This year’s ballot counting may not be in the books yet, but Election 2015 is getting underway.
Leighton, a Hilltop resident since 2008 and currently government relations officer for Pierce Transit, has been involved with the Central Neighborhood Council, this year’s Charter Review Committee and several other local government and community groups. He helped lead the (ultimately unsuccessful) fight against Walmart when a developer announced plans in 2011 to build the store at the former Elks Lodge property.
In a statement announcing his candidacy, Leighton said he wants to bring his grassroots perspective to the council.
“I am running for City Council because we need more leaders in City Hall who understand what is happening at a street-by-street basis and yet still have the regional relationships and vision to keep Tacoma moving forward,” he said. “I want to see our business districts thrive, but do so in a way that reflects the neighborhoods around them, Tacoma should lead the south sound in a financially and environmentally sustainable way all while growing a strong economy with good family wage jobs.”
From his press release: