Video Voters Guide Primary Election 2019 – City of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools


-Welcome to
the 2019 City of Seattle Primary Election
Video Voters’ Guide, your chance to hear directly
from the participants appearing on the August 6th
primary election ballot. This is an all-mail election. Instead of going to
a polling place, ballots will be sent
to all registered voters. All ballots must be returned
on or before election day. Each statement is up to
two minutes long and unedited. The speakers appear
on your screen in the order they will appear on the ballot. The candidates appearing
in these videos represent campaigns
for each of the seven Seattle City Council seats and three seats on
the Seattle School Board. Also included are speakers
representing proponents and opponents
of the Seattle Library Levy, Proposition 1 on the Seattle
section of your ballot. All the elective positions
included in this guide are nonpartisan. First up,
the Seattle City Council. The Seattle City Council is
the city’s elected legislature and is made up of nine
city council members — two at-large and seven who represent a geographic
district of the city. Each of the nine council members
is elected to a term of four years. Council members set policy
and further that policy by adopting the city’s
operating budget. The operating budget includes spending for
major city projects, public safety, human services, and delivery of both water
and electricity to city residents. The council also levies taxes
and enacts regulations. This year, the city of Seattle
will elect seven council members based on the city’s
seven geographic districts. All city voters will have
the opportunity to vote for one city council member
representing their district. The top two vote-getters
in each district will proceed to the November
general election ballot. ♪♪ -Hello. I am
a husband, father, and homeowner who
has lived in Seattle for over 10 years. I have
been repeatedly
disillusioned by the
ineffectiveness
of the city council. The people
in Seattle
deserve a council that listens
and looks past partisan politics
to deliver results. I am driven
and qualified to accomplish this. I have volunteered
as a trustee at the Fulcrum
Foundation,
as president of the Holy Rosary
School Commission, and as
a basketball coach at our local YMCA. For over a decade,
I worked for the Seattle
Police Department, spending several years in the
Policy Unit during
the consent decree. I have also taught
at Argosy University. Homelessness,
substance abuse, and mental illness
are citywide crises. I can bring
common sense and trust back to city
council deliberations on these topics. I will push for
keeping our city affordable without
further raising taxes. I will bring
accountability to the management
of city funds. The Seattle
I am fighting for prioritizes dignified, safe
living conditions. I am dedicated
to maintaining unity between SPD
and the community, improving transit,
and removing double standards
in our legal system. I want to make
our police officers feel valued
and empowered to do their job. I will address the
SPD staffing shortage so public safety
is improved. My top priorities
are homelessness, public safety,
and restoring accountability
in city spending. Solving
homelessness
requires space and services
for all the unhoused. This means creating
a regional network of immediately available emergency housing
with specialized social services
followed by enforcing the law
when campers refuse to either
accept services or move along. People will not be
allowed to live in illegal conditions. I will also push
for addiction treatment services,
not injection sites. I want intentional
development practices so that public
services and schools can accommodate
growth and population. MHA
must be revisited
so upzoned areas necessarily include
affordable housing and adequate parking. It’s time for
a new direction on the city council,
one that puts the voice
of residents first and delivers
improvements on our
local epidemics. I am committed to
being responsible to residents
and the leader our city needs
to move forward. Thank you. -I work hard
for District 1. I did bus service
to Alki, Admiral, and Highland Park,
restoring police community
service officers,
keeping the Concord Elementary
Learning Center open, and more hours
for Coleman Pool. No issue is
too big or too small. I’ve passed laws
against exhaust noise at Alki
and legislation to fix derelict
buildings in Delridge and South Park. I’ve worked with
Sound Transit so Light Rail
doesn’t tear apart
the Junction. I’ve increased
opportunity, better laws for
renters and workers, and a green jobs
career pathway so everyone has
a place to
live and work. I’ve gone to the mat for small business
all over the city, from Luna Park
and Fauntleroy, to the
University District and the
Central District. I insist
on accountability. When city hall
wanted $1.4 million to bail out the
Pronto! bike company, I said no. Now
downtown’s demanding a First Avenue
street car. It’s $143 million
over budget. I say, let’s
invest that money in real
transportation
infrastructure. I’m requiring
new oversight on big
construction projects. Government
can’t do everything. We must do
the important things and do them well. On addressing our
homelessness crisis, I led passage
of a $29 million bond to boost affordable
housing built in 2018. We’re requiring
developers for the first time
to pay for affordable housing
that’s truly
affordable. I’ve helped
families and seniors pay their bills,
stay in their homes, and prevent
homelessness before it starts. We must have
the political will
to do more. I’m endorsed
by MLK Labor, the King County 34th and 11th District
Democrats, Congresswoman
Pramila Jayapal, King County
council member
Joe McDermott, state senator
Joe Nguyen, and
Seattle council member Lorena González. I’ve lived in
District 1
for 19 years. My grandchildren
attend Sanislo Elementary
and Chief Sealth High. I hope
I’ve earned your vote. -Hello,
my name is Phil Tavel, and I’m running for
Seattle City Council, District 1 because
Seattle can do better. Four years ago,
we were talking about skyrocketing
costs of living, a lack of
affordable housing, more and more
people
living on our streets, traffic problems, and cost overruns
in civic projects. I have seen no
improvement in these and several
other issues while many
have gotten worse. It’s time to
make a change in our city’s
leadership. Our council
needs to listen to all of the
people of our city, not just
a vocal minority. We need to know
where our hard-earned taxpayer money
is going and what
we’re getting for it. We need to be
working
with the people in the businesses
in our community and not against them. It’s time to end
the divisive politics, restore
common sense
and moderation to our government,
and focus on
effectively, efficiently, and
equitably delivering services to the
people of our city. We have to change
the way we’re addressing
homelessness and the rise
in property and violent crimes. We must do
a better job
helping people with untreated
mental health
disorders and unaddressed
substance-abuse
issues. And we need to
properly fund
and staff our police department to ensure that
they can enforce all of the laws
of our city fairly and evenly for all
of us that live here. I will make sure
the bureaucracy and politics
do not keep us
from implementing common-sense solutions to these problems. I’m proud
to be supported by dozens of
the small businesses that form
the heart and soul
of our community. Just drive down
California Avenue to see all
the community
establishments like Husky Deli,
Talarico’s, Menashe Jewelers,
The Bridge,
and many more with my sign
in their window. They know
that I will listen, that I’m an everyday
part of our community, and that
I care deeply about making Seattle
a better, safer, and more productive
city for everyone. I’ve been
a business owner, a physics teacher,
a judge, and a public defender
for 15 years. I’m a
community volunteer and serve
on the board of the Morgan Community
Association,
Allied Arts, the Green Spaces
Coalition. I’m a renter, a
father of a 1st grader at Arbor Heights
Elementary, and youth coach
at West Seattle Bowl. I will bring back
moderation and common sense
to our council. I ask you
for your support and for your vote. Thank you. ♪♪ ♪♪ -Justice equals peace. You must remember that where there’s
no peace in a society, there’s no justice
in the society. My name is
Omari Tahir-Garrett, and I’m
running for
Seattle City Council, position number 2, in order to
solve problems. The major problem
facing us today is the
Native Americans
in their own land have been
dispossessed
of their land. We must return
their land back to the Native Americans the same way the
land in South Africa must be returned
back to the people. Julius Malema, the head of
the Economic
Freedom Fighters in South Africa, is working on
the same problems that
Native Americans have
in colonial America. It’s not easy to face
the truth about
America’s founding. Yes, the native
people were killed and Africans
were brought to North America
and enslaved. And ever since then, we have been
under the rule and
control of others. Gun culture
is one of the major problems
in America today, and the gun culture
comes from the fact
that this land was taken from
the Native Americans with the guns. We have a
big problem in Seattle with the
state legislature trying to give
the SVI building to the
Reverend McKinney, community
development PDA. You can’t
establish a religion as a dominant religion. Vote your conscience. -I’m Ari Hoffman. I’m a husband
and a father living in Seattle
for 16 years. I’m running
to serve the people of District 2
because like
so many of us, when I
needed help from
our city’s leaders, they weren’t there. We deserve better. We deserve leaders
that will serve
the people in Seattle by
investing in dignity. For those suffering
from homelessness, we need to renovate
and build short-term
emergency
supportive housing to get people
off the streets now. For those
struggling to get by, we need to
dramatically increase affordable
housing units with every
new development. Everyone deserves
to live in dignity in a place
they call their own. People need more
than just a space to pitch a tent
without access to even
