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Tacoma: Diaz announces bid to unseat Lonergan in Tacoma’s 5th District

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on May 13, 2013 at 10:36 am with No Comments »
May 13, 2013 10:47 am

Yet another candidate has announced a bid to unseat incumbent Joe Lonergan in Tacoma’s Fifth Council District.

Olgy Diaz, an aide to Democratic state Rep. David Sawyer, announced today in a press release she will challenge Lonergan for the city seat representing south Tacoma.Olgy Diaz

“Government can only be as good as those we elect to serve,” Diaz is quoted as saying in the release. “I want to join the council to make sure they look out for us in the fifth district the way our neighbors look out for each other.”

Diaz, who is also volunteers on the City’s Human Rights Commission and is vice president of Pierce County Young Democrats, said in her announcement she already has lined up endorsements from former state Sen. Rosa Franklin, state Rep. Steve Kirby and Pierce County Councilwoman Connie Ladenburg.  

Diaz becomes the second challenger to announce a bid against Lonergan.  Former sales consultant Justin Van Dyk also is running.

Here’s the full press release of Diaz’s announcement:

 Olgy Diaz Announces Bid for Tacoma City Council

Diaz will run for Tacoma City Council, Position #5


Olgy Diaz announced today that she is running for the fifth district position of the Tacoma City Council. An active member of the Tacoma community, Diaz intends to bring needed leadership and passion to representing South Tacoma and the South End. Diaz pledges to focus on consistent street improvements, fostering a safe community and creating jobs in the South End.

 The fifth district seat is currently held by Joe Lonergan.

 “Government can only be as good as those we elect to serve,” Diaz said. “I want to join the council to make sure they look out for us in the fifth district the way our neighbors look out for each other.”

 A lifelong Pierce County resident, Diaz currently works as a legislative aide in the Washington State House of Representatives and serves as a commissioner on the City of Tacoma Human Rights Commission. She is also Vice President of the Pierce County Young Democrats and formerly served as a board member of the United Way’s Project U.

 In 2008, Diaz organized in Tacoma to help elect President Barack Obama and has worked on a number of local campaigns in the five years since. Her strong dedication to community activism stems from an upbringing that emphasized family and community above all else.

 Diaz is endorsed by trusted local leaders including Representatives Steve Kirby and David Sawyer, former State Senator Rosa Franklin and County Councilmember Connie Ladenburg. If elected, Diaz will prioritize keeping streets maintained, safe and walkable. Diaz also believes creating jobs in Tacoma goes beyond downtown. Tacoma works hard to attract businesses and help the economy thrive, and spreading the focus to include business districts in the South End is important to balanced city development.

 “Growing up, everyone did their fair share in my family,” Diaz said. “Tacoma is like a family. We cannot expect the entire city to grow without putting in improvements in every neighborhood.”

 Diaz is the daughter of Guatemalan immigrants and a first generation college graduate. She graduated from the University of Washington where she earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Women’s Studies and Latin American Studies. 

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