Letters to the Editor

TACOMA: City needs elected chief executive

Think as we approach election day. What is city government’s agenda? Do you know the city manager’s name? Have you met him or even seen him? Do you know his agenda?

Civics classes teach have three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. In Washington, we elect all three except in cities like Tacoma that do not elect the chief executive.

With election of a strong mayor here, we will know his or her agenda. Candidates will campaign on those agendas, and we will know what the choices are.

Presently we have nine council members, each with a separate agenda, but no focused leadership. We need to know what the chief executive has by way of ideas, plans and dreams. We need a strong, visible, elected mayor to unite and run the city and to be responsible to voters, not only to nine council members. Vote for Proposition 2.