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Tag: Victoria Woodards


For Tacoma: Campbell, Lonergan, Woodards

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Tacoma voters could change the direction of city government this election, with a majority of the nine-member City Council potentially at stake.

Tacomans will elect a new mayor and three new council members next month to replace term-limited officials. With that many seats up for grabs, the next council is bound to look and act differently than its predecessor.

And should either Councilwoman Marilyn Strickland win her bid for mayor or Councilwoman Julie Anderson take Pierce County auditor, the new council would have to fill the vacancy. Up to six of the council’s nine seats could change hands.

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Homespun Woodards vs. high-powered Rojecki

Keven Rojecki’s campaign for Tacoma City Council is worthy of a congressional race: Very well-funded and professional in every respect. His opponent, Metro Parks Commissioner Victoria Woodards, looks thoroughly outmatched.

Rojecki has not been particularly visible in Tacoma, but he’s developed all kinds of connections on the state level as a lobbyist and leader of the Washington State Council of Firefighters. The governor has appointed him to the state Gambling Commission.

For a guy we haven’t seen much of, he’s got a stunning list of endorsements, including the blessing of state Democratic leaders, the Sierra Club and recently Congressman Adam Smith. (Gotta love that sleek Web site of his.) When we see a campaign like this, we tend to assume the candidate is ultimately gunning for a higher office.
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