Officially, Robert Thoms has only been a member of the Tacoma City Council for four days. But already, Thoms has filed to retain his District 2 council seat when it comes up for election later this year.
Thoms formally filed a candidate registration with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission on Jan. 17 – two days after the City Council appointed him to fill the vacant council seat.
Thoms emerged as the designated appointee from a pool of seven candidates who applied to fill the non-partisan seat vacated by two-term Councilman Jake Fey. Fey left the seat Dec. 31 with a year remaining on his second term, after winning election to the Legislature as a Democratic state representative for Tacoma.
During his appointment interview Thoms told council members he intended to run for the seat when it came up for election later this year. Several other applicants also told the council they would run, too – setting the stage for a potentially crowded field.
Thoms so far is the only registered candidate for the seat. Records show he hasn’t raised any money – and he wrote “pending” in the fields of the registration asking for the names of his campaign treasurer and committee officers.
Thoms, 42, a Navy reservist and public affairs lobbyist, was formally sworn in as a council member during the council’s regular meeting Tuesday. A former aide to Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, Thoms drew a crowd of well-connected friends to witness his swearing-in, including former Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg and Pierce County Councilwoman Connie Ladenburg. Also in attendance were aides for Cantwell, former U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks and current aides for his replacement, Congressman Derek Kilmer.email@example.com