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Hines announces switch in bid for Tacoma City Council

TACOMA, WA – The race for Tacoma City Council heated up today with the announcement that teacher and football coach, John Hines, will run now for the District 1 seat against Councilmember Anders Ibsen instead of running for the at-large seat.

In explaining his decision to switch, Hines said: “I have doorbelled nearly 2,000 homes, many of them in my own community in District 1. Residents in the district have repeated the same concern over and over: they don’t feel heard and are hungry for new representation. After the enormous amount of feedback, I realized this isn’t a citywide issue, it’s a District 1 issue.”

Residents in District 1 aren’t alone in their dissatisfaction with the current representation. With today’s announcement, Hines is announcing a long list of elected officials, teachers, labor and business activists and leaders, local Democrats and social service providers who are taking the unusual step of endorsing against an incumbent and colleague.

A sample of today’s endorsements include: Mayor Marilyn Strickland; Councilmembers Victoria Woodards, Robert Thoms, David Boe, Marty Campbell, Lauren Walker, and Joe Lonergan; Pierce County Councilmembers Rick Talbert and Connie Ladenburg, former Washington State Auditor Brian Sonntag, former Tacoma Mayors Harold Moss, Mike Crowley and Karen Vialle; Tacoma School Board members Catherine Ushka and Kurt Miller. More endorsements will be announced in the coming days.

In explaining her endorsement of Hines, Mayor Strickland said, “John’s solid, professional experience as an educator and coach brings a much-needed perspective to the Council as we continue to partner with our schools. As a union member who understands the needs of small businesses, John will be a strong addition to the team."  

Councilmembers were more pointed. Councilmembers Boe and Campbell released a joint statement: “We understand this is unprecedented. It speaks to style and the relationship the incumbent has with this Council. But more importantly, it speaks to the high quality and caliber of John Hines. He is the type of legislator with whom we’d want to serve and build a better Tacoma.”

Hines, born and raised in Tacoma, is a high school teacher and football coach.  Hines’ vision for the Tacoma City Council specifically includes focusing development away from single family neighborhoods and toward under-utilized parts of the city. He believes that preserving neighborhood character should be a priority when considering development. This would allow for density and avoid rapidly increasing home prices and values that are forcing residents on limited or fixed incomes out of the city.

Youth development and mentorship have always been at the center of Hines’ community involvement. He is currently a football coach at Henry Foss High School and was previously a coach at Stewart Middle, Lakes High and Todd Beamer High schools. Hines is also a former Alumni Board member and mentor of the College Success Foundation, an organization that improves college access to underrepresented students by providing scholarships and mentoring to low income, high performing students. In 2014, Hines was the keynote speaker for the Tacoma Empowering Youth Luncheon.

In his free time, Hines runs marathons and is a trivia buff. In 2012, Hines was a semi-finalist on the game show, Jeopardy, during their Teachers Tournament. Hines has lived all over Tacoma from the South and West ends to the North end where he resides currently with his wife, Kelsey, and their son, Garyn.


Comments

North End

Not a constituent of this district, but I am thrilled someone credible is challenging Councilmember Ibsen. I met him at an event a few months ago and found him to be rather insulting and offputting.

May 15, 2015 at 4:33 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Jim C

This is great news, I’m a resident of District 1 and will be following up to see how I can help Mr. Hines’ campaign. Councilman Ibsen lost me when he abdicated his office in an unserious attempt to join the Marines (in his late 20s? Come on.) Closer inspection of his record didn’t help. Hope this seat turns over.

May 15, 2015 at 5:28 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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BestNest

It is apparent that Anders Ibsen needs to go! He is extreme in his views and we need balanced governance in our city. We also need a leader with life experience to give informed opinions and make clear decisions. Tacoma is a dynamic city and our governance should reflect that. I’m very happy that Mr. Ibsen is not unchallengeable after all as even his own Council members are looking to unseat him.

May 15, 2015 at 9:26 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Grass Ain't Greener Here

I really don’t want my councilperson to run away from a fight like Hines did against McCarthy; let alone for an open seat.  I’m not sure with this ridiculous notion to protect single family homes either.  Like we need another complication with Point Ruston.  This isn’t a game of Tetris, it is City Council.  You don’t get to pick where development happens beyond zoning.  We don’t need another person to take 2 years to figure out City government without understanding it.

Anders is his own mind from what I’ve seen and it seems that doesn’t make many friends on Council.  He is a little weird but I’ll take weird over a coward any day.

May 15, 2015 at 10:49 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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WildCelticRose

Running away?

The only person I saw “run away” was Ibsen, from his job when he decided he wanted to do something else (and then came back after he washed out)

The voters will decide who they want to represent them.

I really don’t want my councilperson to run away from a fight like Hines did against McCarthy; let alone for an open seat.  I’m not sure with this ridiculous notion to protect single family homes either.  Like we need another complication with Point Ruston.  This isn’t a game of Tetris, it is City Council.  You don’t get to pick where development happens beyond zoning.  We don’t need another person to take 2 years to figure out City government without understanding it.

Anders is his own mind from what I’ve seen and it seems that doesn’t make many friends on Council.  He is a little weird but I’ll take weird over a coward any day.

May 16, 2015 at 1:49 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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RHTCCComedyfanRegistered

One person who would not run away would be Robert Jesse Hill.
But then you would say something along the lines of God no not him!

May 17, 2015 at 6:45 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Mike

Isn’t it interesting that when he doorbelled me several weeks ago, he was lamenting the fact that none of those people would endorse him because his opponent was Conor McCarthy and Conor is County Executive Pat McCarthy’s son. The politics in this race are very personal, and petty.

May 17, 2015 at 3:28 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Alex

Hines really complained about that? Weak.  I guess its get elected first, think of who your constituents are later.

May 17, 2015 at 11:51 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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LaborNeighbor

My labor rep told me that Anders was freaking out on Friday and Saturday and Facebooking and texting everyone to call John to beg him to drop out, sometimes using veiled threats or implying retribution if they didn’t. I’ll take the lament over that kind of behavior any day.

May 18, 2015 at 1:26 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Xeno

Pretty sure that’s not true.  It is pretty apparent Ibsen accepted that he had a contested campaign on Friday from his FB page.  Not like you can realistically get someone to drop out of the race 2 days after filing. #drama

May 18, 2015 at 2:35 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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KD

Moving from 7 to 1 was a smart move.  I’m sure he had some very good council to make the change when he did.

May 18, 2015 at 1:49 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Xeno

Yeah, its called endorsements.  Sort of funny though, none of them are putting their money where their mouth is as I don’t see one person on that list of endorsements that have given Hines any money.  I guess everyone was ga ga for McCarthy and thus why Hines dropped out of that race. Its all about the $$$$$$$$$.

May 18, 2015 at 2:42 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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