Marilyn Strickland, candidate to represent Washington’s 10th Congressional District and the former Mayor of Tacoma, issued the below statement today on the passing of Harold Moss, who served as the 34th Mayor of Tacoma and was its first African-American Mayor in the city’s history. Mayor Moss was also the first African American member of the Tacoma City Council, and the first African American member of the Pierce County Council.

“The South Sound has lost a trail blazer, a lion, and one of its greatest public servants. Mayor Moss served in the military, ran a successful business, was a respected civil rights leader, and was a dedicated elected official. As Mayor of Tacoma and Chair of the Pierce County Council, he showed us what is possible while advancing social justice and opportunity in our region. The South Sound is a more just and equitable place because of Harold Moss. That is a legacy we must celebrate and honor.

“Harold was a mentor and friend to me and so many others. At every step, Harold cultivated leadership. He told us about the obstacles we would face as elected officials and public servants, but he also reminded us of our responsibility to our community and to those who fought battles to open doors for us. Like so many others, I was a better leader because of Harold’s encouragement, guidance, insight, and friendship.

“My prayers are with Harold’s family and loved ones as they mourn the loss of this amazing man and leader. He will be missed.”