Mayor John Hopkins (District 1)

Mayor Hopkins was elected to fill a vacated council seat in November 2011. In 2013 he successfully ran for re-election to continue to represent constituents of District 1, and in January of 2016 was selected to serve as Mayor for 2016 and 2017. His term runs through December 2017.

Prior Service

John has served the community as a member of the board of directors of the Puyallup Main Street Association since 1995 and is a past board president. He has also been a member of the Community Requests Committee and a past chair of the Pierce County Landmarks Commission. He has restored five historic Puyallup buildings, three of which are now listed on the historic register.


John has lived in Puyallup since 1987 when he, his wife and their 3 young children moved to Washington from Alaska. All 3 of his children still live locally.

Career Experience

After graduating from London University with a degree in math and physics, John went on to obtain a teacher’s certification from Brunel University. This was followed by electrical apprenticeship school and his earning the equivalent of a master’s license in two states. John has been an electrician foreman, a business manager for local 1547, and an electrical instructor. He owned and operated Diamond Electric from 1988 until 2005, after which he became semi-retired. In addition to managing various properties, he now enjoys his hobbies of traveling, trekking and climbing.

Community Participation

In order to stay informed and to serve the community, John attends numerous meetings and events. He successfully completed the Association of Washington Cities' Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership training program and currently serves on the following boards and committees:
  • Ad-hoc committee to recommend board and commission appointments
  • Flood Hazard Advisory Committee
  • Pierce County Regional Council
John has been involved in the local political arena for many years. He strongly believes in putting citizens first, in working together with his fellow Council members for positive outcomes, in making common-sense decisions and increasing efficiencies wherever possible.