Rotary Club of Tacoma No. 8

This Week at Rotary

Thursday, August 17, 2017
       Jim Merritt and Victoria Woodards

Join us this week to hear from our two candidates for Mayor.  It is sure to be an insightful program!

From the Campaign website of Jim Merritt

As a leader in the private sector, father, and grandfather from Tacoma, I know there is a lot to be proud of in this city. I have spent my entire career making Tacoma an exceptional city to live, work and raise a family. My leadership made Point Ruston, the Foss Waterway, and Tacoma Union Station possible, providing opportunity for family-wage jobs and preserving local landmarks.

Tacoma still has incredible untapped potential. If we maximize our competitive advantage, we can become the economic engine for all of Southwest Washington and the Olympic Peninsula. As Mayor, I can realize this longterm vision for Tacoma that includes attracting family-wage jobs, restoring funding to public safety, and finally listening to the voices of our citizens.

I am running for Mayor to change the culture of our local government. Tacoma should work with its citizens, not against them. Tacoma should listen to taxpayers, not special interests. Voting for me as Mayor of Tacoma isn’t a vote for an agenda- it’s a vote for a seat at the table.

From the Campaign website of Victoria Woodards

Victoria Woodards has been proud to call Tacoma the “City of Destiny” her home for nearly her entire life. She is a product of the Tacoma Public School District and a proud graduate of Lincoln High School. In addition to being a US Army Veteran, she has worked in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

For over three decades, Victoria has served as a passionate leader in our community in many ways. Some of those include former chair of the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs, Trustee for the Washington State History Museum, Co-Chair of the Tacoma Civil Rights Project, Senior Fellow in the American Leadership forum and Producer of the region’s largest celebration of diversity “Ethnic Fest.”

While Victoria has always had a desire to serve and work in her community, it was while working for Harold Moss on the Pierce County Council that she discovered her desire to serve in elected office. In May of 2004, she was appointed to the Board of Park Commissioners and subsequently elected in November 2005. She served as President of the Metro Parks Board until 2009 when she was elected to the Tacoma City Council.

As a member of the City Council, Victoria worked tirelessly to make Tacoma the best place to live, work and play.   She was Deputy Mayor in 2014 and during her tenure as a councilmember served in several capacities including chair of the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health, Community Vitality and Safety Committee and the Gang Reduction Task Force.  She was also on the boards of the Foundation for Tacoma Students (Graduate Tacoma) and the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center.