The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy on the passing of Booth Gardner, a former County Executive and Governor:
"It is with a heavy heart that we say good-bye to one of Pierce County's favorite sons. We have only had five elected executives in Pierce County, and Booth will always occupy an important place in our history. He faced an extraordinary task in setting up the new governance during tumultuous times in our community. Those skills served him and the citizens of Washington very well as he moved to the Governor's Office.
"My husband John and I knew Booth for about 30 years. He was a great mentor and advisor to many of our local leaders. Booth encouraged me to run for County Executive, and I will be forever grateful for his guidance. He will be missed. The entire Pierce County family offers its condolences to the Gardner family."
Hunter George, Communications director(253) firstname.lastname@example.org