Message from the Candidate
"I am very thankful to have the support of some incredible elected officials, local leaders, and organizations of diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and from all across Tacoma. I am running for a seat on the Parks Board of Commissioners because I feel it's important to have representation that speaks to the multifaceted identity of Tacoma. This diversity will ensure a more active community, a more well-rounded assessment of topics that are brought to the board, and more importantly a Metro Parks Tacoma organization that serves the needs of all residents. Join in with your endorsement if you'd like to see community voice and representation, partnership establishment and development, and a continued improvement of where we live."
Tacoma Council Member John Hines
Tacoma Council Member Kristina Walker
Pierce County Council Member and former Park Commissioner Ryan Mello
Tacoma School Board Member Korey Strozier
Park Commissioner Andrea Smith
Park Commissioner/Incumbent Jessie Baines
Leaders & Organizations
Pierce County Central Labor Council
Pierce County Young Democrats
LGBTQ Advocate Manny Santiago
Latinx Community Advocate Sara Irish
Blake Stagner, 2021 Park Commissioner Primary Candidate
Tacoma Education Association
27th Legislative District Democrats
Tacoma Action Collective *Recommendation*
South Sound Women's Leadership
More than anything, having the support of the Tacoma community is unmatched! I am thankful for meeting so many during this campaign and learning so much about the things folks want to see in their parks and services--everything from environmental concerns to safety and security.
A personal story I'd like to share that has truly humbled me greatly--There have been so many former students of mine that have texted or posted pictures of their primary ballots with a filled-in bubble next to my name. These pictures are often accompanied by remarks on previous interactions and the impact I've made on their journey to adulthood. It's one of the biggest honors as an educator to be part of someone's growth and development and I'm pleased that my workshops on civic engagement worked! On a related note, I came across a woman who pledged their support because their child remembered me from an AVID guest speaker day I had done a couple of years back. Not only was I pleased to see a parent engage their young one in the process of elections, but I was filled with joy to know that the young voices of Tacoma are helping influence decisions about things that will impact their future! It's important to listen to all voices and to be critical thought partners in the process!