For this episode Nate sat down with the outgoing, two-term mayor of the City of Tacoma, Marilyn Strickland.
Mayor Strickland came to power in the midst of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression and guided the city through tough times and into an era of uneven, but undeniable prosperity (sound familiar?).
The interview is a retrospective over her two-terms in office. Mayor Strickland discussed her successes/shortcomings, issues around homelessness, what’s next for her politically, and her thoughts about the upcoming season of Game of Thrones (warning: episode contains GoT Season 7 spoilers — she has a great take about all the women being in power).
She also answered questions from listeners: What’s the deal with China? Best tacos in Tacoma? Best Korean BBQ in Tacoma? What will/won’t she miss most about the job?
Also recommended: this piece from News Tribune reporter and friend of the pod, Candice Ruud.