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Tag: Tacoma City Council


Tacoma: Campbell officially announces bid for second term

Tacoma City Councilman Marty Campbell officially announced today he’ll seek a second-term for the council’s District 4 seat representing the East Side and parts of the South End.

Campbell, 42, a community activist and former owner of Stadium Video and Buzzards, won election to Council in 2009 by easily downing Roxanne Murphy, a former city employee.

Campbell filed his candidate’s registration for his re-election bid last month with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission, records show.  So far, he has reported no campaign contributions and no one has filed to challenge him.

Here’s Campbell’s press announcement:


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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: Campbell, Boe to head council’s economic development committee

In other Tacoma news today …

The city’s press office just churned out this news release:


Jan. 28, 2013

Gwen Schuler, Media and Communications, gschuler@cityoftacoma.org(253) 591-5160
Maria Lee, Media and Communications, maria.lee@cityoftacoma.org(253) 591-2054

Campbell and Boe appointed to head Economic Development Committee

Deputy Mayor Marty Campbell and Council Member David Boe have recently been appointed to serve as chairman and vice-chairman of the city’s Economic Development Committee, respectively. Combined, they have 40 years of experience as business owners.

“As members of this

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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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Tacoma: Talks to restore fire cuts fail, cutbacks to three stations move forward

More than a month of labor talks aiming to avert some budget cuts targeted for Tacoma’s Fire Department have failed, making divisive cutbacks approved for three city fire stations a reality.

“Unfortunately, no mutually agreeable solution came forth,” Tacoma Fire Chief Jim Duggan said Tuesday. “The talks are done.”

Top officials for Tacoma Fire Union Local 31 said Tuesday their union made two offers to the city to offset up to $1 million in approved cuts to city fire service.  But the city rejected each without explanation or a counter-offer, they said.

“They just told us no,” union president Ryan

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