Politics & Government

Mello to defend Tacoma council post

Tacoma City Councilman Ryan Mello announced he will run for reelection.

He was appointed to the council in 2010 and elected the next year in the District 8 at-large seat. If he wins, this will be his second and final term on the council.

In his press release, Mello said his top priority is to help grow Tacoma’s economy and support workers. He also touts his support for a dedicated pothole repair crew during the city’s budget process, advancing the city’s non-motorized transportation plan and advocating for federal and state dollars for the Tacoma Link light rail.

Mello came to Tacoma in 1997 as University of Puget Sound student. In addition to his council duties, he works as the executive director of the Pierce Conservation District. He lives near the Sixth Avenue Business District.

From his press release:

“There are Tacomans who continue to struggle, despite the improvements to the economy. Yes, we’ve added jobs and brought businesses to Tacoma. But, we must expand on this work so all Tacomans prosper.”

Mello notes that job creation isn’t the only measure of a healthy economy: “Income inequality and stagnant wages limit a full recovery. We can’t leave workers behind while others recover. Which is why I was proud to have led on the recent Paid Sick Leave victory on the Council. This protects workers and improves a healthier, rebounding economy from the middle-out, not trickled down.”