Tom McCarthy, a humanities and English composition teacher at Pierce College, will run for the Tacoma City Council seat being vacated by Councilwoman Lauren Walker, who is term-limited.
He said he chose to buy a house on Tacoma’s Hilltop a decade ago because he “knew it would be a great place to raise kids.”
“We’re already seeing increased graduation rates, and innovative success stories from (Bryant Montessori School) — where my five-year-old is in kindergarten — to vocational training at Bates (Technical College). We have the potential to be a great education city, and I want to help make that happen,” he wrote in a press release.
Tacoma Council District 3 includes the Hilltop, Tacoma Mall area and Central Tacoma.
McCarthy, 39, counts former Tacoma mayor Brian Ebersole, former educators and various labor leaders and organizations among his endorsements.
From his press release:
McCarthy’s extensive community involvement also includes organizing Tacoma’s Hilltop Street Fair alongside business groups, which drew 5,000 participants in its first year. In speaking to neighbors across Tacoma, McCarthy has also heard feedback emphasizing potholes, senior services and activities, and good, living-wage jobs.
“I am hearing people’s concerns,” said McCarthy, who has door-belled 1,000 households in the district so far. “But I am also hearing so many hopes for a 21st Century Tacoma, and I want to get it done before my daughter graduates from high school. I want Tacoma to be the city she’d choose to live in. That’s what my public service is all about.”