TACOMA, Wash. - In November, Tacoma residents face the first open seat for Tacoma Mayor in 8 years. The top-two vote getters coming out of the August primary were Jim Merritt, an architect, and Victoria Woodards, a former city council member.
Several important issues divide the candidates including: how fast Sound Transit light rail can connect Tacoma to SeaTac; whether a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility should be built on the tide flats; whether the City is doing enough to attract and retain jobs (including bidding for Amazon's HQ2).
C.R. Douglas moderated a debate between the two candidates that aired Sunday, October 8 on Q13 News. What follows is the complete exchange, divided by topics.
Segment #1: Sound Transit
Segment #2: Liquefied Natural Gas Facility
Segment #3: Amazon HQ2
Segment #4: Housing Affordability
Segment #5: Public Safety and Homelessness