Filing deadline draws City Council candidates

Last week’s filing deadline for public offices in Tacoma and Pierce County drew a number of late-coming challengers vying to two key spots on Tacoma City Council.

Former Tacoma Mayor, city councilmember, and Pierce County councilmember Harold G. Moss announced he would challenge incumbent Spiro Manthou, who is seeking a second term representing District No. 1, which includes the city’s West End and part of the North End. Moss served on City Council during the 1970s, and was elected mayor of Tacoma in 1994.

Two people announced they would challenge incumbent City Councilmember Julie Anderson for At-Large Position #7. Will Baker, a perennial candidate who has a history of being arrested at council meetings, will join Robert “The Traveller” Hill in challenging Anderson for the seat.

Four people joined the race for the District No. 3 seat which will be vacated by Councilmember Tom Stenger, who will not seek re-election. Lauren Walker, executive director of the Fair Housing Center of Washington, will run against Donald Powell, an attorney and former Pierce County judge pro tem and court commissioner; Jack Pleasant, a community activist; and Ronnie Allen Warren, a minister.

Voters will decide on candidates during a general election in November.