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.
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.
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