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Tacoma: Atkinson becomes 3rd candidate for District 1 City Council seat

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on March 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm with 5 Comments »
March 8, 2011 11:43 am

In what’s shaping up to be a crowded field, legislative aide Joseph Atkinson has become the latest candidate in the race vying for the open City Council seat to represent Tacoma’s first district.

(Two-term City Councilman Spiro Manthou who holds the Position 1 seat now is facing term limits and ineligible from seeking re-election. The nonpartisan Position 1 seat represents Tacoma’s West End and the western half of its North End.)

Atkinson, a legislative aide to Republican Washington State Rep. Katrina Asay of Milton, is a graduate of Tacoma Community College who later earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington-Tacoma.  He is also a licensed Realtor through Windermere, serves as the elected Secretary of the Ruston Point Defiance Business District and runs a local business with his wife.

Here’s part of what Atkinson says he’ll bring to the campaign, according to a press release issued March 4:

Joseph has lived in Tacoma for over 10 years, and plans on raising his two year old son in this community.  “I bought my first house in Tacoma in 2006.  My family and I have struggled through tough times, and we have seen firsthand the hardship this recession has taken on families and businesses.  Now is the time to set the foundation for positive, sustainable growth.  My dream is to see Tacoma evolve into a world class city by mixing the historic and modern, and focusing on projects that facilitate economic development.

Atkinson joins Anders Ibsen and Karen Smitherman among candidates who’ve so far formally filed for the seat.

Ibsen, a political activist, has essentially been campaigning for the council seat since early last year. Meanwhile,  Smitherman, a veteran Tacoma Public Schools teacher, quietly filed her candidacy on Jan. 3, records show.

Local architect Jim Merritt, who lost to Marilyn Strickland in Tacoma’s mayoral race in 2009, also has considered running for the Position 1 seat or an at-large council seat this year.  But Merritt has yet to officially file as a candidate, records show.

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  1. olympicmtn says:

    We do not need anymore REALTORS on the city council. We don’t need anymore realtors seeking tit for tat work only to pass on contracts to friends and family. The entire string of candidates have no real world experience and seem to be floated by higher ups wanting to get another piece of the pie.

    No realtors will get my 5 family members’ votes. And please stop calling my house telling us you are running. You’ve warn out your welcome.

  2. I pledge Anders Ibsen will get both barrels in support from the TACOMIC political cartoon. He is a REAL American.

  3. I think its refreshing to get young energetic people on the council that want to invest in our city. Sounds like Atkinson does have real world experience (not just a realtor, but works for the Legislature and owns a local small business) along with a feeling of social responsiblity for our community. I went to his web page and was impressed. New people and ideas are always welcome. Sounds like (olympicmtn) is tired also of the status Quo.

  4. MrRobertHill says:

    ONLY ONE OF THESE THREE PIERCE COUNTY DEMOCRATS NEEDS TO SIGN SENATE BILL 5955, to move it out of Ways and Means committee:
    —Kilmer (360) 786-7650
    —Conway (360) 786-7656
    —Kastama (360) 786-7648

    Will you call them, Mr. Atkinson?

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