Here are the recommendations from the The News Tribune Editorial Board for the general election Nov. 7, 2017, with links to our previously published full-length endorsements. We focused on Pierce County’s largest cities this year, plus the Port of Tacoma, two special legislative contests and a pair of county charter amendments.
As part of our vetting process, the Editorial Board interviewed the candidates and their opponents. For the first time this fall, we also partnered with a third-party screening nonprofit, CandidateVerification, to conduct voluntary background checks on candidates.
Pierce County charter amendments
Amendment 46 (filling elected vacancies): Yes
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Amendment 47 (Loosening County Council term limits): No
City of Tacoma
Mayor: Victoria Woodards.
City Council District 2: Robert Thoms.
City Council District 4: Kevin Grossman.
City Council District 5: Chris Beale.
City Council at-large Position 6: Lillian Hunter.
Port of Tacoma
Commission Positions 1,2 and 4: John McCarthy, Dick Marzano, Don Meyer.
Metro Parks Tacoma
Commission Position 4: Andrea Smith.
City of Lakewood
City Council Positions 1, 2 and 5: Mary Moss, Mike Brandstetter, John Simpson.
City of Puyallup
City Council Districts 1, 2 and 3: Jim Kastama, Heather Shadko, Julie Door.
Legislative District 31
Senate: Neither candidate endorsed.
House Position 2: Morgan Irwin.