About me

All three of my careers – journalism, government communications, and elected office – share a common theme: serving the community. I have been in executive management on both sides of major news events and policy debates, which gives me a deep understanding of readers, viewers, listeners, legislators, stakeholders, customers, taxpayers, and critics.

Serving on the FircreHunter and Ryanst City Council is an incredible honor and responsibility. After years of writing news stories about elected officials, and then going to work for elected officials, I knew I wanted to try my hand at it at some point. It sounds cliché, but it really is an privilege to serve my community in this way.

Hunter and Maddie
When Kathleen and I decided to get married, we thought carefully about where we wanted to live and raise a
family. Fircrest was at the top of the list. Our little city is special – it’s like a peaceful oasis in the urban jungle. The quiet lifestyle is due to much more than a well-publicized speed limit. Fircrest has a true sense of place, it’s own identity that sets it apart.

My daughter attended Whittier Elementary for five years, and she’s now at Curtis High School. My son attends Evergreen Primary (our neighborhood is in the UP district). Fircrest has a great relationship with leaders of Tacoma Public Schools, and that will grow deeper now that Wainwright has re-opened and our city again is home to two schools.Kathleen and Ryan

I approach City Council policy decisions through a variety of lenses – as a parent, as a taxpayer, as a neighbor, as a customer. I’m not afraid to say what I think. I’ve worked with my Council colleagues to maintain a sustainable budget, a low crime rate, terrific parks and recreations services, a program for maintaining streets and sewers, and an attitude of customer service that welcomes residents and businesses. I will always encourage city staff to help you – our customers – find a solution.

I brag about living in Fircrest. And I sincerely appreciate and respect the role I have in gently steering the city through these modern, fast-paced times while preserving the qualities that make it such a quiet, neighborly place to raise a family.

Hunter and KathleenRyan the goofball

6 thoughts on “About me

  1. Thank you for the peek into your life and views. It helped to boost my confidence in you as I vote. I agree, Fircrest is a great place!

  2. Thanks, Lori. I’m really excited about this opportunity. I haven’t posted as much as I expected this fall (well, hardly at all). But my goal for this site is to post updates about Fircrest issues and hopefully have more conversations and feedback from residents. This will be a venue for showing the public what the Council is working on.

  3. Congrats Hunter! You’re an excellent addition to the Council. I look forward to hearing and reading about Fircrest issues. Best of luck!

  4. Good Morning,
    I was at the meeting last night and like you I am very proud to live in Fircrest. I feel it is time to renovate our aging infrastructure without cutting corners. This is our chance to improve our city and it needs to withstand the test of time by doing quality work. I think the revitalization of the Proctor District is a good example. The argument that other pools are close by does not make sense to me. Fircrest has always been a walking community and many residents enjoy the option of leaving the car at home and enjoying the pool and rec center. I have vented enough. I just worry that we will end up short range solutions rather than long range.

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