the most basic hygiene or laundry services. For those suffering
from addiction, from physical
and mental illness, we need the dignity
of a robust healthcare and human services
infrastructure. We need addiction
and mental health treatment. We need to
bridge the gap between
health care professionals and the people who
need access to care. Our society
should not allow illness
to cause homelessness. The cost of living
has increased so much that yesterday’s
middle class is today’s
working poor. Every day, we see
more and more people slipping down
the economic ladder. We need leaders
who will not abandon working families
and small businesses, that will
prioritize opportunity, and promote policies
that help people achieve the dignity
of a living wage job. As a father of three, I’m committed to
public safety. Our firefighters
and police are being asked
to provide more services
with fewer resources. More firefighters
have died from suicide in Seattle than have
died from fires. We need
our first responders. We don’t often
encounter them until we really need them
to help us, to save us, but when
they are well-staffed and taken care of, they will
serve us all better. I want to write
policy based on results. I want to end
bad policies that waste
taxpayer dollars and invest in ideas that will
lift people in Seattle out of poverty. I am not interested
in whether a policy came from
the left or the right. I only care about
making our government work for the people
of Seattle. I’m Ari Hoffman. I’m ready to
go to work for you. I would be honored
to have your vote. Please check out
all my policies at
hoffmanforseattle.com. -Hi. I’m Mark Solomon, and I’m running
to represent you on Seattle City Council
for District 2. I am running
because I want every voice in
District 2 to be heard by our city government and for the needs of
our community to be met. With my knowledge,
experience, and the relationships
that I have built throughout my
29 years of service to our community
as a Seattle Police crime prevention
coordinator and as a retired Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel, I believe that I am
the best person suited to carry out this task. I know our community. I was born
and raised here. I know the concerns
facing District 2, and I know
how the city works. And I am prepared to
work for you from day 1 to address priorities
of public safety, homelessness,
affordability, and supporting
community business. Regarding public safety, I will allocate
additional funding to community-based crime and violence
prevention efforts. Further,
I will work with the chief of police
to promote comprehensive
community policing and relational
policing programs in our district. In response to
homelessness, I will allocate
more funding to diversion programs
to prevent people from becoming homeless
in the first place. Regarding affordability, I will champion efforts to minimize displacement of long-term residents in our neighborhoods and work to ensure
any fees paid into the Affordable Housing
fund from District 2 are used in District 2. To support our businesses, I will introduce
legislation to designate
a portion of the Equitable Development
fund specifically for small, commercial space
development and will work
to pursue tax credits for small
commercial space lease rates. Addressing
our city’s issues takes thoughtful leadership
that will seek input,
listen, collaborate, and act
in a timely manner, leadership
that will enact policies to make the city
safe, equitable, inclusive,
and functioning, leaders that are
accessible, responsive, and accountable to you. I pledge
to be that leader. Thank you for you time. And I ask
for your support and your vote
on August 6th. -I am the candidate
with the experience to offer
bold new approaches to our community’s
more urgent challenges — homelessness
and lack of affordable housing, limited career paths
for our youth, and increasing
negative impacts of climate change. I’ve worked
at the city of Seattle for over a decade
and am proud to have been
the energy behind the creation
of the first-ever Environmental
Justice Program at Seattle City Light. I have worked
directly with communities to advocate
for equity and justice. I intend to build
on that experience as the city council member to foster
transparency, equity, and
cultural accessibility across
city government. This starts
with facing head on one of our city’s
most visible challenges — our homelessness
crisis. Over the past
several months, I, along with
my husband and two young children, have volunteered
at Camp Second Chance. For our family,
this has been a transformative
experience to better know
our neighbors facing
the challenges of life on the street. We need to provide
more support for those programs that work
and continue to build upon those successes, but we also need
to do more to protect our existing
affordable housing units and meet
the city’s commitment to build 6,000 new,
low-income, and affordable
housing units. We will work
with regional partners, private businesses,
and nonprofits to consider
policies and funding while working
to stop the pressures of gentrification
and displacement so that all residents
can thrive in place. I have been blessed
to have the means to own a home
in Seattle and understand
firsthand the challenges and security that
come with home ownership. We must provide
stronger protections for our renters so
they don’t end up homeless. We can’t displace
people as quickly as we build
affordable housing. Lastly,
we know that we face a climate crisis. I believe
it is time to call for a Seattle
Green New Deal. This framework
can serve as a catalyst to fast track
the work underway at the city’s
climate action plan, creating jobs,
opportunities, and career pathways
for our youth to become
the next generation of environmental
and clean-energy workers. I’d be honored
to have your vote. My name is
Chris Peguero. -My name is
Phyllis Porter, and I am running
for Seattle City Council, District 2 because
I have lived through too many of the crises that the people of Seattle are now facing
and intimately understand why we need
a representative who has lived
the same experiences of those they
are hoping to represent at city hall. Seattle needs
a responsive, representative leader who will get things
done at city hall. As Seattle continues
to buckle under the pressure
of so many different crises,
it is more important than ever that we seek
practical solutions, not just platitudes. From the
Chinatown-International District to Rainier Beach,
people are at risk of losing their communities. As a renter,
I’ve experienced astronomical
rent increases that have made
staying here harder and harder. One of the
most important things we can do is to keep
people in the homes they currently live in
and provide more relief to their
increasing costs. Our unsheltered crises
need smart solutions that prioritize
keeping people in their homes and
mental health services. We need to be
better stewards of our resources,
prioritizing, finding new,
progressive revenues streams to build more housing
right here in District 2 and have places
to immediately house those who need it. I decided to
take up cycling and began to see
the city in ways I’ve never
seen it before. My eyes opened to
the dangers of south Seattle
streets, especially
Rainier Avenue. South Seattle residents have experienced
far too many casualties on our district’s
main arterial, and they happen here
more than anywhere in the city. Transportation access is an equity issue
we need to prioritize. Representative
leadership means electing people
who have lived through the experiences
of those they serve. I want to
go to city hall to be a responsive voice
to the community and implement
smart policies that help those
who need it most. My perseverance
and lived experience will help
make our community a better place
for everyone. I would be honored
to earn your vote so that we can make
District 2 work for all of us. I would appreciate
your vote on August 6th. -Hello,
I’m Tammy Morales, running for
city council in District 2. Seattle is at a
crossroads this election. Will we allow corporate
special interests to dictate local policy or will we shift power to the people
of our city? I’m a
community organizer, a long-time budget and policy analyst, and a mom
with two kids in Seattle
public schools. I’ve spent my career building
healthy neighborhoods with greater
food security, better housing,
and stronger protections for working people. I did this work
in coalition with many of our community organizations, joining to find
solutions and advocate for our district
priorities. That’s how I lead,
by joining with neighbors and those most impacted
to advance equity and shared prosperity. I’m running
to build power for the people
of District 2 so we all feel safe,
we all thrive, and so
we make decisions that are good
for all of us, not just
the most privileged. We know that
cities must lead the way in protecting
our communities. I’ll work
to create a city where we can live
without fear of displacement
by building more housing to serve
low-income families, seniors,
and to support the transition
out of homelessness. I’ll invest
in our young people, from those needing
more childcare options to students who
are transitioning to college or to union apprenticeship
programs. Together, we can
transition to
green building and better
transportation choices so we end our
reliance on fossil fuel, because we can’t
call it an investment if it destroys
the planet. And we must fix our
upside-down tax structure. I’ll work to find
the right mix of progressive revenue so we can stop
funding the city on the backs of our
low-income neighbors. For Seattle to thrive, we need wealthy
corporations to
pay their fair share. I’m proud to have
the endorsement of
grocery, healthcare, and warehouse workers who know my
commitment to
working families. I’ve been endorsed by Representative
Jayapal, State
Senator Saldaña, City Council
Members Mosqueda and González, and County Council
Member Larry Gossett, as well as the
Washington
Progressive Caucus, Latino Caucus,
37th District
Democrats, and the Sierra Club. I’m Tammy Morales, and I’m asking for
you vote so together, we can build power
for our community. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -Hi.
