A Tacoma first: City Council now led by two minority women

Staff writerJanuary 9, 2014 

It only took a few minutes for history to be made during Tuesday night’s crowded Tacoma City Council agenda. If you blinked you might have missed it.

The City Council unanimously selected Councilwoman Victoria Woodards to serve a one-year term as deputy mayor.

The moment was “incredibly special,” Woodards said, because it is the first time the city has been led by two African-American women — Marilyn Strickland as mayor and Woodards as deputy mayor.

“I think that says a lot about our community and how we embrace diversity, and I am honored to be part of this history-making moment with Mayor Strickland,” Woodards said during her brief speech.

The deputy mayor post rotates each year and goes to the council member with the next-highest seniority. Last year Marty Campbell served as deputy mayor.

The deputy mayor acts as mayor when the elected mayor is out of town, according to the City Council’s rules and procedures (PDF).

Woodards’ speech upon her selection as deputy mayor can be seen here at the 35 minute mark.

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