With over 27 years of military, municipal government, and planning experience, Payne understands the needs of Lacey and local citizens. Payne is a strong promoter of the development community being able to develop their property without arbitrary restriction. Payne championed Lacey’s lifting of the square footage moratorium, which directly led to keeping local employer Harbor Wholesale in the area, as well as the creation of over 600 new jobs.
Raymond Payne sees his desire to ensure all of Lacey’s citizens have an objective, non-partisan representative fighting every day on their behalf as motivations to run for office.
According to Payne, "Making Lacey the most business friendly mid-sized city in America is my top priority." He adds, "we need to remove any bureaucratic intrusions that limit business development and we need to be ever attractive to young, creative folks because we know if we can naturally attract them, employers will follow”
Payne has also spoken out on traffic congestion. According to Payne, “waiting 20 to 30 years to get more supply of road is not an acceptable solution to our problem.” Finally, Payne sees as heart breaking that children are purportedly being picked up out of the woods by a school bus to attend school in Lacey. “Not on my watch, says Payne”.
More information about Payne and his campaign can be found on his website, www.raymondpayne.com. This site includes biographical information about Raymond and a calendar of upcoming events, as well as position on many of the important issues affecting Lacey.