Testimonials and Endorsements

Roy Holman

“The following opinion post is directed at my Facebook friends who reside in Orting proper. I invite others to move along as this probably won’t interest you. To my Orting friends, this post is a little lengthy but please read. 

I’ll start by saying that I normally stay far away from political posts on Facebook. In this case, I am breaking from my norm as I find myself passionate about the issue of the upcoming primary election for the Mayor of Orting. I am choosing my personal page to post because the community pages that I am heavily associated with are not intended for this type of opinion. I welcome you to read on.

Cutting directly to the chase, I am strongly in support of Ortings current mayor Joachim (Joe) Pestinger to be re-elected and here are a few reasons why. Let’s start with character. Recently my wife and I, along with a couple of neighbors, had the pleasure of Mayor Joe’s company for about an hour. He stopped by our home to deliver a couple of campaign signs that we had requested. Rather than dropping and leaving, he took the time (on a beautiful Sunday afternoon) to chat on the back patio. Of course, local issues were discussed but it was really just a nice visit with a nice man that has the highest of character. A man where you can look into his eyes and see the goodness within. An intelligent, well spoken, passionate and devoted man to his community. Easily the type of person you would welcome into your home and want to call your friend. I had already made my decision with my vote before Joe made his stop but my vote was cemented after that day. Character is huge with me and it is my opinion that he is on solid ground, especially in comparison with his main opponent in the mayoral race.

Let’s talk a little about Mayor Pestinger’s accomplishments. I’ll only name a few as the list is long and distinguished. Joe has served Orting as a council member, as Deputy Mayor of Orting and on the Executive Board of the Puget Sound Regional Council (involving four counties). He has served as Fire Commissioner of Orting Valley Fire and Rescue. And, of course, is currently serving as the Mayor of Orting. His past employment history is highlighted by serving as The Director of WSDOT Real Estate Services. He had this position for 10 years. His dealings on a local, county, state and regional level have developed relationships that are very important to a small city like Orting. One case in point: The Orville water line, serving Orting, was/is in a bad state of disrepair. This problem has lingered for roughly a decade before him with not much being done about it. With the problem finally being addressed by Joe and a key council member, the city was ready to begin bids for the replacement line easements on private property. A last-minute handwritten addition to the county permit would have required removal of the old line and would nearly double the cost of the project. This would have put the entire project in jeopardy. Through Mayor Pestingers connections he was able to meet with the Field Engineering Manager and convince him of the hardship that this new requirement would have on the city. They agreed to remove this requirement thus avoiding considerable delay to the project while saving our city 1.5 million dollars. HUGE to a city our size. This is just one example of the many capabilities that Mayor Joe possesses. 
Joachim Pestinger loves his community and his passion and devotion cannot be questioned. When you compare character and integrity with his main opponent in this race, there is no comparison. Joe wins hands down. Please consider Joe as your re-elected mayor of Orting. He has done a great job and certainly deserves another four years. My vote is in! If you care to share my opinion then I have marked this post public and you are welcome to share it. Thanks for taking the time.”



In a letter from Kenneth M. Towcimak, Chairman of AASHTO Highway Subcommittee on Right of Way and Utilities Joe is praised as “one of the most highly respected State Right of Way and Utility Directors in the nation”.

State Highway and Transportation

Click the image above to view the actual letter.

Highly Respected by Peers


Joe has taught classes for right of way professionals in more than 75 cities throughout the US and Canada. Here is what a couple of participants said after an advanced 5-day Property Appraisal class.

Student Letter 1 - Property Appraisal Class

Student Letter 2 - Property Appraisal Class

Student’s “Appraisal” of Joe’s Expertise


Testimonial of opposing attorney –

Spokane Attorney

Recommendation of Joe!

Endorsements for the ‘GO with JOE’ Mayor Pestinger re-election campaign:

Reelect Joe

Dave and Mary Inge; Beth Harman; Candice and Jason Webster; Clementina Perez; Madeline Jones; Robert and Sherri Jay “Weldin’ Eldon” and Doris Reed; Maurine Lewis; Darrel and Sharon Orgill; Gayla Hill; Marci Boulet Brian Graham; Sarah Heyter; Katrina and Keith Mang; Mary Hamlet; Tony Schneider; Leah and Chance Brimhall; Larry and Patty Villa; Dave and Sue Harman; Bob and Vivian Rogers Cheryle Temple and John Kelly; Josh and Brooklynn Cridlebaugh; Mindy, Ryan and Rachchael Brunson; Roxie and Timothy Malloy; Joe and Patty Glaser; Kevin and Trina Hamlet; Greg and Kira Bradshaw; Karen and Scott Swanson; Andrea Melot; Bo Asay; Jerad and Teresa Lewis; Jon and Rebecca Hicken; Madelynn, Kayla, Brian and Tiffany Welp; Timothy Raynon; Mike and Arlene Dannat; Steve DiJulio; “Town Greeter” Stefanie Clement; Charles and Ruth Clement; Rick and Amy Molen; Nicola McDonald; Kelly and Janette Brydson; Alan and Jeri Gamblin; Sue and Cal Kuhlman,; Gwenn and Howie Robson; Keven and Shiree Pine; Jared and Charity Swanson; Stan and Zelda Phillips; Marvin and Reta Cox;
Dennis and Dawn Paschke; Jeannie Pestinger; Barbara Ford; Bret and Kathy Colby; Beverly Emmons; Roy and Lisa Holman; Mark and Amanda Tyson; Denise and Mike Vogel; Jim and Mary Anne Bevard

Senator Randi Becker, Washington State 2nd Legislative District
Representative Joyce McDonald, Washington State 25th Legislative District

Pat McCarthy, former Pierce County Executive, now Washington State Auditor
Mark Lindquist, Prosecuting Attorney of Pierce County
Mike Lonergan, Pierce County Assessor – Treasurer
Brian Ziegler, recently retired Pierce County Public Works Director

Douglas Richardson, Chair, Pierce County Council
Dan Roach, Member, Pierce County Council and former State Representative
Jim McCune, Member, Pierce County Council, and former State Representative
Rick Talbert, Member, Pierce County Council
Amy Cruver, Council Member McCune’s Assistant

Pat Johnson, Mayor of Buckley and current President of the Washington Association of Cities
Milt Tremblay, Deputy Mayor of Buckley and Vice-Chair of the Pierce County Regional Council
Debra Perry, Mayor of Milton and President of the Association of Pierce County Cities and Towns
Neil Johnson, Mayor of Bonney Lake
Dave Enslow, Mayor of Sumner 
John Hopkins, Mayor of Puyallup 
Denise McCluskey, Councilmember, University Place 
Mike Schaub, Mayor of Eatonville
Wally Snover, Mayor of Carbonado
Ron Lucas, Mayor Steilacoom

Endorsements for the ‘GO with JOE’ Mayor Pestinger re-election campaign: