This is the seat being given up by Rep. Jeannie Darneille who is running for the state Senate. And until today we thought it would be a battle between Tacoma City Councilman Jake Fey and Tacoma architect Jim Merritt.
But second-term councilman Lauren Walker jumped into the race today.
“We’ve seen too many cuts to our K-12 schools, our universities, and our safety net while we’ve ignored tax breaks that have outlived their usefulness,” she said in a press release. “Frankly, it’s time for bold leadership and I’m excited to get down there and get it done.”
Fey lost the race for Pos. 1 against Laurie Jinkins two years ago and serves with Walker on the Tacoma council. Merritt lost the Tacoma mayor’s race in 2009. Darneille is giving up her House seat to seek the state Senate seat that will be open with the retirement of Sen. Debbie Regala.
Walker is the executive director of the Fair Housing Center of Washington, a job she’s held for 15 years. She is a northwest native and has lived in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood since 1990.
Here is the text of the release:
Tacoma-Tacoma City Council member Lauren Walker announced today she will run for the 27th Legislative District State Representative Position Two. This is the seat being vacated by State Representative Jeannie Darneille.
“We’ve seen too many cuts to our K-12 schools, our universities, and our safety net while we’ve ignored tax breaks that have outlived their usefulness. Frankly, it’s time for bold leadership and I’m excited to get down there and get it done,” said Lauren Walker.
Lauren serves on the Tacoma City Council and has worked the last fifteen years as the executive director of the Fair Housing Center of Washington. She worked fifteen years prior in providing services to seniors. Lauren has served on mediation, housing, and elder services boards of directors for over twenty-five years.
I believe I have the business experience to take on our toughest budget problems while understanding how to bring new jobs and new businesses to Tacoma and the state. I’m running because the 27th District needs someone who is approachable, cares about their concerns and has the passion to get things done,” added Walker.
Lauren Walker was born and raised in the northwest and has lived in the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma since 1990.