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Tacoma City Council: Walker last incumbent to file for re-election

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on April 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
April 18, 2011 5:51 pm

Tacoma City Councilwoman Lauren Walker has registered as a candidate for this year’s election, becoming the last eligible council incumbent to formally file for re-election.

Walker, a first-term councilwoman who holds the Position 3 seat representing Central Tacoma, filed her candidate’s registration to the state’s Public Disclosure Commission on April 14. She has also set up a campaign website, though state campaign finance records show she has yet to raise any funds.

On her campaign website, Walker, who is now serving as the city’s deputy mayor, describes herself as a longtime housing and health care advocate who has “stood up to the big insurance companies.” The website adds:

As the Executive Director of the Fair Housing Center of Washington, Lauren has fought to ensure civil rights for people across our state. As the former President of the Hilltop Action Coalition, Lauren organized
neighbors, block by block, in collaboration with police and community leaders, to combat crime in the Hilltop community that she calls home. Lauren has a proven track record of strong fiscal and resource management; she is a skilled listener and mediator who understands how to build bridges and solve problems. Lauren Walker is the right choice for Tacoma City Council, District 3

Walker, a longtime Hilltop resident, easily defeated opponent Ronnie Allen Warren in 2007 during her first bid for the Position 3 seat, left open when incumbent Tom Stenger did not seek re-election. Walker won nearly 74 percent of the vote.

Walker becomes the last eligible incumbent to file her re-election candidacy, with appointed at-large Councilmembers David Boe and Ryan Mello already filing their candidacies earlier this year. Of the three incumbents seeking re-election, only Boe so far has drawn an opponent — perennial candidate Robert “The Traveller” Hill.

Spiro Manthou, the Position 1 incumbent, faces term-limits and can’t run again, leaving his seat up for grabs this fall. Three candidates already have filed to run for that seat: Joe Atkinson, Anders Ibsen and Karen Smitherman.

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