I’m Logan Bowers, and I want to
talk about what’s important —
you. You deserve a
council member
who listens to you and who represents
your community. Reciting my résumé
and endorsements doesn’t tell you
what you really
need to know — what’s my plan
to make Seattle
work for you. Over my lifetime,
I’ve had the pleasure of watching
Seattle prosper. However, the
city council has
failed to keep up. We’ve gone from
high-housing prices to
a housing crisis. We’ve gone from
housing instability to a
homelessness crisis. Our city faces
tough problems, but I am
a problem solver,
and I have a plan. I have a plan to
re-legalize housing that is affordable
throughout Seattle without cost to
you by authorizing
neighborhood-friendly density,
including duplexes and
triplexes citywide. I have a plan
to shelter our
unhoused neighbors because we currently only have
6,000 shelter beds
for 12,000 people. And the council
needs to approve not just
more services, but the kinds of
services that actually get people
off the streets. I have a plan to
make Seattle 100% walkable by
legalizing
grocery stores, restaurants,
and childcare centers in all neighborhoods. And I have a plan
to make Seattle
work for you. I’ve led
organizations
small and large, including building a neighborhood
retail store with my wife, Jerina. I am proud
that we were one
of the first in our industry to
offer healthcare
to our staff of 35. I know how
important it is to stop talking
and listen. And I know how to
do the hard work away from the
limelight to succeed. I get things done. I’m humbled to
have received the
most democracy vouchers
in this district. Your neighbors
know that I am here to listen to you,
prioritize your needs,
and get things done. Join your neighbors and vote for me,
Logan Bowers, to make Seattle
affordable, welcoming,
and equitable. -My name is Zachary DeWolf. I’m a citizen
of the
Chippewa Cree Nation. I’m a program
manager at All Home, which coordinates
homelessness efforts
across King County, and I serve
as a director on the
Seattle School Board, working on behalf
of students, teachers, and families
every day. And I’m running
now as I did
for school board for the 4,280
students experiencing homelessness
in Seattle
public schools. These students’
housing status and how they get around
absolutely affects their
public education, but schools alone
cannot address their needs
and opportunity gaps. Creating a Seattle
where these students and their families
and all of our neighbors
can thrive is deeply
important to me. But our current
representation isn’t working
for all of us. We need leadership
that urgently and successfully
drives toward
solutions, especially
on homelessness, housing affordability, transportation,
safety, the climate
crisis, and
public education. And in
native culture, we
often talk about the Seven
Generations Principle which says that
what we do now
must create positive and sustainable
and meaningful solutions for
today and
seven generations into the future. And in order
to do that, you deserve
a council member who shares your
values, has an
incredible work ethic, and someone who
has a record of
getting things done. As president
of the Capitol
Community Council, in alliance with
our friends from Chinatown-International
District, we expanded
law-enforcement
assisted diversion to both
our neighborhoods. We created the
country’s first
renters’ commission. We piloted
pedestrian-only
streets. We created a law
that requires
landlords to provide voter registration
to new tenants. And as your
school board director, I was proud
to have helped develop one of the
most innovative,
strategic plans in decades,
proud to embed racial equity
in our BEX V Levy, helped fix our
databases
for trans students, proud to adopt
science curriculum after
almost 30 years, proud to move
our work sessions out into the community. And I was proud
this year to lead on bringing
community
workforce agreements to Seattle
public schools, a
first in the state — commitments
I made on
the campaign trail to you and
followed through on. Just recently,
I passed out diplomas at the
Garfield High
School graduation. And
at this ceremony,
all 18 valedictorians gave a speech,
and in it, they implored
all of us to act. See, in 11 years,
in 2030, our earth will reach
a critical milestone for when we will
have needed
to drastically reduce greenhouse
gas emissions. It is up to us
to act urgently
on this issue and so much more
for the future
of these young folks and the
future of our city. I have the values,
the hard work, and the record
of results we
need right now to create a
Seattle we can all
be proud of for today and seven
generations
in to the future. -Hi.
I’m Pat Murakami. When I first
moved to Seattle,
I got a good union job, paid my way
through college,
earning two bachelors
and a master’s degree, I opened a small
tech company,
I worked hard, was able to buy
my first house in
the Central District and build a life
for myself. Unfortunately, the
same opportunities
aren’t available today. The American dream
seems further
out of reach than ever. Our district has
a shameful history of redlining,
gentrification,
and racism with residents being
overlooked and ignored. I want to provide
and restore
the opportunities in District 3
that allow everyone
to thrive. The American dream
is having a good job that can
support a family. I will expand
opportunities
for apprenticeships, create a website
to help individuals
navigate all the training and
educational opportunities
available, and ensure
protections for
workers across all industries. The American dream
is being able to
own a home. I will start
a home-buying program to help those now
excluded from ownership and protect seniors
from being taxed
out of their homes. I will tax
out-of-state
or -country real-estate purchases to pay for
affordable units rather than taxing us and assess fees
on Seattle’s many empty apartments
and commercial space. I will bring
an end to inadequate
in-lieu fees and demand
affordable units
in new development. The American dream
is being able
to start a business. I will make it
easier to start
or expand a small
business in Seattle and provide support
for immigrant,
minority, and women-owned
businesses. The American dream
is a community that has your back
when you’re in need. I will fight for
on-demand mental health and drug treatment. We must provide
results-oriented services
to help people, not just give those
suffering a
space to suffer in. I ask you to join me. We can once again
aspire to our
highest potential. You, too,
can have the
American dream right here in Seattle. If you
put your faith in me, I will dedicate all
of my energy to making Seattle the best
that it can be. I am Pat Murakami,
and I am ready
to fight for you. We can
do better together. -Hello, I’m Egan Orion,
and I’m running for Seattle City
Council in District 3. Today, I ask you to
join my campaign
for innovation, accountability,
and
pragmatic solutions for the very real
challenges
our city faces and to help me
celebrate the best of what Seattle
has to offer. I believe that in
one of the most
innovative places on earth,
anything is possible. I’m a
4th generation
District 3 resident. From the district,
I’ve started
two small businesses and a nonprofit.
I love Seattle. I celebrate it
every day. I celebrate it by
throwing the
biggest single festival day in
all of Seattle — PrideFest —
which in itself,
celebrates the best of our values
of inclusion,
diversity, and love. Through my work
in Capitol Hill, I celebrate small
businesses and all
that they contribute to a healthy,
vibrant community. In the
Central District, I celebrate
the diversity
of my neighborhood where gay
and straight
and black and white live side by side
and have taught me what it means
to be a good neighbor. To all my
District 3 neighbors, I vow to represent
your voice at council and be
accountable to you. Central to my
campaign is the
imperative to provide 24/7 low-barrier
shelter and
treatment on-demand for mental health
and addiction
to all who need it. Let’s use our
expanded
partnership with the county
to bond over
1,000 new supportive housing units
and vow to
bring them online within three years. Despite our
wealth and resources, we are letting
our unsheltered
neighbors languish on our city’s
streets. Let’s bring
everyone to the
table to remedy this human crisis
that the
current council has failed to
adequately address. We live in one of
the most innovative
places on earth. Let’s harness that
innovation to lead on climate change
policy by investing
in wind and solar incentivizing
green building
and remodeling, and by electrifying
our entire public
transportation system. While our current
D3 council member has moved our politics
further left,
she’s failed to do the hard work
to actually move
our city forward. I celebrate
our city’s
progressiveness, but will pair it
with a plan
and a coalition so we can actually
get something done. I believe that
with the
collective innovation and will available
in our city, we
can tackle anything. There’s so much
to do, so join me. Let’s get started. -I’ve used my
two terms in city hall to help build
powerful movements to win
historic victories
in the face of fierce corporate opposition. I’m proud to have
helped make Seattle the first
major city to win
the $15 minimum wage. I worked
alongside
movements for landmark
renters’ rights, such as the
move-in fee payment plan
so renters no longer need thousands
of dollars
just to move in. We established
Indigenous
Peoples’ Day, gained
crucial funding
for LGBTQ services, and won the first-ever city funds for
legal support for renters facing eviction. Seattle is rapidly
becoming unaffordable. The for-profit
housing market
has failed us. In spite of
a construction boom, our housing and
homelessness crisis remains among the
worst in the nation. That’s why Seattle
needs rent control free of
corporate loopholes. We also need a
massive expansion
of affordable social housing
paid for by taxing
big business, not working people
or small business. Seattle needs
a Green New Deal which can
create thousands
of union jobs. What’s at stake
this year
is who runs Seattle, big business
or working people? Last year,
Jeff Bezos bullied
our city to defeat the Amazon tax which
would have funded
housing and services. Now Amazon and
big business are
trying to buy this election
and have piled
$1 million into two corporate PACs. Their mission —
anybody
but Kshama Sawant. Why?
