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Jan. 14, 2013 at 8:21am

District 2 City Council Applicant Q&A


Though somewhat last minute, this weekend I dug through the internets to find emails for all seven District 2 Tacoma City Council applicants and sent out a set of four questions to each. The following are the responses received thus far but I'll update this if more come in. The decision is made tomorrow so email your Tacoma city council today with your opinion to help guide their decision.

Plus, if you're an applicant who didn't see my email and/or Facebook message, send your response to kfreitas@feedtacoma.com and I'll get it up live straight away.


What qualities/experience do you feel qualify you to represent District 2?

Monica Alexander

Philip Cowan

Carolyn Edmonds

Jon Higley
My life experiences have varied over my 59 years. I grew up in a low-income family as the youngest of four boys. I’ve been blessed to be the only one to have achieved a masters degree. As a veteran, I can easily relate to the military contingency within our community. Qualities include discipline, focus, & tenacity. As a parent of two daughters, I can easily relate to the difficulty of raising a family in today’s economy. Qualities include understanding, patience, & common sense. As a teacher, I identify with the need to provide quality educational experiences for the youth in our community.

Qualities include, organization, planning, & diversity. As someone who’s lived in NE Tacoma for over 27 years, my experience has provided me insight into the many complexities & challenges facing our community. Qualities include leadership, vision, & collaboration. I welcome the opportunity to serve my community if I am appointed to fill this vacancy.
Patricia Lecy-Davis
I believe that my strongest qualification to represent District 2 is my ability to empower and build authentic, interactive connections with community members. Considering the diversity of this district and the complexity of its needs, it will be critical for the next council member to find ways to unite various groups and stakeholders to build consensus and cooperation around a shared vision for Tacoma.  I have deep roots in the community with my involvement in business advocacy, arts development, and citizen activism that make me a strong candidate for this position.
Robert Thoms


What are the top 3 challenges you see that face District 2?

Monica Alexander

Philip Cowan

Carolyn Edmonds

Jon Higley
1. Prioritizing & managing the community's obligations under the City Charter in a responsible manner with the community’s needs.

2. Providing adequate public safety services.

3. Fostering a "business friendly" atmosphere while generating sufficient revenue to support public services.
Patricia Lecy-Davis
1. Greater need for strategic economic development.  District 2 contains the economic engines of Tacoma with our industrial areas in the Port, large and mid-sized business, retail and service sectors downtown, small independently owned shops of all types in our neighborhood business districts and a promising waterfront.  We need to make sure that we are attracting new business in all of these sectors, as well as connect them to each other for a stronger local economy. We absolutely need to make sure that we have tax code that works to fulfill our economic development goals. With my experience as an advocate for the business community, I understand what it will take to bring exciting sustainable new jobs to District 2 and Tacoma.

2. Ensuring public safety.  Our fire and police departments are doing exceptional work on an incredibly tight budget.  With the recent round of cuts, we are asking them to do even more with less, but we can t risk putting our citizens in danger.  We need to find creative ways to help fill gaps in service and ensure that new revenue is dedicated to giving public safety officials the tools that they need to succeed. We must also continue to invest in programs that have a proven track record of providing services that reduce the calls for service of our first responders.

3. Building livable, connected communities.  The geographical and political barriers in the district and the lack of equitable attention received by Northeast Tacoma from local government create the need for greater cooperation and connectivity between our neighborhoods.  My community involvement is based around the idea of fostering a shared vision and synthesizing efforts for mutual benefit.  We need great schools, safe communities, and good jobs, which all support the idea of strategic economic development. We also need to effectively connect all of our communities with a sound transportation plan. This includes bus service, bicycle, pedestrian, thoughtful expansion of Link Light Rail, and ADA improvements.
Robert Thoms


What are the top 3 assets/successes you see as a part of District 2?

Monica Alexander

Philip Cowan

Carolyn Edmonds

Jon Higley
1. The Port of Tacoma

2. U.W. Tacoma & U.P.S.

3. Stadium Dist. & Old Town businesses
Patricia Lecy-Davis
1. The passion and hard work of our people.  The commitment to our world-class arts institutions and museums, such as the Museum of Glass and LeMay Museums, bring people from all over to visit Tacoma. District 2 has a vibrant culture filled with great people.

2. Commencement Bay, which offers both the economic engine of industry, and the beautiful parks, great residences, and bumping places that make Tacoma a wonderful place to live. The character of our neighborhoods and the views from each side of the bay are stunning and unique to our region, just as the historic homes, buildings and landmarks are as well. One of Tacoma s biggest successes is our effort in clean up and continued stewardship of our bay and waterways.

3. The ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit of our business-owners.  District 2 is helping to lead Tacoma with a growing UW campus and a leading national urban water research partnership between business, university and local government. Downtown and our neighborhood business districts are also home to many new small businesses in spite of the amount of empty office space frequently identified. Our downtown core is becoming quite vibrant.
Robert Thoms


What are you reading/listening to/watching right now?

Monica Alexander

Philip Cowan

Carolyn Edmonds

Jon HigleyReading: The Go-Giver, Bob Burg and John David Mann

Listening: Leadership Gold CD series, John Maxwell

Watching: NFL Playoffs, C.N.N., KING TV, Life of Pi movie
Patricia Lecy-Davis
Currently I'm bouncing back and forth between "Sacred Economics", "After Capitalism", and June Holly's "Network Weaving Handbook". Im always looking for new thought provoking strategies to bring our community together. Some of our favorite activities are hearing great local music at Wherehouse and The Round shows and seeing if we can sit in our actual seats (seats with our name on them from the capital campaign) at the Grand Cinema. We got to sit in them at Lincoln. The rest of my spare time gets filled with TED talks.
Robert Thoms

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