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Lonergan running for assessor-treasurer

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on Feb. 29, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
February 29, 2012 6:16 pm

Former Tacoma City Councilman Mike Lonergan said today he is running for Pierce County assessor-treasurer, making him the fourth candidate for the office.

Lonergan cited his experience as director of the Tacoma Rescue Mission from 1993 to 2005 as qualifying him to be assessor-treasurer.

His competitors “haven’t managed an office of the size and scope of the assessor’s office,” Lonergan said. “I have,” he told The News Tribune.

“I think the public needs someone with a track record of leading people and developing teamwork to accomplish a mission,” Lonergan said.

Lonergan, 62, was a Tacoma City Council member from 2001-2009, when he stepped down due to term limits. He ran unsuccessfully for Pierce County executive in 2008.

Longergan is executive director of the nonprofit Youth Marine Foundation in Tacoma. He also hosts a morning talk radio show on KLAY 1180, called “The Lonergan Program.”

Other announced candidates for assessor-treasurer are:

– Former Tacoma City Councilman Spiro Manthou, who left office in December due to term limits.

– Pierce County Council member Tim Farrell.

– Corrigan Gommenginger, who works as director of finance for a Tacoma nonprofit community organization.

Incumbent Dale Washam has not formally announced whether he will seek reelection. Washam is the subject of several claims for damages seeking a total of $4 million and his office is under scrutiny by the U.S. Dept. of Justice.

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