July 1, 2018
Senator Jan Angel will not be running for re-election and will retire at the end of her term in January 2019.


February 1, 2018
The PSD board of directors will seek voter approval of a $220 million capital facilities bond.


January 1, 2018
152 ballots collected at the Gig Harbor Fire Station in Purdy were not included in the final tabulation.


December 1, 2017
The seven open seats on the Key Peninsula Community Council (KPC) were filled on Nov. 8.


October 1, 2017
“Gratitude fuels my decision to run for the school board,” said Noelle Balliett.


October 1, 2017
David Olson is seeking re-election to the Peninsula School District board of directors, representing District 5.


October 1, 2017
Peninsula School District board member Deborah Krishnadasan is seeking re-election in November.


October 1, 2017
Each of Washington’s 295 local school districts has its own elected board.


August 1, 2017
Advances on mental health and safety.


May 31, 2017
Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier cuts the ribbon to officially open the first office of the Key Peninsula Community Council May 9.


May 31, 2017
On May 16, the Pierce County Council passed Ordinance 2017-22 to combat public nuisance properties in unincorporated Pierce County.


April 29, 2017
KP projects in new budget.


April 1, 2017
Rep. Jesse Young (R-Gig Harbor) of the 26th Legislative District held his first 2017 town hall March 11 at the city council chambers in Gig Harbor.


March 31, 2017
The Key Peninsula Community Council (KPC) officially opened the doors of its new Key Center office in early March.


March 31, 2017
Budget proposal impacts on the KP.


March 31, 2017
Prison education saves money.


March 2, 2017
A new school funding idea from the Legislature.


March 1, 2017
Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene of an unarmed standoff in Longbranch on the morning of Jan. 25 to settle a dispute over private road use by Boehme and Sons Logging Co.


January 29, 2017
I am a member of the NRA, a member of the national organization APIII, a legal gun owner who practices regularly, a concealed pistol license holder and a strong advocate of the Second Amendment.


January 29, 2017
Washington state workers earning minimum wage got a raise to $11 an hour Jan. 1 after voters passed Initiative 1433 in November.


January 1, 2017
The Pierce County Council unanimously approved its 2017 budget Nov. 29, including money for more local law enforcement and crime prevention efforts and for Key Peninsula parks.


December 1, 2016
Now is the time.


December 1, 2016
A wise person told me that we vote our lifestyle. I'm not sharing how I voted, but I will tell you that education, compassion and children are at the forefront of my decisions.


December 1, 2016
In hopes of getting away from the drama of the presidential election, I switched to the CD that had been living in my car, unplayed for several years.


December 1, 2016
Elections go one way or another and those who backed the winning candidate often feel renewed confidence and a sense of power.


December 1, 2016
Pierce County Councilman Derek Young loves his job.


December 1, 2016
The Pierce County Council held its weekly meeting in the gym of the Key Peninsula Civic Center Nov. 1, 2016.


December 1, 2016
Don’t be so surprised.


December 1, 2016
Democracy first.


October 29, 2016
Pierce County Councilman Derek Young (D-7th) met with the Key Peninsula Advisory Commission Oct. 20 to discuss social and financial issues affecting KP residents.


October 29, 2016
Nine candidates running for county, state and national offices answered audience questions at a KP Civic Center forum on Oct. 4.


October 29, 2016
It's time to grow up, America.


October 29, 2016
Vote for a safer Washington.


October 29, 2016
We have a bit of an identity crisis in Pierce County with the upcoming election. People are confusing two Youngs: Jesse and Derek.


October 29, 2016
I have been a Republican all my life. I worked at a Reagan rally in Reno in the 1980s. My belief in the Republican Party is rooted in fiscal conservatism, personal responsibility and accountability, individual liberty and limited government.


October 29, 2016
I have followed Randy Spitzer's journey to become our 26th Legislative District representative with great admiration and respect.


October 29, 2016
Former state Sen. Bruce Dammeier (R) of Puyallup is in the race for Pierce County executive.


October 29, 2016
"I'd always been interested in government classes, civics," said Rick Talbert, candidate for Pierce County executive.


September 28, 2016
Gig Harbor resident and state Rep. Jesse Young (R-26th) is seeking re-election after serving his first full term in the state House of Representatives.


September 28, 2016
As the general election draws near, Gig Harbor resident Larry Seaquist is preparing his campaign for state representative for the 26th Legislative District, Position 1.


September 28, 2016
Two advisory votes will appear on the statewide general election ballot this fall allowing Washingtonians to express their support or opposition to revenue measures approved earlier this year by the Legislature.