Because they know I am unshakably
accountable
to working people and because our
movement has shown
that when we fight, we can win. As a socialist,
feminist,
and union member, I am proud
to be endorsed by National Women’s
Political Caucus, by Sierra Club,
and by unions
in public schools, healthcare,
universities,
hotels, and by
postal workers
and laborers. I appeal to you to
join our movement to make Seattle
affordable for all. -Hi. My name is
Ami Nguyen,
and I’m running for Seattle City
Council, District 3, to ensure that we
work together
to create a Seattle for all of us. I’ve dedicated
my career
to public service to improve
the lives of others. As a public defender, I work closely
with people
who are homeless, struggling with
mental health, and
fighting addiction. As a
former tenant’s
rights attorney, I fought against
slumlords and
illegal evictions, allowing families
to remain housed and live
in better conditions. As a daughter
of Vietnamese
refugees who relied on subsidized housing and public
education as a child, I understand the
need for compassion and accountability
in our city council. No other
candidates
have worked on the ground like I have
to understand the root causes
of homelessness. My
unique experiences
provide me the skills to work
with community
and council members to address our
homelessness crisis. I’m advocating for
barrier-free
treatment so that our
family, friends,
and neighbors can receive
the help they need
to address their
mental health and
addiction struggles. As an expecting
mother, I want to ensure
that our streets are safe for walking,
biking,
busing, and driving. This requires us
to work together
with community members and SDOT to
implement a
comprehensive plan rather than
creating division. By working together, we can save lives
from traffic accidents and improve health
by reducing
carbon emission. I know that we
can work together
to ensure that seniors
can age in place and residents
can afford to
stay in Seattle. It’s our time
to have a
city council member who will listen
and fight for
our concerns. It’s our time
to have a city
council member who shares our
values and visions. It’s our city,
and we should have a say in
the future of Seattle. I’ve been endorsed
by the National Women’s
Political Caucus and the
King County
Young Dems. Together, we
can make Seattle
a place for all of us. It’s our turn,
our time,
our city. My name is Ami Nguyen, and I’m running
for Seattle City
Council, District 3. ♪♪ -I’m Shaun Scott,
and I’m running for Seattle
City Council,
District 4. The question
before us in this
election cycle is whether
we want to be
a city of compassion or a city of cruelty. A compassionate
city is one that
builds enough deeply affordable housing
for those already here and for
those on the way. A compassionate
city is one with
a fair tax code, where
working people,
renters, and homeowners
don’t shoulder a disproportionate
share of
our tax burden with regressive sales
and property taxes. It’s a city where
every Seattleite can enjoy
public parks,
free public transit, and mental health
and supportive
housing services. As a former
journalist and
editor of Real Change News
and a field organizer for Congresswoman
Pramila Jayapal’s 2018 reelection
campaign,
I’ve worked almost my entire life
towards studying
and organizing for policies
that make Seattle a more
compassionate city. I’ve been endorsed
in this race
by Cary Moon, the
Washington State
High School Democrats, and the Sierra Club
because of
my commitment to creating
a more
compassionate city. Some forces in
this city would turn us
into a cruel city, a city that wastes
$10 million a year on ineffective
sweeps
of the homeless, that displaces
Seattle homeowners and only builds
housing for
the richest among us, a city with
no treatment centers and no investment
in social services
for working families, like childcare. I think that
we can do better. I think that
we can have
a compassionate city. As a Seattle City
Council member representing
District 4, I’ll work towards
building
a compassionate city. And in the August
primary election, I’m asking for
your vote to help
build that city. Thank you. -Greetings, voters. My name’s
Beth Mountsier. I have ideas
about how to
improve and make Seattle better,
including
the thorniest issues facing
our communities. I’m running
because I have
a passion for working on these issues
and a wealth of experience
working with
our communities and elected officials
for 28 years at King Country
and Redmond,
and I want to do more. I’ve been
at the table when
we’ve been building a booming economy, coordinated
transportation, and infrastructure
for climate change. My training
and working under
these conditions and obstacles,
and then finding the most
elegant solution
with others within a budget
is my specialty. Some of you are
reeling
from what seems like impossible
problems — a lack
of affordable
housing, health and humanitarian
crisis
of homelessness. There’s a fear
the future won’t
be as bright for new Seattleites, but
we can share a
vision, take actions, and ensure this
city celebrates
and houses everyone. I’m a pragmatic
policy wonk,
a collaborator. I’ve worked on
solutions at
the elected level and out
in my community. One of my
proudest
accomplishments was working with
council member
Bob Ferguson to develop
and champion
the Veterans and Human Services
Levy in 2005. It provides housing, mental health
services, and upstream
investments in youth and families to
avoid problems later, and it’s helping
seniors, also. I have a
reputation as an
honest broker going back to
the ’80s when I
secured an agreement to replace
housing units that the convention center
wanted to tear down. I’m also out in
our neighborhoods
working with you and volunteering
every day. I’ve worked for
better housing, access to
music programs, helping
young adults find
a foothold and future here. Currently,
I’m board chair
at University Heights. Issues have answers, and I’m
confident that
Seattle’s innovators, entrepreneurs, and
pioneering families can lead
the West Coast,
if not the nation, out of
these challenges. Seattle neighbors
are generous,
compassionate, but want tools
and actions that
lead to solutions. I get that.
I’ll make that happen. Find out more
about me and my priorities
at my website. I invite you
to vote for an
experienced leader. Thanks. -Hi. I’m Emily Myers. I’m running for
Seattle City
Council in District 4. I’m a Parkinson’s
researcher at the University
of Washington and an executive board
member in my union of over 5,000
academic
student employees, UAW 4121. I’m also a renter
in the “U” District. I’m running for
city council because
we need a leader who will use
data and facts to make decisions
and deliver results. I’m a scientist.
It’s what I do. I have a plan
to make childcare
more affordable for all families
by making it
easier for people to open
high-quality
childcare centers, getting big
business to chip in and help
working families, and by supporting
childcare workers to get the
training they need. I have a plan
to reduce
homelessness in our region and
protect the health
and safety of all people
in Seattle. I will focus our
city’s spending on evidence-based
policies that
are both humane,
cost-effective, and preserve
the dignity of people experiencing homelessness. I have a plan to
make neighborhoods
more inclusive to people of all
incomes and increase
housing affordability. We must allow
housing options
like duplexes and triplexes citywide, and we must build
public housing with
progressive revenue raised by asking
big businesses with enough money
to pay their CEOs
$1 million a year to pay their
fair share so
that workers can live in this city. I have a plan to
make Seattle resilient to our changing
climate and truly
be a climate leader. Let’s complete
our transit plans
that focus on reducing
carbon emissions, improve east-west
bus routes, and build
green infrastructure to connect
our neighborhoods. Let’s make
green leases
the standard and create new,
climate-friendly
living wage jobs for Seattleites. Whether
we’re facing down
a climate crisis, a homelessness crisis, or housing
and childcare
affordability crisis, I’m the scientist
and leader
with the data and the solutions
to get things done. Vote for
Emily Myers
on August 6th. -Hi.
I’m Alex Pedersen, and I’m running
for city council to bring
accountability to
our city government. Many people have
lost faith
in city council because
of politicians
who don’t listen. I will listen
to the communities
in our district, and I will
deliver results
for your priorities. We should be
seeing better results
on homelessness. I will use my
experience to fund only the best
strategies proven to reduce homelessness
in other cities. I will maximize
mental heath and drug addiction
programs to achieve
real results on
this regional crisis. Compassion
requires results. To increase
public safety, city council needs
to support our
police officers and hold the
criminal justice
system accountable. Our city’s traffic
and roads are a mess. City council
must wisely invest
your tax dollars to move
the most people
by repairing roads, maximizing transit, and
improving sidewalks. After earning
a master’s degree
in government, I worked at
the Department
of Housing and Urban Development during the
Clinton administration to reduce
homelessness. My career
includes 15 years
in the private sector, preserving
affordable housing. When I worked
as an analyst
for the city council, I crafted legislation, creating the
nationally-acclaimed Seattle
Preschool Program, and I led efforts
to fully fund the Nurse-Family
Partnership
that empowers low-income moms
and their babies. As a progressive
Democrat
focused on results, I’m proud
to be endorsed by
former King County Executive Ron Simms, Tim Burgess,
Nick Licata, Ruth Kagi,
Daniel J. Evans, State
Rep Gerry Pollet, Poor Commissioner
Peter Steinbrueck, the 46th
Legislative
District Democrats, and by
neighborhood
businesses. I’m Alex Pederson, and I would be
honored
to earn your vote. -My name is
Cathy Tuttle. I’d like your vote for Seattle
City Council, position 4. I’ve got the
skills and experience our city council
needs now. I’ve raised
a family in Seattle, and I’ve worked
for the city. I have a PhD
in City Planning and a master’s degree in Anthropology from the University
of Washington. I was
Executive Director of
Seattle nonprofits. In the past
few months, I’ve knocked
on thousands
of your doors. What I hear
is this — if you are older,
like me, you want to age
in place. If you are young
and just starting
out in Seattle, like my two
adult children, you worry about
being priced out. You tell me you
are disappointed
in Seattle’s response to
homelessness and
affordable housing. You worry
about paying
property taxes, and you are
concerned about
climate change. These are complex
problems where I
will listen to you. That’s why
I’m running, to listen to you
carefully and then
to take action. But don’t just
take my word for it. The stranger
said it best. “Tuttle is
action-oriented. With a background
in Seattle’s
Planning Commission and in the Parks
and Recreation
Department, she knows the
ins and outs
of the system, and most importantly, how to
get stuff built.” As your district
council member, I promise to have
a local office with a full-time
staff member so you can swing by to talk about
local issues. I’ve been endorsed by the 46th District
Democrats, council members
Richard Conlin and Tom Rasmussen, by community leaders Ed Lazowska,
Alan Durning, Heather Trim,
Jerry Large, Inga Manskopf,
Jake Weber, and
many other people I’ve worked with
in my decades
in Seattle. I know how to
move forward with
complex projects for people
on time, on budget, and in ways that
will make District 4 and Seattle stronger. Thank you
for listening to me. Please remember
to vote for
Cathy Tuttle for Seattle City
