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Bill Baarsma: Mayor, Tacoma

Bill Baarsma became mayor of Tacoma after a 33-year teaching career at the University of Puget Sound. He has experience in public office, having spent seven years on the Tacoma City Council from 1992 until 1999.

Baarsma supported the acquisition of the 87 acres that is now Wapato Hills Park. He wants the city to complete an inventory of Tacoma’s open spaces. He also advocates shifting Tacoma city vehicles to climate-friendly fuels such as bio-diesel and compressed natural gas. After attending a conference on global warming, Baarsma joined a number of other mayors in signing on as a supporter of the Kyoto protocol.

Baarsma said, “I am committed to striving for a safe and secure city and quality of life which depends on responsible stewardship of our environment.”