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Tacoma: Mello officially announces council bid

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on March 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm with 6 Comments »
March 30, 2011 5:26 pm

First-term Tacoma City Councilman Ryan Mello, appointed last year to serve the final two years of a vacant at-large seat, officially announced today he’s running for the seat’s next four-year term later this election year.

Mello (who already filed his state candidacy paperwork in January and has begun raising campaign funds) noted in this press release today that he’s garnered some key support in his election bid:

In building his support for the campaign, Mello has already secured endorsements from key local organizations such as the Tacoma-Pierce County Association of Realtors, Tacoma Firefighters, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers as well as several elected officials including Mayor Marilyn Strickland. Mello also has strong support from neighborhood and community leaders, environmental leaders, minority leaders, and the faith community.

In little more than a year on council, Mello, 32, is among a small faction of current members who consistently and publicly question (and occasionally disagree with) City Manager Eric Anderson about some of his budget actions and policy recommendations.

Mello cites as accomplishments “promoting economic development and creating local jobs, securing efficient transportation solutions, protecting our environment, and reinforcing the city’s basic services like park maintenance, street improvements and pothole repair.”

Other than Mello, no other candidate has filed for the city-wide Position 8 seat.  In Jan. 2010, the council appointed Mello, along with fellow council applicant David Boe, to fill two at-large four-year council seats vacated mid-term after sitting members won election to other public offices.  Boe is also seeking election for the at-large Position 7 seat he now holds.

Other council hopefuls who’ve formally filed state candidacy papers this year include Joseph Atkinson, Anders Ibsen and Karen Smitherman — all running for the Position 1 seat being vacated by term-limited Councilman Spiro Manthou; and Robert Jesse Hill, who has filed to challenge Boe for the Position 7 seat.

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  1. All the developers will support Mello and Boe after the vote for the City to lend $3 million to save the nearly-bankrupt Smelter Condos. People who support better streets, restoring the library, and limiting the $100,000+ salaries, are going to have to find a candidate.

  2. Ebjornson says:

    Mello has shown great leadership on the Tacoma City Council and worked hard to have the Sauro site be something other than a surface level parking lot.

  3. @Eric the blogger. Mello is a great representative of the new political class who left their hometowns, figured Tacoma was better, and suceeded. They include: Eric Anderson, Jule Anderson, David Boe, Marty Campbell, Thomas Dixon, the Ebersoles, Timmy Feral, Jake Fey, Felix Flannigan, Kevin Phelps, Dale Washam. They figure Tacoma voters are, as they say, “easy”.

  4. Ryan Mello is awesomely endorsed by the TACOMIC a nonpartisan and apolitical cartoon. He is the only sitting council-member who hasn’t been questioned on ethics, and he came out strongly against the racist Teahaddist Arizona laws written wholly by the for-profit private prison industry! Hopefully he will do the right thing and oppose the dastardly ClearChannel compromise and new billboard ordinance that was written completely by Clear Channel. BOYCOTT THE WEEKLY VOLCANO AND MIKE LONERGAN!

  5. intheblack says:

    It’s easy to cast stones.

    Isn’t it great that in America you have the freedom to leave your hometown if you want and live somewhere else?

    I have no problem with someone who wants to run for office in their own hometown if they are a thoughtful and good leader. Where are they? Why are these Tacomans not running for office?

  6. BigSwingingRichard says:

    No where in his reelection statement did he mention his support for illegal immigration, his sponsorship of a referendum criticizing the state of Arizona for their attempts at enforcing the law and protecting their own borders and citizens from crime and drug dealers.

    I wonder if this is why the police union has not endorsed him.

    He also fails to mention his support for spending a million of our taxpayers’s dollars on a pagoda, his support of illegal marijuana stores throughout our community, and the fact that he is a liberal in a conservative city.

    He fails to mention his support for and his responsibility for bringing numerous digital video billboards to our neighborhoods.

    Please, someone with brain, run against this fool.

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