On Friday, I shadowed Tacoma mayoral hopeful Jim Merritt for several hours during a typical campaign day, collecting string for an eventual profile I’ll do of the two candidates in the mayor’s race. I’m scheduled to tag along behind Marilyn Strickland later this week.
During one of Merritt’s stops on Friday, he met at the Mystic Mocha Cafe with one of his biggest supporters, Dome District construction firm owner, Keith Stone. Stone and Merritt had called the meeting to discuss Sound Transit’s D to M Street rail project with two structural engineers.
The reason? Merritt is forging ahead with getting an alternative “post & beam” design plan drafted of the project — even though Sound Transit has said it intends to use a different design plan that is now about 75 percent complete.
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