For many people, buying a home is the American Dream come true...so what would you do if criminals turned your dream into a nightmare by buying, selling and using illegal drugs right in front of your house? Erich Ebel speaks with a citizen who is facing that scenario and from Pierce County Councilmember Jim McCune.
Jim's human trafficking segment on Pierce County Talks
The International Labor Organization says there are nearly 21 million victims of human trafficking across the world. Nearly a quarter of the victims are children and over half are women and girls.
Washington State and Pierce County have joined the fight against human trafficking. We talk with Pierce County Council member Jim McCune and Chris Gilge from Washington Engage.
Council proclaims January 2015 as Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Members of the Pierce County Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution declaring January 2015 to be Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The statistics are staggering. We cannot call ourselves a civilized society with a straight face while this victimization is taking place in our own backyard. Until we all recognize what’s happening and try to get involved to stop it, these crimes will continue to grow unchecked. That’s why I’m thankful this resolution will help draw attention to the issue and hopefully lead to fewer victims and stiffer penalties.
About Jim McCune (District 3 Representative)
Jim McCune was elected to the Pierce County Council in November 2012. Council Member McCune represents the communities of:
Council Member McCune serves as the Chair of the Public Safety and Human Services Committee. He also serves as a member of the Community Development Committee, as well as the Economic and Infrastructure Development Committee. Council Member McCune also serves on several other committees and external boards.
PERSONAL & POLITICAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Council Member Jim McCune’s career began over 44 years ago as a provider of Copper River Salmon products in the private sector. Jim served on the board of Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation (PWSAC) for 12 years. PWSAC has 5 world class hatcheries in Alaska. These hatcheries are privately owned and operated, creating over 2,500 jobs directly and indirectly, contributing millions of dollars in the Pacific Northwest.
Councilman McCune discovered a desire for public service through his business associations and while taking private courses on early foundational American history and constitutional law. His passion for civics was inspired by the vision our founding fathers had for this country. They appealed to the Supreme Judge of the world for wisdom to design our constitutional republic; thereby, protecting our unalienable right to life, liberty and property. He emphasizes his hope that our courts will return to seeking original intent when deciding law. It is his utmost desire to uphold his oath to support and defend our state and federal constitutions.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord (Ps. 33:12)
CIVIC & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Graham Business Association, member
Eatonville Chamber of Commerce, member
Backcountry Horsemen of Washington, member
Sons of the American Legion, member
2nd and 29th District Republican Club, member
Active church member
Washington State Legislator, 2nd Leg. District
Assistant scout master, Boy Scouts of America
Kiwanis Club, member
Food bank volunteer
Junior high and high school basketball coach for over 10 years
Director, adult community outreach basketball program
Former foster parent
Cornerstone Award, Association of Washington Business
Guardian of Small Business Award, National Federation of Independent Business
100 percent voting record, Farm Bureau
Numerous basketball coaching awards