City Council Candidate Steve Smith Explains Why He's Running

He is vying for Pos. 2 and will face Kent Keel in November.

When filing week ended this month, the names of two candidates were listed for Position 2.

Neither came as a big surprise, as both candidates had announced their plans to run earlier this year.

In November, Steve Smith and will challenge for the vacant Pos. 2, for which announced she wouldn't seek re-election.

Smith submitted to Patch a statement for his candidacy:

Civic leader Steve Smith announced today his campaign for Position Number Two on the University Place City Council.

Steve Smith has been active on the boards of several non-profit organizations in the last twenty years. Most recently, Steve served on the University Place Library Campaign helping to raise over $600,000 to enhance the services and quality of our new library

“ We must move forward on creating a new city core. Although the original vision for the Town Center is no longer viable, we must continue a planning process that will secure and support successful businesses, and support a gathering place for our residents,” said Steve Smith.

Steve Smith was one of the founding staff directors at the University of Washington Tacoma and now is the Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations at the University of Puget Sound. He is also Past President of the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 and the City Club of Tacoma

Steve is currently on the Pierce County AIDS Foundation Board and serves as a Councilmember at his church, Urban Grace.

“Just like our new library, University Place is positioned to enhance its quality of life. Our city council must continue to ensure the effective and efficient operations of basic services, while simultaneously making strategic economic developments plans to strengthen our tax base and creating a street scape that matches the natural beauty of our city,” added Smith.



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