Council, District 4. I promise to do
my best for you. -Hi, Seattle. I’m Frank Krueger, and I’m running
for city council in District 4. I’m a small
business owner, engineer, and renter
in Wallingford, and I want to use my skills and experience to make sure Seattle is a livable city
for everyone. We have
a growing population of homeless people, some by choice,
but many because the city
has failed them. Fixing this
will be a process that takes
time, money, and votes. We can work to
prevent homelessness with outreach and
treatment centers, and we can reduce the number of people living on the street with
low-barrier shelters and a housing
first policy. We can keep people from cycling back
into homelessness through long-term, personalized care
and treatment. To do that, I want to partner
with state and business
allies alike to fund
a bold plan — 1,000
new social workers to address addiction, mental health, and other barriers to stability. I am pro-income tax to pay for
ambitious social
programs like this, but that’s
gonna take time. In the short-term, I support
thoughtfully
crafted taxes on large businesses and streamlining
partnerships with
private companies that want to be a
part of our community and not just
take advantage of it. With increased
population and demand on public
infrastructure, we need to
acknowledge that both single-occupancy
vehicles and
single-family zoning are not
priorities anymore. Let’s open our
neighborhoods to everyone with new housing
and more transit. Seattle’s access
to renewable energy enables us to be a shining example
of a green city. Let’s welcome
protected bike and electric
device lanes and green public
transportation. We have the resources and the
responsibility
to create a climate-conscious
city. The engineer in me knows how to
find solutions when none
seem in sight. The businessman in me knows how
to make compromises and come to
a consensus
to make progress. Elect me,
Frank Krueger, and I will work
tirelessly to improve
this city for you. Thank you. -My name
is Ethan Hunter. I am running for
city council
in District 4, and I am often
asked, why am I here? I’m here because
Seattle lacks a
clear moral voice, calling attention
to the issues that
threaten our future. I am here because
we need safe schools where we teach
reading and writing, not duck and cover. I am here because
suicide rates among
15 to 24-year-olds are at
their highest level since 2000, and
action is required. I am here to speak for our
most vulnerable so they have
access to services that have been
stripped away. I am here
to support salaries that draw
exceptional
civil servants. I am here to fight the landslide
of unsheltered, a problem which
has increased
by 46% since 2017. I am here for
families like mine, devastated by
an opioid crisis that has spiked 70% in our area
since 2018. And I am here, for it is
time to make uncomfortable
decisions about things like
the environment so that we can
look back with pride in the 2050s at what we did
in the 2020s. So, when those
running the city and for council
want the issues to be places and things
instead of people, it is up to us
to stand up, speak up, and say, “This is not right.” That is why
I am here. And I do this
even though
others may take special interest
money, which I will not, even though
I am young and most have
more experiences, and even though
I am the only working class
candidate running. But the battles
we must tackle are generational. The battles
we must tackle will not
be solved easily or in a few years, but we are in
the battle
of our lives, and because of that, it is time for
the next generation to take the helm
in Seattle as is
happening nationwide. Thank you,
and I look forward to serving you
on city council. -Hi, D4. My name is
Sasha Anderson, and I hope
to earn your vote so we can
work together to make our city
more affordable, inclusive, and
climate-conscious. So, I was 8 years old the first time
I heard the term “trailer trash.” Walking to school, I overheard
a few classmates say that people
who lived in trailers were lazy
and worthless, and I was
so hurt and confused because their words didn’t match
my reality. My family lived
in a trailer, but my mom
is a nurse, and dad a
construction worker, and we worked hard for everything
we had. Around this time, I also
started realizing that I liked girls, not just because they were smart
and funny, but I also found them physically
attractive. So, here I am,
8 years old, realizing
I’m poor and gay, and now I
knew how poor
people were viewed thanks to
my classmates, but now how
gay people
were looked at. So, I started looking and listening,
and it turned out, gay folks were
disliked as much as the poor, not only that, so were
people of color and immigrants, and that was
just the tip
of the iceberg. And then something
happened that made me into the person
I am today. My 3rd-grade self
realized that other people who were different like I was had also overheard
similar conversations and were just as
hurt and confused as I had been. Immediately,
my feelings turned to anger
and indignation, and I made a vow that I would
always work hard to even
the playing field and fight for people who were being
hurt and left behind simply for
who they were. And that’s
what I’ve done. I became the first
person in my family to graduate
from college, working my way
through school to supplement
grants and loans. I’ve continued
working two and sometimes
three jobs to
make ends meet because
I’ve dedicated myself to public service
with the Peace Corps and nonprofits
such as EarthShare Washington and Big Brothers
Big Sisters. I made sure I got
my master’s degrees in Sustainable
Development and
Consensus Building. All of this I’ve
done in order to gain the skills
and experience needed so that I can get
a bigger platform and help more people. That’s what being on Seattle City Council means to me, working hard
for all of us. And I hope to earn
your vote on August 6th to make our city
more affordable, climate-conscious,
and inclusive. -Hi. My name
is Joshua Newman. I live
in Ravenna with my wife
and our four kids. I’ve been
a lifeguard, a preschool
teacher, and for the
last 13 years, an engineer
and union member of IFPTE 2001
at Boeing. I’ve coached my
sons’ baseball teams, served on the
board of my synagogue, and I’ve been the
president of both the Maple Leaf
Community Council and Seattle Subway. I’m a policy wonk, and I dig deep
into the data, but when we get
stuck fighting over this rule
or that street, we aren’t talking about
the big picture. We aren’t talking
about the fear
and uncertainty we feel
for the future. Our parents
and grandparents were confident
that our lives would be better
than theirs. How many of us
feel that way for our children
and grandchildren? It’s not clear
what will become of the city we love or if
our children will have
a place here. Seattle has grown by over
167,000 people in the last 20 years. Climate change
is already here. If Seattle is
to thrive in our
uncertain future, we need leadership
who can turn that uncertainty
into opportunity. We can do this
by staying true to our
progressive values and letting
some pieces of Seattle evolve. Our future
needs to be different
from the past in three
critical ways. First, cars are
not our future, and we need
to make it easy for most people
to get around without them. Second,
we have to build more homes
of more shapes and more sizes so people
can find a home to fit their needs, and so our most
vulnerable neighbors don’t end up
on the streets. And third,
we need to build enough
renewable energy in the next
10 years to match and replace all of our
fossil fuel needs. We can do
this together. If we are brave, we can manage
these challenges and plan
for the future. We can give
our children
and grandchildren lives that will be
better than our own. -My name
is Heidi Stuber, and I’m running
for Seattle
City Council, District 4 because I believe in a better future
for our city. I’ve lived in
Seattle for 16 years, in District 4 for
7 years with homes both in Wallingford
and Ravenna, and I raised
my son here. I am proud to
live in a city where we share
many liberal values. But lately, I’ve become
increasingly concerned that city council is disconnected
from the needs of everyday
Seattleites. This is
a beautiful, well-resourced city with people
moving here from all over
the world, and I look around
and think, “We have to be able to do better
than this.” We need a new kind
of leader in Seattle, someone who will
take action to solve the
big problems facing our city,
like homelessness, affordability,
transportation, and climate change, and someone who is
capable of taking a big-picture
strategic approach to ensure
we are creating a more livable,
affordable, sustainable city
right now and for the
next generation. I started my career as an environmental
science teacher in inner-city
Chicago. I earned my MBA at
Seattle University, and I’ve spent more
than a dozen years specializing in
organizational change, both in local
small businesses and at places like
Woodland Park Zoo and North Seattle
College. I’m also
an outspoken and effective
advocate for education
rights, autism, and have
worked tirelessly to protect special
education students, small businesses, and women
in the workplace. Seattle needs
a leader who will
get results. I bring a deep
personal history with advocacy combined with
the working experience and leadership style that means I know how to
get things done. I’m running to
bring balanced, common-sense
solutions to city hall and to speak
for families, small businesses, and regular
Seattleites just like you. Help me change
Seattle for the better. I hope I can
count on your vote August 6th. Thank you very much. ♪♪ -Hi.
I’m Debora Juarez, and I’m on the
Seattle City Council. I represent
the city, but I honor the
needs of my district, our district —
District 5. I’ve lived
in the north end for over 30 years as a renter and
as a homeowner. It’s where I
raised my children. I’m running
for reelection for
three reasons — I want to keep
listening to the needs of
our city in D5, I want to
continue to deliver the projects
and programs that support
our city and make it great, and I want
to finish the work
we’ve started. I’ve been a
lawyer for 33 years. I worked as
a public defender, legal services, a King County
Superior Court judge. I represented
two governors and many tribal
governments. I know how to
get things done, and I know how
to build things. Let me share
what we’ve done. We have a new $1.6 billion
world-class arena at Seattle Center at no cost to
the taxpayers. We’ve raised
$18 million for our new
Lake City
Community Center that will serve
elders and kids. And we secured a new NHL training
facility and headquarters located at
Northgate in D5 for jobs and
opportunities. And we
are fully funding the pedestrian
bike bridge that will connect
Northgate Mall to North
Seattle College. This is
a game changer for walkability
in D5. Homelessness is one of the biggest
issues we face. That is why
I’ve secured millions of dollars and directed these
funds to nonprofits that address
homelessness, addiction,
and mental health. In addition,
we are building 1,200 units
of affordable housing in D5. And you all know
how hard we fought to bring Light Rail
to Northgate. Now we’re
bringing it to 130th Street
Station. And we plan to bring that Light Rail
station in seven years
earlier. On public safety, I voted to add
40 new police officers to our force, and I will
continue to support a new police station in the north end. And sidewalks — I have delivered
12 new sidewalk projects in D5
last year, and we won’t
stop there. With that
being said, I am fiercely
optimistic about the future
of our city in D5. It’s been an honor
to represent you on city council, to be your
councilwoman, and I humbly ask for your support
and vote. Thank you. -Hi.
