Catherine Ushka Announces Tacoma City Council Re-Election Campaign

Updated: Mar 10

For immediate release – 2/11/21

Catherine Ushka, current Tacoma District 4 Councilmember and President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Board, announced her intention to seek a second term citing the unprecedented health, human services, and economic challenges that the next four years are likely to bring and the necessity of making anti-racist policy reforms.

“More than ever, we need experienced leaders prepared to tackle our public health, housing, and economic crises. I helped lead the campaign to save the Health Department from defunding, but even after we’ve beaten this pandemic, we need to continue to address the many inequities the pandemic highlighted.”

We must also expand efforts to improve housing affordability, address the needs of the increasing numbers of people who are finding themselves homeless. I have no doubt that the significant measures Tacoma has taken including Temporary Emergency Shelters and Warming Centers have mitigated what impacts we might have already seen, however the evidence of crisis is visible throughout our district and our city. In addition to continuing to work towards solutions for those who need permanent supportive housing, I will continue to advocate in Olympia for greater flexibility of affordable housing funds. Concurrently, we must continue to build new development for all income levels

With the pandemic-related economic shortfall, the next Council will continue facing significant budget cuts. Ushka cited her experience balancing the budget on the Tacoma School Board during the last recession while simultaneously increasing graduation rates from 50 to 89%. As a thoughtful policy leader, she’ll continue to prioritize economic development and transformative community-driven public safety reforms that have been shown to work.

For additional information contact Catherine directly at 253-579-3129 or or visit online at

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