John Hines is running for Tacoma City Council in District 1. He was raised in Tacoma, attended Tacoma public schools, and has decided to raise his family here.  John is currently a high school teacher and also a football coach at Henry Foss High School. Previously, he was a coach at Stewart Middle, Lakes High and Todd Beamer High schools as well.

Specifically, Hines promised to fight to make Tacoma more affordable, accessible and sustainable for everyone.  He recognizes residents are struggling to afford living in Tacoma and struggling even more to move around the city. He pledges to encourage smart growth, to bring more living wage jobs to Tacoma, and to support families and residents who are still struggling.

"I've doorbelled nearly 2,000 homes. Residents in the district have repeated the same concern to me over and over: they don’t feel heard and are hungry for new representation. I'm running to be their voice."

Hines’ vision for the Tacoma City Council specifically includes focusing development away from single family neighborhoods and toward under-utilized parts of the city. He believes that preserving neighborhood character should be a priority when considering development. This would allow for density and avoid rapidly increasing home prices and values that are forcing residents on limited or fixed incomes out of the city.


John has a master’s degree in Education and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound.  One of John’s passions is helping kids succeed.  He serves as the as the AVID Coordinator at Todd Beamer High School, a college readiness program for student needing to close the achievement gap.  John is also a board member and volunteer mentor of the College Success Foundation, an organization that improves college access to underrepresented students by providing scholarships and mentoring to low income, high performing students. In 2014, John was the keynote speaker for the Tacoma Empowering Youth Luncheon, and has been active on the Executive Board of the Federal Way Education Association.

John has been married for four years to his wife, Kelsey. Together, they are raising their son, Garyn in the city where John himself was raised. John has lived in Tacoma for his entire life. In high school, he was part of a union (UFCW Local 367) working at Safeway. In college, he was a security guard at the University of Puget Sound. In his free time, Hines runs marathons and is a trivia buff. In 2012, Hines was a semi-finalist on the game show, Jeopardy, during their Teachers Tournament.

John has lived all over Tacoma, from the South end, to the West end and now in the North end with his family.

On the Issues

  • Affordability

    We need to work to make the city more affordable by encouraging smart development and density. Additionally, we need to attract more living wage jobs to the city and support the workers and businesses already within our city limits.

  • Transportation

    We need to invest more in transit and systems like BRT. We should encourage bike-share systems like Portland and Seattle and look for dedicated revenue sources to fix roads and invest in our transportation infrastructure.

  • Responsive Government

    Unlike my opponent, everyone’s voice will be heard should the voters elect me as their next City Councilmember. I strongly belive in an “open door policy” where everyone has voice, and in transparency and responsive government. My principle to governing and leadership is best explained in an African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

  • Sustainability

    Our city could do more to protect our quality of life and make sure our policies are sustainable. Whether its investing in more transit, our infrastructure or working to combat stormwater runoff, I will work to make sure our city protects our environment and our neighborhoods.