I’m John Lombard, and I’m running
for Seattle
City Council from District 5. This may be
the most important city council election in a generation
or more. Our city
needs leadership, leadership
that listens, that engages
with communities, that acknowledges
complexity, but isn’t
paralyzed by it, and that
isn’t guided by ideology,
either. I’ve been
a community and environmental
leader in District 5
for 17 years. I’m the author
of the book “Saving
Puget Sound.” I’ve worked
for years with other
community leaders across the district on crime,
pedestrian safety, affordable housing, transit,
and other issues. Homelessness is
the dominant issue of this election. Our city is facing
both a drug crisis and
a housing crisis. It’s
the drug crisis, not the
housing crisis, that’s causing
the biggest impacts on our
neighborhoods, from
property crime to needles, trash,
and human waste in our public spaces. The most affected
neighborhoods tend to be the
less affluent ones. We need to show
compassion to them as well as
to the homeless. I understand
this is complex. I’ve worked
on these issues professionally
as the liaison for homeless
services to the mayor
of Saint Louis early
in my career. As a
community advocate, I verged expansion
of programs that offer
case management and treatment as an alternative to the criminal
justice system where appropriate, but it’s not
always appropriate. District 5 needs
a council member who is directly
engaged with and accessible
to our communities, who is responsive
to constituents, and who is a leader
of the city council on homelessness
and other issues. We haven’t
had that. We’ve paid a price
for it, and so
has the city. It’s time
for a change. I’d be honored
to receive your vote. Thank you. -Sieg heil, Seattle communazi
fascist. Sieg heil, Seattle Council
and Mayor, our fascist
and clown, our crazy, Nazi,
Gestapo garbage rats from “Animal Farm.” I am
Alex Tsimerman, speak to you, Seattle, Emerald,
degenerate, super-smart,
freaking idiot. With Nazis
socialist Democrat and anti-Semite
principle, clean dirty,
stupid council chamber from this clown,
criminal, and killer. This cannot
go on forever. Stand up, Seattle. Stand up, America. We as a people
need to elect intelligent,
civilized businessmen who can bring
Seattle back to
normal life, who will stop
the crook who suck blood
and money from us and make us
life miserable, who will have
Q&A every month with the people
in each district, who does not
scared to talk to the people
frankly and honestly, who is not
a fascist, psychopath,
or lunatic, who is American
and respect and restore
our Constitution, love, and freedom
of speech, who is not scared
to open Bertha Landes
rooms in city hall one day per week for citizen
conversation and honest
candidate forum for everybody. We need to stop Nazi socialist
Democrat Mafia with progressive
Gestapo principle which have
brought Seattle to number-one
fascist city in America and
total collapse. Only pure idiot
don’t understand the one-party
system is always fascism. We need to clean
our government from dirty
garbage rats who drink from
fat Catholic. Stand up, Seattle. Stand up, America. It’s time
for real changes. -Hi. My name
is Mark Mendez. I’m running for
Seattle City Council because residents
of North Seattle are ready for
a new vision for District 5
and accountability. I was born and
raised in Seattle, and I’ve lived
in District 5, in Lake City
for 41 years. I’m a graduate
of U-dub and Seattle
University. I spent my life
and career working on
several local and global
equity issues. My father was born
in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, and my mom grew
up in Lake City. My great uncle,
Joseph Mayer, created the most
beautiful and historic Seattle
street clocks found in
downtown Seattle and all over the
Pacific Northwest. I have deep
roots in Seattle and deeply care about the city
I grew up in. I have a record of
getting things done by bringing
together and partnering with
a diverse group of people
and organizations to address the biggest
challenges in Seattle. I’ve worked
for several nonprofit education and
public organizations. I was co-chair of the North
District Council, on the board of Lake City
Neighborhood Alliance, and on the board of Meadowbrook
Community Care. I want to bring the
same motto of success I’ve had
working together with
community groups and organizations and apply
that motto to all
of District 5. Here is what
I’m focused on — affordable
housing and people experiencing
homelessness. Equity — bringing
more resources to underserved
neighborhoods. Youth —
more leadership, civic
participation, and career
training programs. Protecting
our environment. And five,
transportation — expanding
Light Rail and improving access and reliability in public
transportation. I worked very
closely with refugee and immigrant
families across District 5. I’ve created
and managed several
youth programs to empower
the next generation of leaders
in District 5, and I’ve worked
with community
partners to create
the Lake City
mural project to empower youth, support local
businesses, improve
public safety, build a community
with public art. Together, we can
make District 5 the best place
to live, work, learn,
and play. My name
is Mark Mendez. Thank you. -Hello.
23 years ago, I came to this
beautiful city. I was a single
woman coming to make my
future here, working for the Seattle
Supersonics team. I’ve lived here as a single,
carless woman and as a parent
of two kids. I’ve been a tenant, landlord,
and homeowner. I’ve been
an employee as well as a
small business owner. I’m now a lawyer while raising
my kids in District 5. I’ve also worked with
the United Nations in a Cambodian
refugee camp along the
Thai-Cambodian border. But what’s
currently happening in our streets
is far worse than the conditions
in that camp. For as long as my
8- and 10-year-old could ask, I’ve been
answering their difficult
questions about
what they see on the streets
of their hometown. I’ve watched
Seattle change throughout my
children’s lifetimes. The two
defining factors have been
a city council that fails to
take meaningful action and unresponsive
council members who leave
unanswered questions, e-mails,
and residents feeling like their voice
doesn’t matter. No more. That is why I’ve
decided to run. We need a new
Seattle City Council. We can and must do
better for our city. We can see help directed to those
in need on our streets by using emergency
relief response. Instead of
public camping, we can bring
people off the streets and into
FEMA-style shelter for
needs assessment to get them help. We can imagine
and have a litter-free city with green spaces that are open
to everyone. We can enforce
our laws, support first
responders, and prioritize
safety for the public. Instead of
open-air drug use and drug
injection sites, we can push for
on-demand detox, shortening
wait times for underfunded
treatment programs so those struggling
with addiction can get
medicalized help and long-term
rehabilitation. We can do this with the new
Seattle City Council. I’ll match my
vision for our city with three
pledges to you — I pledge
to take the time to listen to you, I pledge to hear and understand
your concerns, and I pledge
to respond and act on
those concerns. It’s time
to be serious about change in
our city leadership, and that starts with the new
city council. This is a turning
point for Seattle, and I’m ready
and passionate about making
these changes for the city we
know and love. So, let’s do
this together. I ask for your
vote on August 6th. -Thank you for
taking the time to research
your potential city council
members. My name
is Tayla Mahoney, and I am honored
to be running for the District 5
council position. I was born and
raised in Seattle, and I love our city, but there
are many things that need
to be changed. First and foremost,
we need a council that listens
to its electorate and responds with
decisive action, transparency,
and accountability. Every citizen
who speaks out deserves a council that will
respectfully and actively
listen to them. We also need
a police force that is empowered
to protect our safety. We can reduce
lawlessness and addiction
in our city by increasing
prosecution of property crimes and illegal drugs. In our
well-intentioned efforts
to show compassion, we have gone
to the point of leniency
and enabling. Growing and
retaining our police force to provide
rapid response will only
be possible when the city
stands behind our law
enforcement officials. We need housing
that is affordable to average
citizens. We need to
shelter and treat our most
vulnerable populations with effective evidence-based
policies that decrease
recidivism while protecting
taxpayers. I think interagency
cooperation is critical. I will ensure
an ongoing coalition between
the city council, law enforcement, and social service
providers to develop
wholistic strategies that combat the
cycle of homelessness. Interagency
cooperation will streamline
services and cut costs. I believe our
local government is here to
provide protection, infrastructure, and honor
the requests of its
constituents. I’m running
to restore Seattle to its
full potential, to fight for our
District 5 community and the city
as a whole, to advocate for
greater public safety, more affordable
housing, effective
responses to homelessness, and better
transportation. In short,
I’m running for more
of what works and less
of what doesn’t. ♪♪ ♪♪ -Hello. My name
is Joey Massa, and I am running for Seattle
City Council as an independent
progressive. Throughout
my campaign, I’m often asked what progressive
means to me. American
progressivism is rooted
in the belief that government
should function as a living body adapting to the
needs of its people. And I know
that my neighbors join me
in my commitment to addressing our city’s
most critical issues, which are summed
up in my platform focused
on public health and safety,
transportation, and crafting a
truly progressive plan for our city. My work
in public safety will begin by establishing
a baseline of shelter
and facilities for our
unhoused neighbors. In addition
to providing access to basic
human necessities, such as restrooms
and security, we will finally
gauge the true scope of our
homelessness crisis. Improving our
city’s transportation will start
by working with
regional partners to expand
our vital network of varied
and functional transit systems. I want to grow transit options
that work and are
demonstrably
cost-effective, such as adding Ballard and
Lake Washington routes to our
water taxi system. Finally,
American progressivism is what ties
my platform together, and to that end,
I will work to protect your
rights to privacy regarding
facial recognition and other
mass-data gathering, ensure our
residents’ rights to fair wages
and benefits, and while
establishing a forward-looking
plan to shore up our
city’s infrastructure, my commitment
