Tacoma Urbanist

Nov. 4, 2009 at 12:47am

Julie Anderson Elected To Pierce County Auditor Making Political Appointment To Council Imminent

Julie Anderson Wins!

First off, congratulations to the eminently qualified Julie Anderson for being elected to Pierce County Auditor.

Congratulations also to Marty Campbell, Victoria Woodards and Joe Lonergan for winning positions on Tacoma's City Council (and to Jake Fey for retaining his seat).

Because Julie had two more years left in her term, her position is now vacant and must soon be filled by the Tacoma City Council. If Marilyn Strickland wins her bid for Mayor of Tacoma, a second position will open up that will have to be filled by an appointment as well.
Thus, a very significant portion of Tacoma's city leadership may well be filled by appointees rather by elections.  (And once appointed, they will be difficult for opponents to defeat in the future by challengers)

You know my first choice for an appointment.

Who are your first and second choices (if there is a second) for appointments to the Tacoma City Council? Why should your choice be appointed? What are their qualifications?

IMO, the early this issue is vetted, the larger the pool and the better potential applicant(s) that could be selected.

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by KevinFreitas on 11/4/2009 @ 7:35am
David Boe would be a fantastic choice. Not sure who else I'd like to see pushing buttons with the council -- I think Marty (if elected) will shake things up a bit which is much needed. Morgan Alexander could be another good one. Hmm...

I'd love to know the process by which these appointments happen so we can truly insert ourselves into it.

by fredo on 11/4/2009 @ 7:58am
Boe, Morgan and yourself Kevin would all be good choices. Also from the FT ranks: seejane, maria, the urbanist.

by tacoma1 on 11/4/2009 @ 8:00am
I'd like to see someone on the council that could push forward some progressive transportation planning solutions for our community. I think it's time we at least start planning to connect our neighborhoods via streetcars and lightrail where it would be feasible, do the most good, and which mode is the most appropriate for the task at hand.

by Erik on 11/4/2009 @ 8:29am
I'd love to know the process by which these appointments happen so we can truly insert ourselves into it.

No doubt the unofficial process has started.

I believe the council has an application process of some sorts and then (some or all) of the candidates address the City Council.

The last person to be appointed I believe was Jonathan Phillips who served out a year on the council..

Vetting the top applicants online on Feed Tacoma could be of a great community benefit as the public is likely to know much less about them than the candidates who ran in the elections,

by dolly varden on 11/4/2009 @ 9:18am
I'd throw Roxanne Murphy's and Keven Rojecki's names out there too -- they're both quality candidates who lost to quality opponents.

by fredo on 11/4/2009 @ 9:29am
too bad people running for council don't inform the voters that they don't intend to serve the entire term. If we had known that Julie Anderson and Marilyn Strickland didn't intend to serve an entire term we could have selected their opponents in the first place.

by Erik on 11/4/2009 @ 10:12am
I'd throw Roxanne Murphy's and Keven Rojecki's names out there too -- they're both quality candidates who lost to quality opponents.

Good chance that at least one of these two will be in the pool.

Since Tacomans will not be able to vote on the list of applicants, perhaps we will have some sort of voting mechanism online to vote on them. It will be the only type of voting we will get for them.

by NSHDscott on 11/4/2009 @ 10:41am
What about Jim Merritt, if he doesn't win? I'm pretty bummed out about that one. I'd also support Rojecki.

As for Boe and other blog regulars, I'd want to see them show some interest before I get on board with them. Merritt and Rojecki have shown that interest so I'd look to them first.

by izenmania on 11/4/2009 @ 12:03pm
I am curious how the two-year appointments work with term limits. Does it count as a term, or do they get a chance at two full terms in addition?

by NineInchNachos on 11/4/2009 @ 12:16pm
after the majority of the council appeared on Strickland campaign material holding Strickland for Mayor signs, do you think it would be awkward for them to appoint ol' Jim Merritt?

by Keven Rojecki on 11/4/2009 @ 12:28pm
For those who supported me - Thank you! It has been a long few months and my loss in this race isn't all lost on my family, the community and the future. Victoria did a good job and I congratulate her on the success.

The term limit issue in the City Charter is actually written in years, 10 to be specific. So if someone is appointed to fill Julie's remaining 2 years, they can then run and be elected for 2 additional terms and be within the requirements.

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/4/2009 @ 4:44pm
City council being what it is, they'll likely do something to get revenge on those who voted for Merritt and him as well.
I would be completely unsurprised if the Fire Marshall and Building Inspector condemn his office next week.

And look for property tax hikes in the districts that favored Merritt.

I mean, look at the sh*t they're pulling now, it has to be payback for not removing term limits last year. No one council can be this incompotent, can they?