The City Clerk is the election official for the City and can answer inquiries relating to running for municipal elections or the referendum and initiative process. Please contact the City Clerk at (253) 591-5361 for assistance with elections.
In 2017, Tacoma citizens will elect a Mayor, four City Council Members, and two members of the Civil Service Board. The Mayor, Council Member At-Large Position 6, and Civil Service Board Positions 1 and 2, are elected citywide. Council Member District Positions 2, 4, and 5 are elected by Council District.
Important Election Dates
Filing Period – Monday, May 15, 2017 to Friday, May 19, 2017
Filing Costs – 1 percent of the annual salary – Mayor $1,014.74 and City Council $460.14
Primary Election – Tuesday, August 1, 2017
General Election – Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Pierce County Auditor’s Office
The Pierce County Auditor's Office conducts the election and has additional information for candidates. The office is located at:
Terms of Office
Terms of office for the Council Members, as well as the Civil Service Board positions, are four years beginning Jan. 1, 2018. These positions and their current incumbents are listed below.
Mayor – Marilyn Strickland
District 2 – Robert Thoms
District 4 – Marty Campbell
District 5 – Joe Lonergan
At-Large Position 6 – Lauren Walker Lee
Civil Service Board:
Position 1 – Eric Hansen
Position 2 – Dan Sexton
Qualifications for Office and Responsibilities of the City Council
The City Charter provides that citizens seeking to run for City Council must be qualified electors and City residents for two years immediately preceding the time of filing. In addition, if a citizen is running for a district position, he or she must be a resident in the district for one year immediately preceding the time of filing.
The Council is responsible for enacting all legislation, developing policies, and making general policy decisions for governing the City of Tacoma. Council duties include adopting and amending City laws; approving the budget; establishing City policies and standards; approving contracts and agreements; and representing the City. The Council meets every Tuesday at 5 PM in the City Council Chambers (Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street, first floor). Five Council Members constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Qualifications for Office and Responsibilities of the Civil Service Board
The City Charter provides that citizens seeking to run for the Civil Service Board must be qualified electors and City residents.
The Civil Service Board is responsible for administering the City’s civil service system; investigating any and all matters relating to conditions of employment in the service of the City as they affect civil service employees; making and promulgating Civil Service and Personnel Rules; and hearing appeals on matters arising out of or in connection with the Civil Service and Personnel Rules violations.
Compensation for Council Members and Civil Service Board
As determined by the Citizen Commission on Elected Salaries.
Civil Service Board:
Civil Service Board members serve without compensation.
All citizens must be registered in order to vote in the 2017 election. The deadline for registering to vote or change an address in the Primary Election is July 3, 2017. A special eight-day late registration period is only available to individuals who are not currently registered to vote in Washington state. To be eligible to vote in the Primary Election, the last day to register in person for late registration is July 24, 2017, at the Pierce County Election Center.
The deadline for voter registration for the General Election is October 9, 2017. A special eight‑day late registration period is only available to individuals who are not currently registered to vote in Washington State. To be eligible to vote in the General Election, the last day to register in person for late registration at the Pierce County Election Center is October 30, 2017.
Citizens can register to vote online at vote.wa.gov or by contacting the Pierce County Election Division at (253) 798-VOTE (8683).
To request this information in an alternative format, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (253) 591-5505, TTY 711, or Washington Relay at (800) 833-6384.