Message from SENCo Chair Earl Brydson

Tacoma’s South End Neighborhood Council (SENCo) voted to recommend Suzanne in the race for Pierce County Council District 5. The following is a message from the Chair of SENCo, Earl Brydson:

“I am pleased to write this letter of recommendation for Suzanne Skaar. She’s been a part of our council only for a few months [October 2017], but what an amazing impression she has made with her peers and the public.  I actually met her about a year ago during a presentation she made before joining SENCo.

She is an intellect, a true believer of the truth, in other words, she does her homework before engaging in important topics. She speaks with passion about her beliefs and she stands ready to hold her ground. In May 2018, Suzanne volunteered to attend a national conference in Alabama called neighborhood USA or NUSA. Filled with excitement and new ideas, Suzanne presented an informative and thorough briefing for the council, the public, and city management.

In addition, she chairs our Social Outreach Committee, which highlights her knowledge and extensive volunteer background in communication and media. She is a trustworthy individual ready to take on more responsibility as Pierce County’s next brightest council member. I am confident she will work hard to become the best of the best.


Earl Brydson

Chair – South End Neighborhood Council”


On behalf of Suzanne, we’d like to thank the members of the South End Neighborhood Council for their continued hard work to make our community more equitable, and for their support in this important race. Share this message with friends and make sure to vote Suzanne Skaar for Pierce County Council District 5!

Candidate Suzanne Skaar with daughter.

Message from Philip Bradford

Philip Bradford speaking at a rally for SEIU 775.

The following is a message from friend and supporter, Philip Bradford:

“Suzanne has impressed me for years with her tenacious advocacy for the south and east end of the Tacoma Metro area. Her credentials are superior: Suzanne has headed international non-profit efforts, assisted injured workers to reenter our competitive job market and made it clear our growing economy will be accompanied by environmental responsibility. Her education, ability to think as big as our expanding county and capacity to diplomatically and professionally stand up to cynical attempts to set us back make her the natural choice. It’s her time.”

Philip Bradford, Work Opportunities and Health Care Advocate


Suzanne has worked hard for this community and will continue to do so in the role of the District 5 Pierce County Council Member. Please make a donation today and tell your friends why you support Suzanne Skaar.

Message from Wemba-koy Okonda

Wemba-koy Okonda (center in red shirt) in Kinshasa.

The following is a message from friend and supporter, Wemba-koy Okonda:

“I first met Suzanne when we worked for the University of Washington. I told her about my mission to help fellow Congolese refugees here in the United Stated and in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and my dream of starting a non-profit (Okongo). She immediately helped with outreach, research, writing, and design. She served on the board for a few years in a support role, and actively worked to encourage a board which was led by immigrants and refugees. Suzanne’s cultural sensitivity and real-world knowledge of community resources would be of great benefit to the residents of Pierce County. Please support her.”

Wemba-koy Okonda, Candidate for Democratic Republic of Congo Parliament

Support Suzanne today by donating online:

and please tell your friends why you support Suzanne for Pierce County Council District 5!

Message from Athena Brewer, SENCo Board Member

The following is a message from Athena Brewer, South End Neighborhood Council Board Member:


Suzanne Skaar is an ardent advocate for us all in her holistic approach to supporting equal opportunity community engagement, environmental sustainability, and empowering citizens from all walks of life through visibility and accessibility to local leadership for the energized generation of today.
If you’re sick of the status quo, and the same old actors who only rely on rhetoric, and instead you want to see more fresh female faces in leadership who bring dynamic real-world solutions to the table, vote for Suzanne Skaar!

Athena Brewer, South End Neighborhood Council Board Member

Athena will be hosting a House Party on July 13 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. for those who’d like to learn more about Suzanne’s campaign. Make your own Wood-fired Pizza and grab a drink at this limited seating gathering. RSVP to .

Details and directions will be sent with confirmation of reservation. There is a suggested donation of $25 in advance or $30 at the door.


Why Marilyn Kimmerling supports Suzanne


The following is a message from Ms. Marilyn Kimmerling, recipient of the Conversation’s 2018 Redeeming the Vision Civil Rights Award, on why she supports Suzanne Skaar for Pierce County Council District 5:

“I support Suzanne Skaar’s candidacy because we need members on our County Council who will represent the concerns of the working poor, immigrants, minorities, people with disabilities, and mothers — a person who is not beholden to corporate money and interests. Suzanne is a mother and knows that we in Pierce County need to do everything in our power to work for a sustainable future for our children and all the world’s children. Suzanne is articulate and smart and she is not intimidated by anyone.”

Help support Suzanne’s campaign today. Invite friends to like the Committee to Elect Suzanne Skaar page on Facebook, make a donation (online or by mail), and help share Suzanne’s platform with others.

Thank you!

Message from Supporter Kim Golding

The following is a message from Kim Golding, respiratory therapist and former Tacoma School Board Member:

“You won’t find a better advocate for the people in our community. Suzanne stays on top of current issues. She is a great listener. She knows the struggle of a working parent because she is one. To me, she stands out as the strong and motivated leader we need in office, one who doesn’t look to elected office as a career, but as a service because she wants to make a difference.”

Suzanne needs your support, too! Please share this message with friends, volunteer, and donate online:

Suzanne’s Platform


Suzanne Skaar is running for Pierce County Council District 5.

The voters’ pamphlet guide is available now, but read on for the following message from Suzanne:

I am asking for your vote and support for Pierce County Council District 5. As a working mother, activist, and South End Tacoma resident, my number one priority is accessibility. Gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, country of origin, and income level should not be barriers to participation in public and political life. Underrepresented communities must have a voice in local government.

We need to work together to address not only the symptoms of poverty (homelessness / underhousing, food insecurity, etc.), but the root causes. Many services which could be most efficiently provided by government agencies, such as affordable and rapid rehousing, mental health services, and emergency food assistance, are being outsourced to an increasingly strained network of non-profits. Our government needs to centralize services to prevent vulnerable individuals and families from falling through the cracks. Additional solutions include: assessing the county tax structure and its impact on services and poverty; providing incentives and job apprenticeship programs in the clean energy sector; strengthening our public transportation system; and partnering with the business community to narrow the wage gap.

We can accomplish great things with teamwork. Please reach out to me and share your ideas for Pierce County. Thank you.