Politics & Government

High school teacher, coach to run for Tacoma council

John Hines, a high school social studies teacher and football coach, announced Monday that he will run for an at-large seat on the Tacoma City Council.

Hines, who lives in the North End and works at Foss High School, said he will campaign for the position now occupied by David Boe, who is not running for re-election. Boe’s seat is also being sought by Joe Lopez, an attorney who had a brief stay on the council in 2014.

In a release, Hines said he promises “to fight to make Tacoma more affordable, accessible and sustainable.”

“I was born and raised in Tacoma, attended Tacoma’s public schools, and have chosen to stay in this community to start and raise my family,” he said in the statement. “However, residents are struggling to afford living here and struggling even more to move around the city. We need to continue encouraging smart growth, bringing living wage jobs to Tacoma, and supporting families and residents who are still struggling.”

Hines says he wants to funnel development away from single-family neighborhoods and to make preservation of neighborhood character a priority in considering new projects.

He has served as an alumni board member and mentor for the College Success Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships and mentoring to low income, high performing students in an effort to improve college access.

Hines is a self-described trivia buff who was a semi-finalist on Jeopardy’s Teachers Tournament in 2012.