Victoria Woodards is leading Tacoma’s mayoral race, according to general election results announced Tuesday night.
Woodards was ahead of Steve Haverly with 57.78% of the vote, or 12,285 votes.
Haverly obtained 41.73% of the vote, or 8,871 votes.
There were more votes left as of Tuesday. The next round of results is expected to drop at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Woodards said in a statement Tuesday that she was grateful for the results.
“I am grateful to the Tacomans for their confidence in my leadership and I will not make them fail in our mission to build a more resilient, equitable economy, to end the crisis of gun violence on our streets and to meet our greatest challenges. difficult like roaming. Together, we will transform Tacoma into the city of destiny that we know in our hearts it can be, âshe said.
Woodards, 56, sought re-election as mayor of Tacoma after being first elected to that position in 2017. Previously, she was a member of Tacoma City Council from 2009 to 2016. Woodards is a veteran of three-year US Army graduate from Lincoln High. The school and currently resides in the South End.
Haverly, 53, works in construction management and previously owned a video production company. If elected, it would be his first time in public office. Haverly graduated from Stadium High School and now lives in the West End.
Haverly led a more popular campaign, while Woodards garnered significant campaign supporters and donations from many businesses, unions and elected officials.
Haverly and Woodards have both spoken about the main issues Tacoma faces, including homelessness and housing, public safety and police reform, and climate change, but their views on how to address these vary. .
Woodards has primarily supported the city’s Home in Tacoma plan, which aims to expand housing options in a hot market, while Haverly has been more critical of the plan, fearing that existing neighborhoods will be affected by a over-development.
Haverly and Woodards have both advocated for more resources and shelters for the homeless. Haverly supports a ban on camping on the public domain. Woodards thinks that a camping ban should be part of the city’s plan to tackle homelessness, but not until there is shelter accessible to all, in order to comply with a decision by the city. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which says cities cannot enforce anti-camping orders if they don’t have enough homeless shelter beds available for their homeless population.
Both candidates have expressed their willingness to tackle the rise in violent crime in Tacoma and have supported a strategy that eases the burden on police by diverting some calls to a crisis response team.
This story was originally published 2 November 2021 8:16 pm.