Tenino City Coun­cil ap­points new mem­ber

The Olympian - - Local - BY WILL RU­BIN The Chron­i­cle, Cen­tralia

The Tenino City Coun­cil has ac­cepted the nom­i­na­tion of Rachel David­son to fill the va­cant po­si­tion on the coun­cil. She was sworn in Tues­day.

David­son ap­plied for the po­si­tion va­cated by Su­san Copeland when Copeland re­signed in De­cem­ber to fo­cus on her ca­reer. David­son will serve out the re­main­der of Copeland’s term set to ex­pire at the end of the year, but hopes to re­main on the coun­cil for years to come.

“I do plan to run for a full term,” David­son said. “I have a lot to learn in this time, so that will be good. I'll get all the bumps smoothed out so that when (the seat) does come up for elec­tion and I run for it, I can knock it out of the park.”

Tenino Mayor Wayne Fournier chose David­son from a pool of ap­pli­cants and made the nom­i­na­tion to the coun­cil. Coun­cilors had the op­por­tu­nity to vote in fa­vor of ap­point­ing David­son, re­ject her ap­pli­ca­tion or ta­ble the item un­til the next meet­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to her ap­pli­ca­tion ma­te­ri­als, David­son grad­u­ated from Tenino High School in 2003. She worked for the state Depart­ment of Fish and Wildlife from 2005-2014, when she chose to be­come a stay-at-home mother for her three chil­dren. She and her hus­band own and op­er­ate Point Blank Tar­gets, which man­u­fac­tures rub­ber tar­gets for shoot­ing prac­tice.

She started a drive to raise money for the Lit­tle Red School­house, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides school sup­plies for un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren. Fournier ap­pointed David­son as the coun­cil’s li­ai­son to the school district be­cause of her in­volve­ment with lo­cal schools.

“The schools are al­ways my main fo­cus, be­cause I have three chil­dren en­rolled in the district,” David­son said. “I’m re­ally ex­cited to work with the su­per­in­ten­dent and the teach­ers. I have a pas­sion for this town and want to get my hands in ev­ery­thing, so as soon as I start get­ting the process down, I def­i­nitely want to start div­ing into the more com­plex is­sues.”

‘‘ I DO PLAN TO RUN FOR A FULL TERM. Rachel David­son

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