Oct. 28, 2009 at 5:36pm

Merritt or Strickland for Mayor?

My thoughts... what about yours?

After receiving my ballot I had every item marked except for my choice for mayor. At that point my ballot sat on my kitchen counter for days. Finding both Jim Merritt and Marilyn Strickland to be excellent candidates, I found myself wanting to elect both of them, but sadly there can only be one mayor. Below are the conclusions I came to after thinking long and hard, and the final decision I made.

I'd love to hear what everyone else thinks of the candidates. Did you make your decision already? What swayed you? Share your thoughts in the comments!

I find Strickland to be more focused on Tacoma's social issues and education (as demonstrated by her excellent track record). Both these issues are extremely important to me, and I knew she would be a valuable advocate for them. Merritt is more focused on what I would expect a local business owner and architect to be focused on: economic, business, and urban development issues. These are also very important to me, and I have found these to be the most neglected by our current leadership.

The way I see it, electing Strickland wouldn't change very much. She's already on the city council, and because of the structure of our city government, simply promoting her to mayor wouldn't do much more than free up a council seat. That being said, she has my trust and I have no doubt she would do an excellent job as mayor.

Electing Merritt to mayor has the chance to be something much more pivotal. He has the nerve to stick up for Tacoma and could be an extremely influential advocate for our city (something our current leaders have yet to demonstrate). Plus, electing him would effectively place both of them on the council which, in a way, would achieve my original desire to elect both of them (at least for a little while).

Ultimately I decided to take a chance and vote for Merritt. Not only because of my thoughts above, but because I think he would really push the limits of his role beyond that of a council member with a symbolic title. Observing both candidates' personalities, I am most convinced that Merritt would leverage his mayoral status to effect some much needed change.

comments [6]  |  posted under election, mayor, tacoma


by L.S.Erhardt on 10/28/2009 @ 6:51pm
I went with Merritt because I am sick and tired of "business as usual". I want every member of City Council, the Mayor and Anderson to be fired. We need new blood, not this club of established politicians who sit around and pat each other on the back as the city crumbles into a giant parking lot of potholes.

by ixia on 10/28/2009 @ 7:09pm
I guess the question is: why are they running? Merritt truly cares about what happens to Tacoma and is willing to fight for it. Strickland I am sure also wants what is good for Tacoma. But she has to combine that with playing the political game if she wants to continue running for a variety of public offices. So Tacoma will be second compared to a larger audience. And that is just not good enough. Go Merritt!

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 10/28/2009 @ 8:05pm
Really the only thing to do is to write in Crenshaw Sepulveda. Sure if one of you writes in Crenshaw Sepulveda they may think you are crazy. Maybe two of you will write in Crenshaw Sepulveda and maybe they'll think you are both gay. And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people writing in Crenshaw Sepulveda. They may think it's an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people ,I said fifty people wrote in Crenshaw Sepulveda. And friends they may thinks it's a movement. And that's what it is , the Crenshaw Sepulveda Anti-Massacre Movement, and all you got to do to write in Crenshaw Sepulveda and mail it in.

It is that time of year again

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by fredo on 10/28/2009 @ 9:49pm
Once again the city council is making a recommendation. They claim they favor Strickland and want you to vote for her. How far out of touch can these people be? This is clearly over the line. Time and time again they refuse to remain neutral on issues before the voters. This is an abuse of power and quite likely to backfire on them.

by L.S.Erhardt on 10/28/2009 @ 10:26pm
Why doesn't one of us actually for real run? Or do a for-real write in campaign?

by Urban E on 10/29/2009 @ 10:14am
Fredo, I'm with ya on the recommendations. First it was ST Prop 2 ( we got 80 million crumbs to build the LINK to nowhere), then 71, now they think we need them to tell us who they think we should vote in for mayor. This is getting out of hand. I don't vote and pay for my councilperson to tell me how to vote.


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