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Tag: Anders Ibsen


Tacoma: Smitherman not yet conceding, but wishes Ibsen the best

District 1 City Council candidate Karen Smitherman just told me in a phone call that, though she’s not conceding, “I clearly know how these things end up, I guess.”

Down by some 400 votes and 6 percentage points to Anders Ibsen after Tuesday night’s ballot counts, the retired school teacher wished luck to her opponent.

“I only wish the best for Anders,” Smitherman said. “This is a great city, and future decisions for this council are going to be very difficult to make. They’re going to require some careful thought-processing.”

“I guess what I can say is that it was

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Elections: Ibsen, Smitherman headed toward November ballot in Tacoma City Council Dist. 1 race

With initial ballot counts posted in the race for Tacoma City Council Position 1 seat, Anders Ibsen and Karen Smitherman have comfortable leads and appear headed toward the general election ballot.

Ibsen, 25, the deputy director of operations for a Bellevue-based law firm, garnered the most votes with about 36 percent, according to early returns.

“We’re looking forward to working just as hard in the general to be a voice for neighborhoods,” Ibsen said in a telephone interview shortly after the results were posted.

Smitherman, 59, a retired Tacoma Public Schools employee, was running a close second at 34 percent.

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Ibsen running for Tacoma City Council

Young political activist Anders Ibsen confirmed today that he’s running in 2011 for the Tacoma City Council Position 1 seat now held by two-term Councilman Spiro Manthou.

Ibsen, 24, who as a 22-year-old senior at The Evergreen State College two years ago, became the youngest supervisor elected to the Pierce Conservation District, said he aims to bring fresh perspectives and young leadership to the council.

“I’m not so much running a campaign at this point as listening to people,” he said. “There’s a difference between campaigning and listening. What I’m really doing is engaging people. Asking them, What’s important to

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