Tacoma resident Keith Blocker announced Wednesday that he intends to seek the Tacoma City Council seat currently held by Lauren Walker. She is term limited this year.
Blocker, 33, has lived in Tacoma for nearly a decade and originally hails from Philadelphia. He is an education adviser for the nonprofit Metropolitan Development Council, which helps first-generation and low-income college students. Blocker also is a volunteer board member of FISH Food Banks.
Raised by a single mother, Blocker and his siblings were the first generation in his family to attend college.
Wednesday Blocker said he thinks the council can have a stronger role in strengthening the city’s economy, attracting businesses and reducing the number of students on free-and-reduced lunch.
“I think the city could impact these issues if we just focus,” Blocker said.
Blocker is the second candidate to announce for the seat, behind community activist Justin Leighton.
He counts Walker and former mayors Harold Moss and Karen Vialle among his supporters.
From his press release: