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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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Tacoma: Smitherman announces City Council bid

Tacoma Public Schools teacher Karen Smitherman is the latest candidate to formally announce she’s running for the Tacoma City Council Position 1 seat.

Smitherman, a 35-year teacher and longtime West End resident married to former state lawmaker Bill Smitherman, said in a press release issued today that if elected, she “will focus on collaboration and practical solutions.” The release added:

“I want to create an environment that listens to our constituents, increases local jobs, improves public safety, promotes transparency in government, improves transportation mobility, and creates effective policies that protect our environment.”

Smitherman, who filed candidacy paperwork in January, joins two other council hopefuls who’ve already formally declared they’re running for the nonpartisan Position 1 seat that represents Tacoma’s West End and the western half of its North End.

Anders Ibsen and Joe Atkinson have previously announced their candidacies.

The Position 1 seat is being vacated by two-term Councilman Spiro Manthou, who is term-limited from seeking re-election.

Smitherman plans to kick-off her campaign on May 16th at The Lobster Shop from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Here’s the full text of her formal campaign announcment released today:
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