For Immediate Release – December 17, 2019
Mello launches campaign with key South Sound leadership endorsements
Tacoma, WA – Today Tacoma City Councilmember Ryan Mello announced his candidacy for Pierce County Council District 4. Mello’s campaign will focus on ensuring basic services are delivered effectively, that everyone who needs a job has a good paying job with benefits, keeping the South Sound affordable for all income levels, having efficient transportation solutions for our community, and ensuring that our air, land and water is healthy for everyone to enjoy.
Born in Kailua, Hawaii, Ryan Mello moved to Tacoma in 1997 to attend the University of Puget Sound where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics & Government. He currently serves as the executive director of the Pierce Conservation District where he leads a team of conservation professionals working to improve water quality and habitat function for people, fish and wildlife, increase access to local, healthy food for all and expand sustainable agricultural practices. “People are worried about how they are going to afford their day-to-day lives. Housing, traffic congestion, and rising costs in our region continue to be at the forefront of our community’s mind. Each of these concerns must be tackled at the regional level to have impact,” Mello said.
Mello is the first openly gay man to serve on the Tacoma City Council and served from 2010 – 2019. During his time as Councilmember he fought hard to improve the lives of working families by championing an increased minimum wage and paid sick leave, establishing new, dedicated funds to improve our streets, sidewalks and bridges and bringing more frequent transit options to more neighborhoods. Mello has also led on issues locally and statewide to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families from discrimination and a long list of environmental successes to clean our air, land and water and protect what makes Puget Sound so special. Other initiatives Mello has led on include Tacoma Creates (an initiative to bring more arts, culture, science and heritage programming to our neighborhoods after school, weekends and during the summer), government accountability and increasing the financial discount for seniors, low-income and disabled people.
“I do not know anyone who will work harder – fighting to make our community safer, stronger and more successful – than Ryan Mello,” said Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards. “It is with excitement that I endorse Ryan Mello for Pierce County Council District 4 and look forward to partnering with him long in to the future on regional solutions to homelessness, housing affordability, traffic congestion and creating better paying jobs for families living in Pierce County.”
With today’s announcement, Mello is releasing a long list of elected officials and community leaders who endorse his campaign to represent the people of Pierce County. A sample of these endorsements include: Congressman Derek Kilmer, Puyallup Tribal Council Member Annette Bryan, Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards, Fircrest Mayor Hunter George, State Representative Jake Fey, Tacoma City Council Member Anders Ibsen, Tacoma City Council Member Chris Beale, Tacoma City Council Member Keith Blocker, Tacoma City Council Member-elect Kristina Walker, University Place School Board Member T’wina (Franklin) Nobles.
County Council District 4 covers downtown Tacoma, Hilltop, Central Tacoma, South Tacoma, Fircrest and University Place.