September 28, 2016
Finally, a candidate for the rest of us!


September 28, 2016
Congressman Derek Kilmer’s interest in politics goes back to his teenage years growing up in Port Angeles in the 1980s, where he saw economic hardship in a community largely dependent upon the timber industry.


September 28, 2016
At the encouragement of friends and associates, political newcomer Todd Bloom of Tacoma is in his first-time bid to win a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 6th Congressional District.


September 28, 2016
It's about keeping, not making.


September 28, 2016
First principles.


September 5, 2016
“Entering politics was never on my list of things I needed to do,” said Randy Spitzer, the Democratic candidate running for state representative for the 26th Legislative District now held by incumbent Michelle Caldier (R).


September 2, 2016
March 15, 2016, was a great day for the toll payers using the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.


September 2, 2016
Michelle Caldier (R), just completing her first term as state representative for the 26th Legislative District, was first drawn to politics after she successfully got adult dental coverage reinstated for Medicaid patients in 2012.


September 2, 2016
Even before the final ballots were tallied, it was clear Key Peninsula voters turned out in sufficient numbers to overwhelmingly approve the four-year maintenance and operations levy for Key Peninsula Fire District 16 on the Aug. 2 ballot.


July 30, 2016
Approximately 95 persons attended a standing-room-only meeting of the Pierce County Firearms Advisory Commission in the Whitmore Room at the KP Civic Center July 18.


July 2, 2016
The Pierce County Council voted four-to-three along party lines June 14 to overturn Ordinance 2015-27s, which permitted sale of recreational marijuana in rural activity centers like Key Center.


July 2, 2016
Key Peninsula Fire District 16 will ask voters to approve renewal of a four-year Maintenance and Operations (M&O) levy in an election Aug. 2.


July 2, 2016
Elections belong to the people.


May 22, 2016
When the April 26 advisory vote results for Proposition 1 were tallied, it appeared that voters in unincorporated Pierce County had a change of heart and no longer approved of the sale or processing of recreational marijuana.


April 2, 2016
Content, context and correctness


March 20, 2016
With the exception of the Republican Party Precinct Caucus Feb. 20, March starts the lengthy process for each major party to choose one presidential party candidate to vie for the 45th U.S. presidential office this November.


February 26, 2016
Voters approved the Peninsula School District Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O) by 70 percent Feb. 9, replacing an existing maintenance and operations levy that expires later this year.


February 4, 2016
Transportation For America has selected Pierce County council member Derek Young to participate in the 2016 Transportation Leadership Academy.


February 3, 2016
Former Washington state Representative Larry Seaquist says he will run for the nonpartisan Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in 2016.


January 3, 2016
Because the state Legislature still has not fully funded education, as it is required by law to do, Key Peninsula voters will be asked on Feb. 9 to approve yet another school levy.


January 3, 2016
The Cat Tales 4H club may be one of the lesser-known youth groups of Key Peninsula groups, but they’re doing important work.


January 3, 2016
According to a Pierce County press release, on Dec. 15, the Pierce County Council repealed its de facto ban on marijuana production and sales in unincorporated areas.


December 3, 2015
Monday, Nov. 16, members of the incoming Peninsula School Board addressed the Key Peninsula Democrats Club during its meeting.


December 3, 2015
Elected officials representing the Key Peninsula came to the November Key Peninsula Community Council (KPC) meeting to talk about what they have been doing and to hear from residents.


December 3, 2015
The Key Peninsula Community Council (KPC) elected three new directors along with three incumbents at its meeting Nov. 11.


December 3, 2015
Key Peninsula has 10,890 registered voters, with 37 percent casting ballots.


November 2, 2015
There are two initiatives and four advisory issues on the Nov. 3 general election ballot for Washington state, but no elective offices.


November 2, 2015
Bruce Cook has only lived in Lakebay for three years, but he is already running for public office.


November 2, 2015
There is one referendum on the Nov. 3 general election ballot for Pierce County, along with elective office for candidates for the charter review commission, Port of Tacoma, Peninsula School District board of directors, fire commissioners and park commissioners.


October 5, 2015
School district personnel presented the reasons for renewing the maintenance and operations (M&O) levy that will expire in 2016 at a forum held at Key Peninsula Middle School on Sept. 22.


September 2, 2015
Monday, Aug. 17, at the Home fire station, the main speaker was Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist.


September 2, 2015
There are 454,124 registered voters in Pierce County, of which 21 percent cast votes in the 2015 primary election.


September 2, 2015
A small group of interested members of the public attended a community forum last month to see the proposed school budget for the coming year.


