Mayor Robert Shaw
I was appointed Mayor in May of 2017, however I have been on the city council since September of 2007. I moved to Rainier in 2006 and have 3 kids that have attended Rainier Schools. I have enjoyed my time on the council and now as mayor and look forward to continuing to represent the City of Rainier.
I was born in Newton MA. I started working as a manager in retail when I was 18 years old. In 1988 I moved to Rainier and worked at the Rainier Market until 2001. While there I got to know many of the wonderful people living in Rainier. After I left the market I worked for Big Lots, as the manager in their Olympia store, until I retired. My hobbies are woodworking, gardening and community service.
My wife, Linda, and I each brought four children into our marriage. Together we are actively working in our community to make it a safer and better place for children to live. I urge all citizens to get involved and be part of our great city. Join us. Make a difference in our community. All you have to do is participate and join in the fun.
I was appointed to council in June 2017 and look forward to this opportunity to represent our city.
Tom Arnbrister started his council career on January 1, 2014. Tom was born and raised in Washington State and has always lived in a rural community. Tom and his wife of 24 years moved to Rainier in 2008, but have been acquainted with the City for many years due to family and friends in the area.
Tom’s career over the past 25 years has allowed him to be involved politically and on a consulting basis enabled him to work hand-in-hand with many small communities to assist in growth and sustainability.
Tom’s goals are to be a part of a team that is focused on growth and sustainability within this community and at the same time insure that all the citizens of the City of Rainier will receive the best representation for the well-being of our community.
Jonathan Stephenson joined the City Council in January of 2016. After graduating from Puyallup High School in 1997 he completed an Associate’s degree at Tacoma Community College. He then served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Barcelona, Spain. Upon his return from his mission he attended and graduated with a Bachelor in Political Economy from University of Washington-Tacoma. He enlisted in the US Army Reserves in 2004 which has allowed him to travel all over the world for training including Germany, Thailand, and Korea. In his professional life he is a Business Analyst working for a company that has allowed him to work on the Child Welfare computer system in Washington State, Oregon, and Alaska.
Jonathan and his wife Rachele have been married for 8 years and have 4 children who attend Rainier Public Schools. After moving back from Oregon in 2014 they settled into Rainier. The family enjoys volunteering in the community with Rainier Community Cares and spending time as a family. Some of Jonathans hobbies include reading, running, basketball, football, playing the trumpet, and being active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts until graduating from high school in 1985, I enlisted in the United States Navy where I served proudly until my retirement in 2006. In 1989 I received orders to a minesweeper home ported in Seattle and I knew that I would retire in Washington. I have lived here for 21 years now, after getting married and having our son, Tracy and I decided it would be best to move from Puyallup to be closer to family and to ease our commuting time. I have grown to love the peacefulness of living in a small town.
I am excited about this opportunity to serve the citizens of Rainer!
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