Valentine Smith, a Hilltop resident and U.S. Army veteran, has announced he will run for the District 3 Tacoma council seat being vacated by Lauren Walker.
In his press release, Smith says he would guarantee restoring police officer positions as Tacoma’s economy springs back. He contends the city’s crime rate has increased since 2011 while the city laid off more than 40 police officers.
Smith served tours in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. He works as an infrastructure projects manager at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Smith is the fourth candidate to announce for the District 3 seat. Other candidates who have announced for the post are Justin Leighton, Keith Blocker and Tom McCarthy. Three others have also filed reports with the state Public Disclosure Commission but have not announced an official run for office.
From his press release:
Smith highlighted that assisting with the city’s homeless population and creating jobs are among his top priorities. “Current policy amounts to little more than shifting people around the city. We need a plan to assist our homeless population, including homeless veterans.” On creating jobs, he noted, “I’ve heard from countless local business owners that many of the city’s permitting processes and regulations hurt job growth and makes it harder to open and grow a business.”
Valentine Smith serves as Vice-Chair on Tacoma’s City Events and Recognition Committee and is a Board Member of both the Central Neighborhood Council and the Community Council of Tacoma. He and his wife Danielle live in Central Tacoma and are expecting their first child together any day now.