The News Tribune editorial board made the right decision when it endorsed Karen Smitherman for Tacoma City Council Position 1 (editorial, 10-10).
Civically involved educators like Smitherman, who have broad and varied experiences in both in their classrooms and within their communities, are often untapped resources as they close out their teaching and administrative careers. For Smitherman, a position on the City Council is a very logical next step.
If Smitherman wins the position, as she should, her young opponent, Anders Ibsen, can look forward to eager future support from the same voters. He has made a very strong and positive impression on the District 1 voters he has doorbelled. If he loses this time, he should not be discouraged from future races. I believe he has a future as an elected official.