Tacoma restaurant owner Kris Blondin announced Thursday that she will run for Tacoma City Council District 3.
Blondin owns two restaurants: Stink and El Tufo Wine Bar, both in the St. Helens neighborhood.
She joins several others who seek to follow Councilwoman Lauren Walker, whose second and final term expires this year. This is Blondin’s first run for elective office.
Blondin, 49, said in a press release that she wants to focus on streets and road repair, public safety and quality of life.
She graduated from the University of Washington in 2000 with a degree in interdisciplinary arts and sciences. She lives in Central Tacoma.
Blondin is the first woman to announce her candidacy in any Tacoma City Council race. Others running for District 3 include Justin Leighton, Keith Blocker, Tom McCarthy and Valentine Smith. Three others have filed paperwork with the Public Disclosure Commission but have not formally announced a candidacy.
District 3 includes the Tacoma Mall area, the Hilltop neighborhood, and parts of the Central and South End neighborhoods.
Her press release continues: