By Jesse Major
Council member Randy Hynek announced Monday – April Fools’ Day – that he is running for Mayor of Sumner.
In the beginning, the announcement was in honor of the pseudo-holiday.
“I did announce that I was going to run for Mayor as an April Fools’ Day joke initially, and to make people get on their toes and think twice about who can run,” Hynek said. “I’ve had folks to tell me to run.”
Since his initial joke, Hynek decided he will run for Mayor to ensure that Mayor Dave Enslow doesn’t run unopposed. If someone Hynek feels is qualified to run the city runs for mayor, then he will step down, Hynek said.
Hynek has been on the Sumner city council for the last eight years. He was encouraged to run for city council after his efforts in helping form the Sumner Neighborhood Association.
The association acts as a watchdog group to prevent the city from quietly passing big decisions.
“I see often that the average person doesn’t have a voice,” Hynek said. “I’ll speak up for anyone.”
After his help in the association, Hynek was asked to run for city council by many people, he said.
Hynek spent his first two years on the city council educating himself, he said. He earned a certificate of municipal leadership from the Association of Washington Cities.
“I’m the only one on the Council that has it,” he said.
Hynek then began submitting ideas that he didn’t think people would have a problem with. An Idea he thought would “help as many people as possible,” was a community garden.
“We’ve got dirt,” Hynek said. They didn’t need much more to start the garden.
Since the garden’s startup, Hynek said it has become very successful.
“We offer the most gardening space for the least money,” Hynek said. “Per Capita, we delivered more veggies to the food bank, and have more land than gardens.”
The garden is also largely self-sufficient.
Hynek likes the community aspect of the garden as well. People of all segments of society enjoy gardening, he said.
“It’s kind of like squishing the city of Sumner down,” Hynek said. “You get to know people you normally wouldn’t.”