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Is Tacoma mayoral runner-up Jim Merritt running for City Council?

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on March 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm with 2 Comments »
March 10, 2011 3:56 pm

No, he’s not.

The longtime architect and 2009 runner-up to Marilyn Strickland dropped by The News Tribune today to spread the word that he’s finally made a decision.

“Now’s not the time,” he told me. “I’m not going to run.”

But, Merritt added with a grin: “I’m not done.”

Merritt, who after losing a tight race to Strickland two years ago, had considered running for seats coming open on the City Council this year.  The council’s District 1 race — which already is drawing a crowd of candidates — seemed the likely option, as Merritt dominated votes in that district during the mayoral election.

But Merritt said after wrestling with a decision, he opted against a run.

“Out of respect to my friends and supporters who are wondering what I’m doing, I decided they needed an answer,” he said. “And all the rest (the other candidates), they don’t have to wonder.  I wish you all well.”

Merritt said the costs of his mayoral campaign — he infused $10,000 of his own money into the race —  may have played some factor in his decision. “But if I felt compelled to do it, I would do it at the drop of a hat,” he said.

During our talk,  Merritt also expressed some regret that, as a first time candidate, “I didn’t get my message out clearly enough.”

“I didn’t (run) to have a position,” he added. “I did this to transform the city in 2009. I still want to transform the city.”

Asked if he has his sights still set on the mayor’s office — and a potential rematch with Strickland in two years — Merritt smiled.

“What the future holds, we’ll see,” he said. “It’s a pretty open slate to me.”

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  1. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Had Merritt been elected as Mayor of Tacoma we wouldn’t be spending money on newsprint discussing Strickland’s ignorance in office!!!

  2. MrRobertHill says:

    If Mayor Strickland, then-councilmember, had given public notice that one of her campaign workers (and family members) had received a recent positive test for MRSA, we allllready would have had a “Mayor Merritt”.

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