Tacoma – Hilltop resident and community advocate Justin Leighton has announced his bid for Tacoma City Council, District 3. The Council seat, currently held by Lauren Walker, will be vacated after Walker finishes the last of her two terms serving Tacoma.
“Councilwoman Walker has been a strong advocate for the community” said Leighton. “I share many of the same values as her when it comes to our commitment to our neighborhoods, to affordable housing, to a strong public safety presence, and to keeping our community safe, clean, and attractive.”
Leighton, a former high school teacher, currently works as the Government Relations Officer for Pierce Transit. He has played an active role in the community since he moved to the Hilltop area in 2008; serving as Chair of Tacoma’s Central Neighborhood Council, Chair of the Hilltop Subarea Plan, Secretary of the 2014 Charter Review Committee and currently is the Co-Chair of Tacoma’s Transportation Commission. Leighton is also an active volunteer with local nonprofits including the Emergency Food Network, YWCA Pierce County and Tacoma Rainbow Center.
Turning to his experience and leadership working on projects such as the Sprague Avenue beautification and gateway project, Leighton said, “I am running for City Council because we need more leaders in City Hall who understand what is happening at a street-by-street basis and yet still have the regional relationships and vision to keep Tacoma moving forward.”
“I want to see our business districts thrive, but do so in a way that reflects the neighborhoods around them, Tacoma should lead the south sound in a financially and environmentally sustainable way all while growing a strong economy with good family wage jobs,” Leighton continued.
With today’s announcement, Leighton also announced the early endorsements of Tacoma City Councilmember Ryan Mello, Pierce County Councilmember Rick Talbert, State Representative Jake Fey, Tacoma School Board member Scott Heinze, former Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, Central Neighborhood Council Treasurer Dawn Rodin, Emergency Food Network Executive Director Helen McGovern, Owner of Pacific Grill and Smoke and Cedar Restaurants Gordon Naccarato, local entrepreneur Marguerite Giguere, downtown business leader Julie Swenson, environmental leaders Andrew Austin and Michael Garrity, and community leaders T’wina Fields Franklin, Korbett Mosesly, Jessica Gavre, Michelle and Aaron Wilson, among many others.
Born and raised in the area, Leighton is currently a graduate student at Evergreen State College where he is set to graduate in June with a Masters in Public Administration. He also has a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture with a Teacher Certification from Washington State University. For more information, please visit www.friendsforjustin.com.