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Tacoma: City Council candidate Lecy-Davis dumps local cartoonist from endorsement list

When does an endorser get un-endorsed?

Apparently, when he becomes too much of a rabble-rouser in a “clean” campaign for local public office.

That’s what happened Monday to irreverent Tacoma cartoonist R.R. Anderson.

Anderson, who’s known for his no-holds-barred satirical renderings of local politicians and Grit City scenesters, granted Tacoma City Council candidate Patricia Lecy-Davis permission to use his name on her list of local notables who support her bid for office against District 2 City Councilman Robert Thoms. 

Since mid-April, Anderson’s name had prominently adorned Lecy-Davis’s endorsement list on her campaign website.  

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Tacoma: Van Dyk challenges Lonergan for 5th District city council seat

A second candidate has emerged to challenge an incumbent in this year’s Tacoma City Council races.

Justin Van Dyk officially filed his candidate’s registration with the state on April 5, declaring his intent to run for the council’s District 5 seat representing south Tacoma now held by Joe Lonergan.  

Shortly after Van Dyk registered, Lonergan himself filed his own candidacy paperwork and today officially announced in a press release that he’s seeking re-election.

In a phone interview today, Van Dyk, 25, said he is

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Tacoma: City Councilman Robert Thoms’ lobbying firm obtains required business licenses following TNT’s report

Tacoma City Councilman Robert Thoms‘ home-based political consulting firm has obtained its city business license, according to records Thoms provided via email Friday to The News Tribune.

Thoms’ business partner, John Jolibois, filed the licensing paperwork for The Navigation Group with the city on Wednesday, after the newspaper reported the firm had yet to obtain the required annual license despite operating for at least a year.

The records show Jolibois paid the city’s $90 annual business license fee for both the years 2012 and 2013. The firm’s business license application also indicates The Navigation Group grosses less than $250,000

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Tacoma: He didn’t foresee potential conflicts, but new Councilman Thoms has twice voted on issues tied to current, past clients

As we reported today, new Tacoma City Councilman Robert Thoms has yet to obtain a city business license and other permits required for his private, home-based lobbying business.

Thoms, who opened The Navigation Group a year ago, said Monday he thought his business had filed all the necessary paperwork — a task he said he left up to his business partner, John Jolibois, to handle.

In a phone interview Tuesday, Jolibois said the firm hasn’t yet met all of its licensing requirements, in part because neither he nor Thoms have figured out where they will base their business

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Tacoma: Lecy-Davis announces bid for City Council’s District 2 seat

Downtown business owner and community activist Patricia Lecy-Davis announced Monday she intends to run for the Tacoma City Council’s District 2 Council seat.

“I’m running because I believe that our citizens deserve the most committed representation possible,” Lecy-Davis is quoted in a press announcement issued Monday. “I will work hard to meet and engage with the people across this district, and to bring a voice to their issues on the City Council.”

Lecy-Davis was among seven candidates to apply for the seat vacated Dec. 31 by Councilman-turned-state Rep. Jake Fey. During her appointment interview in January, she told council members

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Tacoma: Thoms files candidacy for City Council seat two days after appointment

Officially, Robert Thoms has only been a member of the Tacoma City Council for four days.

But already, Thoms has filed to retain his District 2 council seat when it comes up for election later this year.

Thoms formally filed a candidate registration with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission on Jan. 17 — two days after the City Council tapped him to fill the vacant council seat.

Thoms emerged as the designated appointee from a pool of seven candidates who applied to fill the non-partisan seat vacated by two-term Councilman Jake Fey. Fey left the seat Dec. 31

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Tacoma: City Council selects Robert Thoms to fill vacant District 2 seat

Robert Thoms, come on down. You’re the next member of the Tacoma City Council.

In a contest pitting seven applicants vying for the price of council admission, Tacoma’s eight sitting council members chose Thoms Tuesday to fill the vacant District 2 seat for the next year.

Thoms, a reservist Navy officer, former deputy state director for Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and a lobbyist who co-owns a consulting firm, unanimously won the appointment after council members voted down a motion to appoint activist Patricia Lecy-Davis.

Before the voting, the council roundly praised Thoms, contending he’ll bring needed experience on military

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Tacoma: City Council expected to name new member today

Tacoma’s City Council likely will name its next council member later today, after a round of public interviews and private discussions.

As we reported here, the council intends to interview each applicant for the job during a live broadcast on Tacoma TV 12 beginning at noon today. The council is expected to convene to an executive session to discuss the candidates’ qualifications, then select the new member during the Council’s regular meeting at 5 p.m.

Seven applicants have applied to fill the District 2 seat, vacated by seven year Councilman Jake Fey on Dec. 31. Fey left the council

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