This year, Tacoma residents are fortunate to have many strong candidates for City Council, school board and the Metro Parks board. I encourage all voters to consider seriously the candidacy of Jessie Baines for Metro Parks Commissioner, Position 3.
Baines is an exceptional young man: He offers a wonderful combination of intelligence, a love of sports, a commitment to our young people and the willingness to work with others.
When he came to Tacoma Community College as a student several years ago, his goal was to be a professional athlete. However, he developed into a strong, highly motivated student and is now pursuing a graduate degree from Seattle University. He has deep roots in Tacoma and, as a boy, benefited from Metro Parks programs.
Baines would be a strong addition to the Metro Parks board and a great role model for our young people.