to reducing Seattle’s
environmental impact will be paramount in every
decision made. We have
no room to regress. Thank you so much
for your time. Again,
I’m Joey Massa, running
for City Council in Seattle’s
6th district. -Hello. My name
is Sergio Garcia. I’m a police
officer in Seattle, and I live
in Phinney Ridge in a rental home
with my wife, Maria, and Boston Terrier,
Batman. I’m a
first-generation
American, son of a carpenter
and a housemaid who both migrated
to this country seeking
a better life for their family. After watching
my parents struggle holding
on to multiple jobs and knowing
there were millions of others
like them, I knew
I wanted to help and give back
to my community. At the age of 21,
I became a police officer
in South Florida, and after
over a decade of dedicated
public service and endless miles of traveling
the world, I had stumbled
upon a huge problem. I visited
and fell in love with a city by
the name of Seattle. I knew right away
that I’d move here and would
raise a family in this
enchanting utopia who welcome all, regardless
of their gender, race,
religious beliefs, physical
limitations, nationality,
sexual orientation, or identification. So I did. I moved here
and began working in the neighborhoods of Ballard
and Fremont. I immediately
made it my mission to get out and walk
the foot beat in order
to get to know everyone in
the neighborhood. I was able to
build relationships and gain the trust from all those
living, working, and enjoying life
in our district to those
less fortunate sleeping
on our streets dealing
with issues such as
mental illness, displacement,
and drug addiction. It didn’t take long for me to
become frustrated with the lack
of affordability, traffic congestion, our fragile state
of public safety, the homelessness
crisis, and seeing
all the suffering due to the
various injustices this growing city
is experiencing. I knew I wanted
to do more. I knew that with
my boots-on-the-ground experience
and perspective, I’d be able
to provide a more practical,
accountable, and humane
approach to addressing
said issues. You all trust me during your most
vulnerable moments in the intimacy
of your homes with my ability to find reasonable
and practical solutions
to your problems. I’m optimistic that
come election day, you will also
trust in me to do the same
for Seattle, and doing so while
giving a voice back to the people
in our district. Remember,
everyday problems get solved by
everyday people. -I’m Heidi Wills. I’m running for
District 6 residents and
small businesses who want safe
neighborhoods, for seniors
who built Seattle and are being
priced out of their homes, and for children who deserve
clean parks and open
community centers. My family’s lived
in the district for 16 years. As a
small-business owner and a nonprofit
director, I have the
right experience to take on our
biggest challenges. I have a proven
track record of results. I was on
the City Council 20 years ago when I expanded
energy-rate assistance so more low-income
people could qualify. I led investments
in renewable energy. I worked
to expand transit and provide more
affordable housing and human services. Our city needs
to be smarter about addressing the root causes
of homelessness. Seattle can’t solve
this crisis in a silo. We need
a collaborative regional approach
to provide services, especially
mental-health and
treatment-on-demand. We need
short-term housing solutions
like modular homes and long-term
solutions like permanent
supportive housing. We need to focus
on basic services, the humble acts
of local government that directly
impact our quality
of life. Public safety
is a priority. Our police
department is small compared with
cities our size. We need
to address vacancies stretching the
department too thin, a lack of
diversion programs, and prosecution
of repeat offenders. We need more
transit service and safe
pedestrian/bicycle infrastructure. Seattle must
take bold action on climate
protection to reduce
our carbon footprint. We need more
affordable housing of all shapes
and sizes for people
of all incomes so teachers,
nurses, and firefighters, who contribute
so much to our city, can afford
to live close to where
they work. My name
is Heidi Wills, and I ask
for your vote. Thank you. ♪♪ ♪♪ -Hi.
My name is Terry Rice, and I’m running
for Seattle
City Council in District 6. I’m running as
the true progressive in this race. We need to take
bold steps and think
long-term in order to solve our city’s
toughest problems. I’m talking about
doing the hard work of tackling
the root causes of our most
intractable problems, problems
like reducing the number
of people experiencing
homelessness, creating more low- and
mid-income housing, strengthening
and investing in mass transit, and addressing
climate change in a meaningful way
at the local level. It is not
possible to solve the homelessness
crisis without addressing
housing affordability, but that
doesn’t mean that there
isn’t a lot we can do to bring people
inside right now. First,
we can invest in work programs that we know
already work, like upstream
diversion. This means that if a family
or an individual is about
to become homeless because of a broken
car or a sick child, we step in
and give them a rent or transportation
voucher. This $600 or $900
is often enough to keep a family in
a home that they have, which is the
right thing to do, and it’s the
fiscally responsible thing to do. The city
needs to build more low-income
housing. This is
a long-term plan, and without doing the hard
political work of building more
low-income housing, we will not exit the homelessness
crisis. Some of this
publicly financed low-income
housing needs to be built
specifically for people who have severe and chronic
mental illness and/or severe
and chronic drug addiction. If we want people
who are facing these hardships
off of the street, then we must give
them a place to go. Arresting them
won’t work. This is also the morally
right thing to do and the fiscally
responsible choice. We need to expedite
and expand light-rail, connect our
bike lanes, make metro the easy
choice for people. Gridlock
will be reduced by improving access to and investing
in mass transit. The biggest threat
facing our city and every
other city is climate change. We need
bold action, and we need it
right now. If elected to
the City Council, I will push for
the wholesale adoption of Portland’s 174-point
Climate Action Plan. If we ramp up
our investments in reducing
emissions today, we can get to zero
emissions by 2050. If you want a
pragmatic progressive on the City Council, vote for me,
Terry Rice. Thank you. -My name
is John Lisbin, and I’m running for Seattle
City Council
District 6 to empower
our neighborhoods, engage all voices, and bring
accountability back to Council. On the
campaign trail, I’ve heard
repeatedly that residents
do not feel as though
their current City Council
hears their concerns. If elected,
I’ll bring thoughtful,
pragmatic solutions to tackle
the growth-related issues facing
Seattle today. Our city
is expanding rapidly, yet the City Council is not managing
this growth in a balanced way. That’s why
I co-founded Seattle Fair Growth, whose mission
is to maintain Seattle’s
livability during this time
of rapid growth. I’m the only
candidate in the race who has worked
to appeal the MHA and called for
the City Council to include
the unique needs of each
neighborhood development plans. Housing developers
must pay to offset the costs
of infrastructure, parks,
and roads. Seattle residents
deserve a voice in shaping
the changes to their
communities, and policies
must ensure Seattle is
livable for all. The
city’s response to homelessness
hasn’t worked. People shouldn’t
be living in
the streets, especially when
Seattle’s economy is booming
as never before. As an entrepreneur and former
small-business owner, I understand
that investments now will save
money later. We need proven
solutions for homelessness like the
Housing First model and disrupting the
cycle of homelessness before it starts through
rental vouchers, transitional
housing, job training, and
domestic-violence
support programs. Every day,
we see the evidence that what
the Council is doing isn’t working. The time for
action is now, and I’m prepared
to roll up my sleeves and get to work. My name
is Jon Lisbin, and I would
be honored to earn your vote for Seattle
City Council District 6. -Hi. I’m Kara, the citizens’
candidate. I’m not a
professional
politician. I’m a tax-paying
homeowner in North Seattle. I’m asking
for your vote. I have lots of
relevant experience, some that no
other candidate has, as a sort of
citizen on the ground for decades in
the grassroots. I’ve been active
for 40 years, since
Three Mile Island, through the
Great Peace March, the first
Iraq war, pesticide
spraying, the first
international
Earth Summit, and the LA riots, all when living
in California. But 26 years ago, I became
a Seattleite, worked on
Hanford issues and fundraising
for campaigns like Jerry Brown’s
“We the People” and WashPIRG. I was recruited
to run for state leg in 2000 as a Green and later
was elected the chair of the
state Green Party. After a few years
as a Green, I became a
total independent. I am not beholden to any group
or interest. I want to serve
the people. My husband and I owned
a small business, Not a Number
Cards & Gifts, and in ’05, I was elected to the Wallingford
Chamber of Commerce. As a five-year
president
and director, I got the city
to listen more. I formed
collaborations with community
groups, brought in
the farmers’ market, and co-wrote
an editorial for
The Seattle Times
urging a healthcare
plan for businesses related to what would become
Obamacare. I bring disparate, disjointed
sides together, and that’s
especially urgent now. Nationally
and locally, we’re growing apart. I believe in
our founders’ desire to seek
a more middle ground and work together, but this is
probably time for overcompensation to right the ship. We have too
many urgent issues, not enough action, and that’s
why I jumped in. I can’t stand
reinventing the wheel, and money must be
spent more wisely. All people
must be considered, not just developers. Our City Council
has done some good, but more
must be done. I ask questions and am not afraid
to dissent. Let’s hold the
city accountable and end
the Seattle process of talking. We need more action. Vote for me — Kara Ceriello,
District 6. -My name
is Dan Strauss, and I was born and
raised in Ballard. I’m running
because I love
this community, and I know
that together, we can guide
Seattle’s growth to build a
sustainable, affordable,
and equitable city that works
for everyone, whether
you’ve been here for one year or 40. I’ve dedicated
my life to public service. I served
with AmeriCorps in low-income
communities all across
the nation, working on
projects from
disaster relief to after-school
