting for the past 4 years! I have been an effective representative for our small town, and in the past have also served as a City Councilmember, Deputy Mayor, local Fire Commissioner, and was elected by the Pierce County Mayors to serve on the Executive Board of the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), the 4-county Metropolitan Planning Agency that distributes all Federal Transportation Funding.
As your Mayor, I have dedicated my time to solving the challenges Orting faces. At times, we need funding assistance from Pierce County, our State Legislature, and even the Federal Government. I have worked hard to develop solid, long-term relationships with other elected officials and various organizations which will help Orting get the grants and funding needed to ensure our projects are completed on-time and in-budget.
Our excellent relationship with governmental agencies helped us receive additional funding for our left-turn lane construction project downtown, and also for future planning of the Southwest Connector traffic mitigation project. I have collaborated with our State Legislators for funding of the pedestrian bridge across SR 162 which will help our children be safer, our cars move faster, and our air quality be better.
I have continued efforts to make emergency preparedness in Orting a priority as City government, Schools, Police, Fire, and citizens ALL work together to make us a stronger, more self-reliant community!
What a blessing it is for my wife Jeannie Pestinger and me to live in Orting! There are so many compassionate people who generously volunteer their time, talents, and resources to make this such a wonderful and caring community, and I look forward to serving as your Mayor for the next 4 years!
Thank you for your vote, and thank you for participating in our election process!