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In Washington State, City Council candidate Jason “Dangercup” Coots is on the ballot for the special election February 13th in the City of Shelton. In addition to aspiring to become one of Shelton’s next City Councilmembers, Mr. “Dangercup” Coots, according to his Facebook account, also says that two of his “…favorite things are cocaine and half naked girls.” It remains to be seen whether the voters of Shelton share Mr. “Dangercup” Coots’ passions, but we will find out next month.
Mr. “Dangercup” Coot’s quixotic campaign for public office began last year. The City of Shelton was one of the last cities in Washington State that still had a traditional three commissioner form of government. Last November, city voters approved “Proposition 1” which changed the structure of the city government from three elected officials to seven. This means that in February, the new four elected positions are on the ballot, and the free-for-all scramble to fill the positions is happening next month.
All four positions are contested with at least three candidates running for each position. For position #4, Jason “Dangercup” Coots is facing two other challengers, which means this race will be a primary election and the top two vote getters move on to a general (final) election in April. Judging from the recent political scandals and drama in Shelton, this election is sure to be colorful and entertaining. Jason “Dangercup” Coots helps add additional drama to the local political scene, beyond the cool nickname. While “Dangercup” is prominently displayed in his campaign logo, sign, and website, he dropped it for his ballot listing, and is running for office under the more pedestrian name “Jason Coots,” which might confuse some people.
According to Jason’s Facebook page, despite living in Shelton, he considered moving to Miami a few years ago because his two favorite things were “cocaine and half naked women.” Additionally, when throwing parties in Shelton, he claims to have invited the state’s sex offenders to a party with “hookers, drugs, guns, live music, you name it.” If Mr. “Dangercup” Coots is successful in his effort to become Shelton’s newest councilmember, his extra curricular activities may ensure you will never look at Pineapple juice the same again. Mr Coots did not attempt to purge and scrub his Facebook account of any references to cocaine, drugs, sex offenders, hookers, half naked women, and other entertaining subjects, which allows them to be viewed by anyone with access to Facebook.
The City of Shelton has been rocked by scandals related to violations of the Open Public Meetings Act, some Public Records Act violations and some serious fiscal challenges, which led, in part, to the motivation of the voters to change the local form of government. This is a classic case of a local scandal producing real change. According to Mr. “Dangercup” Coot’s website, he was heavily involved in exposing these problems with the council, and he also filed a PDC complaint (linked here) against one of the incumbent council members.
We’re fans of local citizens getting involved in local politics. We also support local citizens exposing problems in local government. While “Dangercup” may not fit the mold of a typical political candidate, at least the voters of Shelton can’t claim their candidates were “all the same.” Mr. “Dangercup” Coot’s website carries the tagline “Everyone is a tough guy till it’s time to do tough guy stuff.” We will have to wait until February to see if the voters of Shelton believe Mr. “Dangercup” Coots is tough enough for the Shelton City Council.
(Please note, this article was changed after it was originally posted – the candidate, Mr. “Dangercup” Coots contacted the author and he has clarified that he did not scrub or erase anything from his Facebook pages, and it is all still there (he has multiple pages), also the original story erroneously identified 5 positions up for grabs, when there are actually 4)
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