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Jani Hitchen

Serving the communities of Anderson, Ketron and McNeil islands, Parkland, Steilacoom, JBLM, and the cities of DuPont and Lakewood.

I was honored to be elected in November 2020 to serve as the District 6 Councilmember.


My peers selected me to serve as Chair of the Human Services Committee, and I am a member of other Council standing committees, including Public Safety and Economic and Infrastructure Development. Additionally, I was appointed as Council’s representative to numerous regional boards and commissions. In 2022 I was appointed to the WA State Public Health Advisory Board and the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and People Task Force.

Prior to becoming a Councilmember, I was a professional educator working with teenagers in several Pierce County school districts. After substitute teaching, I spent 10 years at Lochburn Middle School in the Cloverpark School District, followed by 14 years in the Bethel School District at three different schools, ending my teaching career at Graham Kapowsin High School. My focus was science and technology.


I have lived in Parkland for almost 30 years and proudly represent the District 6 communities of DuPont, Steilacoom, Lakewood, JBLM, Parkland, Anderson, Ketron & McNeil islands and ultimately ALL of Pierce County.

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Community Conversations with Councilmember Jani Hitchen District 6

District 6 residents are invited to join me for an upcoming community conversation event to share with me issues or matters of interest related to our district. I hope you'll join me on one of the following dates:

Saturday, June 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Steilacoom Ferry Terminal, 56 Union Ave., Steilacoom

There is no set agenda, I will just be there to chat about whatever topic you have in mind. I am hoping that those that live in Steilacoom can walk or drive down the hill to meet me in person. For those coming or going on the morning ferry, you can drop by for a couple of minutes. 

Monday, June 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

James Sales Elementary, 1301 113th Street S, Tacoma 

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first 30 minutes I'll be available to chat about anything within the community. However, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the discussion will be on the Old Parkland School. My office was contacted by many community members about the plans for this historic building in Parkland and we want to give the community an update and time to brainstorm ideas.

Wednesday, June 8 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Virtual meeting via Zoom: www.piercecountywa.gov/District6Listens


I know that scheduling can be a challenge and some still are not comfortable meeting in person. Please join me virtually to chat about whatever questions, ideas or concerns you want to share regarding District 6.


I am hopeful that you are able to join me. My goal for these three opportunities is to provide a time and space to listen to the community. I don’t always have the answers, but if I don’t know the questions or concerns, I can’t advocate . All three opportunities are open to anyone in our community. If you can’t make one of these events, as always please feel free to give my office a call at 253-798-3308, or send me an e-mail.

Recap of March 10 virtual listening session

On March 10 I was joined by Pierce County and JBLM staff, and community members to discuss what supports we have in Pierce County for active-duty military members, veterans and their families. I learned about several different programs that we have, and how on-base and off-base programs intertwine. 

Below is a the slide show that was used for the event. It includes links, descriptions, and phone numbers for these programs. If you want to learn about some of the amazing resources that we have locally, please take a look.

Thank you to all that attended and to the panel that was there to share. We had a fantastic discussion.

Veterans and Military Listening Session

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Pierce County Human Services and the City of Tacoma have received funding for rental and utility assistance for tenants impacted by COVID-19 and behind on rent.

The purpose of the Rental Assistance program is to prevent eviction for Pierce County residents (including those living in the City of Tacoma) impacted by COVID-19 who are behind on rent. Applicants must qualify as low-income at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI), but priority will be given to those under 50% AMI. Assistance with utilities, garbage and internet is also available for those behind on payments.

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