Polls: Strickland, Walker poised to join City Council

By Todd Matthews, Editor

Tacoma City Council is expected to see two new faces join its ranks at City Hall, according to early poll results from the Pierce County Auditor’s office.

Marilyn Strickland, 45, a development officer at Tacoma Public Library has received 60.7 percent of the votes in her campaign for City Council. Her opponent, David Curry, 39, executive director of Tacoma Rescue Mission, has received 38.75 percent of the votes. The pair ran for an at-large seat to be vacated by term-limited Councilmember Bill Evans at the end of this year.

Lauren Walker, 49, executive director of Fair Housing Center of Washington, has received 73.6 percent of the votes in her campaign for City Council. Her opponent, Ronnie Allen Warren, 45, a street preacher, has received 25.45 percent of the votes. The pair was running for a seat on City Council representing District 3. Incumbent Councilmember Tom Stenger announced he would not seek re-election.

Additionally, incumbent councilmembers Julie Anderson and Spiro Manthou were expected to be elected to another term.

Anderson, 42, who is also a senior policy advisor for the state’s Community, Trade, and Economic Development Department, was leading her opponent, Will Baker, with 79 percent of the votes. Manthou, 56, was leading his opponent Harold Moss, 78, with 60.28 percent of the votes. Manthou is also an administrator at Bates Technical College. Moss came out of retirement to run against Manthou.

For the latest results, visit http://www.piercecountywa.org/pc/abtus/ourorg/aud/elections/misc/currentresults.htm

Earlier this year, the Index interviewed candidates for Tacoma City Council. For interviews with Anderson, Manthou, Strickland, and Walker, visit the Index archives.