Brown, Scene editor
'96 grew up in the Parkland/Spanaway area, then stayed local
and went to PLU.
he finds his current position representing the Parkland/Spanaway
area as District 3 Pierce County Councilman a perfect job
the neatest thing to directly represent the place I grew up-to
see the problems and work toward solutions," Wimsett said.
in politics blossomed when he was at PLU and started volunteering
for local political campaigns.
recommend volunteering for campaigns-not just people in history
or political science, but anyone in any major," Wimsett
said. "It gives you a great sense of the challenges in
the community. I've lived around this area for a long time,
but I learned a lot of new things by working in local politics."
Calvin Goings '95 helped persuade Wimsett not to wait to pursue
his interest in politics. While still at PLU, Wimsett ran for
and was elected fire commissioner, a position Goings held from
the age of 18 until 1997, when he became Washington's youngest
state senator. Goings received one of PLU's Outstanding Alumnus
Awards in 2000.
Wimsett worked as a high school history teacher until he was
elected to the Pierce County Council in 2000. Wimsett works
beside Goings, who now is the District 2 County Councilman.
He also volunteers with the Spanaway Lions Club, the Chamber
of Commerce and his church.
learned from my parents that the community you grow up in gives
you so much, that you have a responsibility to give back,"
Wimsett said. "There seemed to be this same expectation
of service at PLU-from friends like Calvin to the administration
to my teachers. They made you understand the rewards of community
about his favorite professors at PLU, Wimsett is reluctant to
narrow it down. He cites teachers like Wallace Spencer in political
science and Beth Kraig in history for not only teaching him
facts, but also helping inspire his interaction with the university
and the community.
was great being around them. They really encouraged students
to take the skills they learned, and go out and help people
in the community, " Wimsett said. "You just felt their
He now finds
that same relationship with PLU President Loren Anderson, with
whom he works on community issues.
Anderson, as well as PLU, don't just emphasize community service
with what they say, but they back it up with what they do."