Politics & Government

Community activist Keith Blocker announces for Tacoma council

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:

Raised by a single mother in Philadelphia, PA., Keith Blocker experienced extreme poverty at a very young age. Through this experience, he learned the importance of education, collaboration and how to overcome adverse conditions. Now a devoted member of the Tacoma community, Blocker intends to be a voice for all of Tacoma’s citizens bringing leadership, enthusiasm and compassion.

Keith Blocker has been a resident of Tacoma for almost 10 years. While living in Tacoma, Blocker was diagnosed with macular degeneration and informed that he was legally blind, with no possibility of correction. In a matter of months, Blocker was able to connect with the Washington State Services for the Blind, which guided his self-determination in earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies at The University of Puget Sound. Blocker understands what can be achieved with hard work and the support of his community. Now, he wants to support his community by running for Tacoma City Council Position #3.