John Tacoma native and educator John Hines had announced his bid for the open Tacoma City Council seat in District 1. Councilmember Anders Ibsen, who currently holds the position, is term limited out of running for reelection.
“I’ve lived in Tacoma my entire life. I want to make it an even better place to call home by supporting education, growing local businesses, investing in public health and safety,” Hines said. “My pledge to voters is that when you have a problem, like needing a crosswalk on your street or help navigating the city’s permit system, you can count on me to roll up my sleeves and get to work.”
Hines grew up in South Tacoma, has lived in nearly every part of the city and graduated from Lincoln High School. John earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound where he was a student athlete on the football team. He works as an Instructional Facilitator for the Department of Academic Equity and Access in the Tacoma School District. For 10 years prior, he was a history teacher at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way.
“As a lifelong Tacoman and an advocate for good governance, I’m supporting Hines,” said local teacher Nate Bowling, the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year. “We need more teachers and people with experience engaging with ethnically and linguistically diverse populations in local government. He has the right combination of experience and passion to serve in this job day one.”
John and his wife Kelsey have two children, five-year-old Garyn, and 18-month-old Lauryn.
Learn more about his campaign by visiting HinesForTacoma.org.