Tacoma City Councilman Anders Ibsen will run for a second and final term.
Ibsen, 28, represents Tacoma’s District 1, which includes much of Tacoma’s West and North end neighborhoods.
During his first four-year term, Ibsen pushed to end a 100-percent tax exemption for the city’s two nonprofit hospitals. The council voted to partially repeal the tax break in early 2012. The break was completely eliminated at the end of that year.
Ibsen, a residential real estate appraiser, lives in Tacoma’s North End with his wife, Bev.
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From his press release:
“I was honored to lead on issues like pushing for more public participation in the city budgeting process, as well as repealing wasteful tax breaks for multi-million dollar organizations. That saved our city’s taxpayers $13 million each year that we can now spend on core services like street repair and public safety. I also voted to establish an Alcohol Impact Area for the West End in order to keep our residential areas safer, and supported dedicated funding for mental health services and jail diversion.”
Ibsen concluded by thanking his constituents for a “groundswell of community support” in his re-election effort. Ibsen’s campaign is off to a strong start, with over $11,000 raised, and the endorsement of prominent community leaders and District 1 businesses, including McLendon’s Hardware, Point Ruston LLC, Joeseppi’s Restaurant, and many more.