August 11, 2015
There are 454,124 registered voters in Pierce County, of which 21 percent cast votes in the 2015 primary election.


July 31, 2015
Jan Angel is not new to the political scene, but her path was indirect –– it started with banking, then passed through business and real estate on the way to her current role.


July 31, 2015
Important measures on Aug. 4 primary ballot.


July 31, 2015
August primary ballot.


June 28, 2015
Key Peninsula Democrats initiated a series of public meetings in February.


June 26, 2015
Jesse Young, appointed to replace Jan Angel when she moved from the state House to the state Senate in 2014, is new to the political scene.


May 28, 2015
The Fire District 16 Board of Commissioners has voted to put a multi-year lid-lift levy on the August ballot to increase the so-called “fire tax” from the current $1.34 to $1.50 per $1,000 of property value


May 28, 2015
The filing period ended on May 15 for candidates running for public office on the August primary and November general election ballots.


May 10, 2015
Prospective candidates for the August Primary and November General election in 2015 must file for the specific office during the week of May 11 through May 15.


May 8, 2015
The Key Peninsula Metropolitan Park District’s (Key Pen Parks) Board of Commissioners will have two open positions up for election in November 2015: seats 2 and 4.


May 5, 2015
Republican Michelle Caldier, elected in a rancorous campaign by a close margin to replace Larry Seaquist, is a political newcomer.


May 5, 2015
What is “literacy” and do our schools attain it?


March 30, 2015
As January came to an end, representatives of Communities In Schools of Washington gathered in our state capitol for the annual CISWA visit with members of the State Legislature.


March 30, 2015
In 2008, following a four-year process, a group of 15 Key Peninsula citizens completed a community plan, a document describing the Key Peninsula and providing a guide for future development


March 30, 2015
Derek Young, recently elected to the Pierce County Council by a razor-thin margin, did not come to politics with a long-range plan to do so.


March 30, 2015
The 26th Legislative District Democrats organized a meeting in February to encourage grassroots organization on the Key Peninsula.


February 17, 2015
After years of planning, members of the Pierce County Council voted 4-3 on Feb. 17 to proceed with a major consolidation of county services into a new General Services Building.


January 26, 2015
Members of the Pierce County Council's Community Development Committee have scheduled meetings to gather public input on changes to proposed shoreline development guidelines required by the state.


December 31, 2014
Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the nine-member Surface Water Management Advisory Board.


December 31, 2014
Derek Young is the new Pierce county councilmember for District 7, which includes the Key Peninsula, Gig Harbor Peninsula and the area just across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.


December 10, 2014
The vote count between Stan Flemming and Derek Young for county councilmember for District 7 is extremely close.


December 9, 2014
What to expect from Congress.


December 8, 2014
According to the redistricting plan presented to the Peninsula School Board on Nov. 13, there will be no impact on students residing on the Key Peninsula.


October 30, 2014
The Key Peninsula Community Council’s role is to provide a voice for the Key Peninsula’s nearly 19,000 citizens.


October 8, 2014
A look at the upcoming November ballot issues.


September 26, 2014
Candidates running for elective office in November will face off, argue their position, and answer questions from the voters on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Key Peninsula Civic Center in Vaughn from 7 to 9 p.m.


September 4, 2014
The final voting results for the 2014 Primary Election are listed here.


August 1, 2014
It’s election time again. The primary is Aug. 5.


May 29, 2014
The Pierce County Comprehensive Plan, the Key Peninsula Community Plan, and the Pierce County Shoreline Plan are being amended.


April 30, 2014
The schools levy and bond issues on the August ballot are a hot interest to many. Here is the latest information.


April 30, 2014
Your life and property are controlled by laws set in place by Pierce County government.


March 26, 2014
Open government or a secret society?


February 27, 2014
The exact wording and whether a schools levy or a bond measure (or both) will be on the August ballot is expected to be determined at the March 6 Peninsula School District board meeting.


February 1, 2014
State law requires that the State auditor’s office conduct an examination of the financial condition of all local governments at least once in every three years.


February 1, 2014
Key Peninsula residents are starting to show up en masse for school levy and redistricting presentations.


February 1, 2014
Pierce County councilmember Stan Flemming gave a “State of the County” report at the fire station in Key Center to a crowded room.


January 2, 2014
Voters shot down the Peninsula School District’s levy during November’s general election.


November 30, 2013
The Key Pen Parks levy received 53 percent of the votes cast, but fell short of the 60 percent required to pass.


November 30, 2013
In 2012, the Washington state Supreme Court, in its McCleary decision, found that the Washington state Legislature was failing in its “paramount duty.”


November 3, 2013
The Candidate Forum held at the Key Pen Civic Center on Oct. 8 drew a crowd.


September 27, 2013
A look at the upcoming November ballot issues.


September 23, 2013
Candidates running for elective office in November will face off, argue their position and answer questions from the voters on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Civic Center in Vaughn, from 7 to 9 pm.


August 29, 2013
For more than 10 years, the Key Peninsula Community Council (KPC) has worked to maintain and improve the quality of life on the Key Peninsula.


August 29, 2013
A capital projects levy will appear on the general election ballot in November.


August 29, 2013
2013 election – issues and candidates.


June 28, 2013
At its June 10 meeting, the KP Parks Commissioners voted unanimously to place an operations and maintenance levy on the general election ballot in November for residents of the Key Peninsula.


May 29, 2013
Key Pen Parks introduced a resolution for the November general election that would create an operations and maintenance levy for all KP landowners.


February 28, 2013
An introduction of duty from Sen. Schlicher.


February 13, 2013
An overflow crowd gathered at the KP Fire Department station to seek information from Pierce County Shoreline Regulation officials.


August 1, 2011
Flemming districted out, remains committed to KP.


January 1, 2011
Voters will be asked to vote on a $78 million bond for capital improvements that are part of a long-range plan.


December 1, 2010
The Key Peninsula Business Association honored the public service of Councilman Terry Lee at the Nov. 19 meeting.


September 1, 2010
Key Peninsula voters spoke loud and clear on the EMS levy ballot.


December 1, 2009
More voters cast their votes concerning the levy question for Fire District 16 than for any of the local commissioner contests.


October 1, 2009
For the fourth time in as many years, Fire District 16 will ask voters to approve a “lid lift proposition” on Nov. 2.


July 1, 2009
Nine Key Peninsula residents have filed for political offices for the November General Election.


April 1, 2009
About 50 Key Peninsula residents attended March 14 a Town Hall meeting at the civic center as State Senator Derek Kilmer (D-26) and Representative Larry Seaquist (D-26) discussed their legislative work and the proposed state budget cuts and heard community concerns.


March 1, 2009
Voters supported the Peninsula School District’s request for a replacement levy.


October 1, 2008
Questions put to the Washington State District 26 Candidates.


November 20, 2007
Voters will decide if Fire District 16 Commissioner Allen Yanity should be removed or stay in office.


May 1, 2007
Key Peninsula Metropolitan Park District commissioners have mentioned the need for more funding over the past year.


February 1, 2007
Derek Kilmer, seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, raised nearly half a million dollars to secure his Senate seat, a third of the average campaign funding for state legislative seats.


July 1, 2006
Fire District 16 will ask voters this fall to lift a 1 percent levy increase cap, which would allow the district to fire as many as 10 new personnel.


March 1, 2006
As Terry Lee tells the Key Peninsula News he plans to announce in a few weeks his bid for reelection, the KPNews went out into the community to find out his impact on the local area.


July 1, 2005
Seven director positions, from all districts, are up for elections in September; candidates are being sought.


December 1, 2004
With the Peninsula School District’s three-year maintenance and operations levy expiring in the spring of 2005, the school board is set to adopt a resolution at its December meeting to ask voters in February to approve a new levy.


October 1, 2004
As part of our paper’s effort to provide our readers with information they need to make informed decisions, KP News wrote to the candidates for the 26th Legislative District and asked them to address issues that pertained to the Key Peninsula.


July 1, 2004
Voters selected 14 local residents to be part of the new Community Council. Residents are also asked to complete a comprehensive needs survey that will determine priority issues for the council.


June 1, 2004
Community Council election: candidate bios


June 1, 2004
After a year-and-a-half of efforts to create the Key Peninsula Community Council, residents will get to vote in the council’s first election in June. Read about polling locations, voting procedures, and candidate bios.


June 1, 2004
More than 60 percent of voters said “yes” to the creation of a KP Metropolitan Park District at the May special election.


May 1, 2004
As the elections are approaching for the Key Peninsula Community Council in June, the interim board of directors is asking candidates interested in being elected to the board to nominate themselves by May 31.


April 1, 2004
How far could $100,000 be stretched?


April 1, 2004
If approved by the voters in May, a metropolitan parks board would have the power to raise taxes and issue limited bonds without taxpayer approval. If not approved, current commissioners say they may close the parks. The Key Peninsula News takes an in-depth look at what a metro park district could entail.