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Pierce County Council comments on the passing of Claudia Thomas

Statement from Pierce County Council Chair Doug Richardson

The Pierce County Council was saddened to learn about the passing of former Lakewood Mayor Claudia Thomas. Claudia was an outstanding leader and the first African American female mayor in Washington State. She worked tirelessly advocating for the social service needs of our region. Claudia believed that our community would be stronger by supporting the youth of today and never gave up implementing that philosophy in all she did. Claudia was known for saying she was “seeking unity in the community.” We are thankful for her service and her legacy lives on through the many lives she touched.

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