Tacoma restaurants endorse Victoria Woodards for mayor, four city council candidates

Tacoma restaurants endorse Victoria Woodards for mayor, four city council candidates

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MEDIA CONTACT: Morgan Huether, local communications manager, 360-956-7279 ext. 135, morganhuether@wahospitality.org

 

Tacoma restaurants endorse Victoria Woodards for mayor, four council candidates

 

TACOMA (July 25, 2017) – Tacoma restaurants of the Washington Hospitality Association have endorsed Victoria Woodards for mayor, Robert Thoms for city council position 2, Kevin Grossman for city council position 4, Brian Arnold for city council position 5 and Meredith Neal for city council position 6.

The Washington Hospitality Association represents more than 6,000 members of the hospitality industry.

Woodards’ mayoral campaign has drawn attention of Tacoma-based members of the association, who appreciate the business acumen she gained while working as a CEO for a nonprofit and her previous experience on the council, said Monique Trudnowski, co-owner of the Adriatic Grill.

Woodards, and the other endorsed contenders, were identified as candidates who will best represent the hospitality industry.

Local restaurants and hotels need the support of city council to continue to provide jobs at all levels of the career ladder, Trudnowski said. These candidates have demonstrated that they are business-oriented and will support the issues that are most important to us.

“Hotels and restaurants across our city provide entry-level job opportunities with flexible scheduling and the ability for performance-based succession,” Trudnowski said. “We look forward to advocating for candidates who support these jobs for the families of Tacoma every day.”

Russ Heaton, owner of Doyle’s Public House, lives in Thoms’ district and said he stands out as a candidate. To Heaton, Thoms has been an attentive representative.

“He looks for innovative ways to address city issues and is thoughtful in their implementation,” Heaton said. “He works hard to make Tacoma a better place to live.”

Learn more about the Washington Hospitality Association at wahospitality.org/government-affairs/tacoma.

 

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About Washington’s Hospitality Industry

Hospitality is the industry that serves. It represents the largest group of private employers in the state, and the jobs the industry provides are the backbone of our state’s economy. Local restaurants and hotels employ 268,000 Washingtonians, and together hospitality businesses generate $16 billion annually in direct financial impact for Washington. Each year, the hospitality industry also pays more than $1 billion in state sales and B&O taxes and more than $5 billion in wages. The hospitality industry is key to the health of our state, the careers of our citizens and the vitality of our communities.

About the Washington Hospitality Association

Washington Hospitality is a member-based organization that works at the state and local level to find proactive solutions to the challenging issues facing the industry and its workforce. It provides its members with programs, services and the information they need to deliver great local experiences, to ensures the success of their employees, and to help their communities thrive. Washington Hospitality became the state’s second largest trade association in 2016 when the Washington Restaurant Association and Washington Lodging Association joined forces in a combined association.

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