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Justin Camarata Joins Tacoma Sun as a Political Analyst for 2013 Elections

By Erik Bjornson

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Compared to Seattle’s contentious local elections, the primary election for City of Tacoma voters is a sleeper.  The only race on my ballot was for the Port Commissioner. Yet, there will be come some excitement in November as two Tacoma City Council races are in play as well as a Tacoma School Board race:
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1) Olgy Diaz is challenging councilmember Joe Lonergan for the seat on District #5.
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2) Patricia Lacy-Davis is challenging councilmember Robert Thoms for District #2.

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Thankfully, Tacoma resident Justin Camarata has agreed to help out in the effort for the Tacoma Sun and sift through all of the press releases and media images and get to the heart of the issues.
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Here is his bio:
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“Justin Camarata is a University of Washington graduate in Political Science and a North End resident. He works in account management and marketing for Seattle-area internet companies and, when his two small boys allow, volunteers for Tacoma commissions and causes including the Ethics Board, the North End Neighborhood Council, and various political campaigns. He is particularly interested in exploring the intersection of new urbanism, local government, and technology. (He’s still trying to dream up the next great urban mobile app.) Books that have influenced Justin’s thinking on cities and urban issues include Jane Jacobs’ ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities,’ Donald Shoup’s ‘The High Cost of Free Parking,’ and P.D. Smith’s ‘City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age.'”
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You can find Justin  and connect with him on his on Facebook, LinkedIn profile, Google+,.
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Justin is a veracious student, reader and everything Tacoma.   Exit 133 defunct condo map?  He had watched it rise and fall.  Tacoma’s Chinese tunnels? He has walked them.  Former Mayor Bill Baarma’s 456 page 1973 Doctoral Thesis on the City Manager system? Memorized.
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I look forward to Camarata’s future posts on this year’s election for the betterment of the City of Destiny and to advise the rest of us on all things Tacoma.
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Godspeed Justin!

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published July 30th, 2013

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Erik Bjornson // Jul 30, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Go Justin!

    Glad to have you aboard!

  • 2 Karen Smitherman // Jul 30, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Looking forward to reading your insights and opinions into our political scene. Good luck Justin!
    Karen

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