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Tacoma: City Council races set as filing week ends

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on May 18, 2013 at 12:28 am | No Comments »
May 18, 2013 12:28 am

In Tacoma, few surprises and little activity emerged as the candidate registration filing period came to a close on Friday. In all, five seats on the city’s non-partisan council are up for election this year.

Olgy Diaz, a legislative aide to state. Rep. David Sawyer, D-29, formally challenged incumbent Councilman Joe Lonergan for the 5th District seat representing south Tacoma. Meantime, Justin Van Dyk, a former sales consultant who previously had announced intentions to oppose Lonergan, did not file as a candidate.

In Tacoma’s 2nd District – a horseshoe-shaped area that stretches around Commencement Bay from Northeast Tacoma to Old Town – incumbent council appointee Robert Thoms will face downtown activist Patricia Lecy-Davis as expected.

The only other contested race in Tacoma involves the at-large seat held by Victoria Woodards. Robert “the Traveller” Hill, an oddball activist and regular candidate with a long criminal rap sheet, filed to challenge her.

Incumbent Mayor Marilyn Strickland and District 4 Councilman Marty Campbell won’t face opposition to their re-election bids.

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