Letters to the Editor

Election: Cowan will stabilize Tacoma finances

The Grand Cinema’s executive director Philip Cowan would bring important new skills and experience to Tacoma City Council. As a member of The Grand Cinema since before Cowan came aboard, I have witnessed what good leadership can accomplish.

I have seen him take what was already a good theater, make it financially stable, and turn it into a visionary force in our community.

Despite progress in recent years, the city still can’t fix all our streets or fully meet its responsibilities for traffic safety and public services. We need Cowan, who knows how to turn financially challenged organizations around and help them thrive.

We also need someone to help our city encourage small businesses. Philip knows the challenges small business owners face. He believes we can do much more to help those that are just getting established, creating for instance a playbook that guides them through the complicated startup process.