programs. I have nearly
a decade of legislative
experience, and I know how to
make change happen. My everyday job is to bring
different levels of government, community
organizations, and people
together to
solve problems. I’ve already
coordinated work groups
with the state, county, city, port, Sound Transit,
and community to successfully fund transportation
projects, develop green
building codes, and improve
our parks. As your next
Council member, I’ll use
my experience to serve you. I worked on
gun-responsibility
policy, passing the
Extreme Risk
Protection Order, and on City Council, I’ll continue
to implement gun-violence
prevention by investing in community-based
programs that intervene in the cycle
of violence. I’ll tackle the homelessness
crisis head-on by advocating for Housing First
policies that bring people
experiencing
homelessness into four walls
with a door that locks and is connected
to the services and care they need. I’ll build a connected
transit network with dedicated lanes so that buses
aren’t stuck
in traffic. And I’ll work
to complete our
bicycle master plan with protected
bike lanes. I was hit
by a driver while riding
my bike, and I know the
importance of safe and separated
infrastructure. I’m committed
to opening a district office so that you don’t
have to go downtown to have
your voice heard. I’ll prioritize
constituent services so that
if you get stuck in the
bureaucratic gridlock, my office
will be there to help you
through it, to get
you solutions because I’ve got
your back. I have deep roots
in our community, and I’m endorsed
by community leaders, labor unions, local Democratic
organizations, and current
and former elected officials. I ask
for your support and for your vote. Thank you. -Hi. My name
is Ed Pottharst, and I’m running for Seattle
City Council
District 6. I speak
a little differently because of a
lifelong hearing loss. I hope that
you’ll lean in a bit to hear what
I have to say. I have worked for
the city of Seattle for over 30 years. Through
my work with
Seattle City Light, Neighborhoods, and Parks
and Recreation, I know how to get
city departments to collaborate
with residents, businesses,
and community groups to get
action taken and progress
accomplished. I know how
to help people navigate their way
through the maze that
city government sometimes can be. With my leadership, we are going to
move city departments into action now on the urgent issues of affordable
housing, homelessness,
transportation, growth,
and climate change. Developing local
community partnership is the most
immediate and
efficient means of addressing
affordable housing and homelessness. Providing
sustained funding to local
community teams and mental- and
behavioral-outreach workers and
community members, especially in neighborhood
business districts, is what we need
in partnership with people
who are homeless to help them
find housing, education, and
living-wage jobs. Seattle is growing and becoming
more dense. Additional
public services and amenities
are required. Development
impact fees are long-overdue
in Seattle and would help
pay for them. Climate change is the defining
issue of our time. The urgency is now. A road-use payment
system with equity as a priority would lessen
traffic’s congestion, improve
air quality, reduce
carbon emissions, and encourage
people to use transit, ride-sharing,
and bicycles. Incentives
for onsite solar electrical
generation and energy storage in commercial and
residential buildings would also reduce greenhouse-gas
emissions. I welcome your
thoughts and ideas on how to address the challenges and
opportunities ahead for District 6
and our city. I would be honored
to have your vote and the opportunity
to serve you as your Seattle
City Council member. -Hello.
I’m Jay Fathi. I was raised
in North Seattle by a single mom who worked hard to find both
affordable rent and family-wage
employment. My dad was an
immigrant from Iran when America welcomed those who sought freedom
and opportunity. These are the
values my wife,
Joelle, and I are instilling
in our two sons. As a doctor
who has been dedicated to
community health in Seattle for
nearly three decades, I’m the
only candidate who has
provided care to low-income,
homeless, and vulnerable
populations in our city and expanded
affordable healthcare to serve thousands
across our state. That unique
experience is critical
to tackling the public-health
crisis on our streets. There are
no easy solutions, but inaction while
unsheltered people and our quality
of life suffer is inexcusable. Serving
our community as a family
physician, I’ve also learned
to first listen when
solving problems. I’ll bring
that same approach to the Council. Seattle
is a wonderful city with a progressive
commitment to equity
and innovation, but too often,
our Council doesn’t seem
to listen. In particular, the disconnect
between City Hall and the problems of neighborhood
crime must end. Everyone deserves to feel safe
in our city. I’ve also
volunteered
in our schools and served as
medical director at the Ballard
High School
health clinic. As a proud Seattle
public-school
graduate with
my own two sons in public schools, I will advocate for our students
and educators. I believe that Seattle’s growth
is both energizing and marginalizing, forcing
young families and seniors out of
our neighborhoods. I’ll target growth along new transit
and urban centers, build
affordable-sized family homes, and help seniors and fixed-income
households. It’s time for new, experienced voices
on our Council to address our
complex challenges with a focus
on the needs of our
neighborhoods. I am honored
to have the
endorsements of SEIU
Healthcare
1199 and 775, UFCW 21, and former mayor
Tim Burgess. But the support
that means the
most to me is from my
neighbors across
the district. I would be honored
to earn your vote. -Hi. My name
is Jeremy Cook, and I’m running for
Seattle City Council because
we need people on the Council who will address
the city’s problems with
straightforward
solutions. The biggest issue
we face right now is the number
of people who are openly
using heroin and
methamphetamines. They freely discard their needles
and trash, as well
as defecate on the streets,
sidewalks, and other
public areas. These people
are also committing thefts, muggings,
and assaults to pay
for their drugs. We need to tackle
this problem head-on. People
who are caught with small amounts
of meth or heroin should
be offered treatment the first time. If they decline
treatment, they should
be arrested and forced
into long-term correctional
programs that are
outcome-driven. These programs
have proven to work
in other areas, reduce recidivism
as well as addiction, and in
the long-run, save
taxpayers’ money. This would
also discourage others from
coming here to freely
use drugs and victimize
people. Many
of these people are not
from Seattle. We also need
to find ways to more
intelligently use taxpayers’ money and work within the city’s
$6 billion budget. Just because it’s
an expensive idea doesn’t mean
it’s a good one. We don’t need a $400 million
police precinct or a $285 million
streetcar that only runs
for two miles. I would also
like to repeal some of the city’s
most regressive taxes, including
the bag tax, sugar tax,
and ammo tax. We need to get
Seattle moving again by reprogramming the city’s
streetlights for speed
and efficiency rather than
purposely slowing them down to
appease bicyclists, who account for
a very small percentage
of commuters. We should
also consider more yellow
left-turn
caution lights and look
at other ways to reduce people’s
commute times. For more information, please visit
my website, cookforcouncil.com. Thanks
for watching, and I would
appreciate your vote in the
upcoming election. -Hi. My name’s
Melissa Hall. I live in Fremont
with my wife
and daughter, and I’m a
candidate
for District 6 on the
Seattle City Council. I’ve always
wanted to make cities better environments
for people. During
undergraduate, I studied geography, and after that, I
went on to law school, where I focused
on land-use and state and
local government law. I’ve worked to stop
the sewers under Birmingham,
Alabama, from leaking. I’ve been part
of Florida’s emergency
management team. And I’ve traveled
to small towns
of Virginia to enforce
floodplain development
standards. Most of my career
has been in state and
local government because that’s
where government has the most
direct impact on people’s lives. I’m running because
I believe in Seattle, the place where
my wife and I moved because here,
it felt safe enough for us to have
a child together. But we can’t be
that sanctuary
for others if people can’t
afford to live here. We need to build
more housing and more
affordable housing to be sure
everyone has a stable, safe place
to call home. We’re going to
need to do more housing
with less land and make
our neighborhoods and urban centers
more dense. When we build
dense enough, a big city becomes
a group of small towns that all happen to
be next to each other. To get there,
we have to
ramp up density, transportation,
and services together. Cities are also
places where
people move, so our transit
and roadways need to account
for the needs of all of the users. We need efficient
information services, so I support municipal
broadband Internet. We’re also people
who want to find a way to care for
all of our neighbors. I support policies
and programs that respect
the autonomy and agency
of our neighbors who are
experiencing
homelessness and prioritize
harm reduction. We also need
eviction reform and more support for pre-eviction
diversion programs so that people
with housing have a better chance
of keeping it. Most importantly, it’s my belief
that cities that care for their
residents best are cities
that plan with, not for,
their citizens. As a commissioner, I will not pass
any legislation that affects
marginalized
communities without
the direct feedback of those
communities. Thank you. -Out on
the campaign trail, people share
their frustrations, and I assure them that I represent
the change we need to see
on the Council. Political ideologies that prolong
the misery of the unsheltered
are cruel. Ignoring
the consequences that communities are facing
is unacceptable. How is it that
our city budget has gone
from $4 billion to $6 billion while
basic services go unprovided? We’re
600 cops short of a full force. Our infrastructure
crumbles because
we don’t budget for maintenance. A rail fetish
busts the bank while we
lack sidewalks and adequate
bus service. I’m a
small-D Democrat, conservative
progressive, and designer
and planner with plenty
of problem-solving
experience. I’ve been involved in neighborhood,
city-wide, and school-district
issues for decades. I have a passion
for public policy and a deep
understanding of the issues. I know that owning
the house you live in and the land
you do business on is the answer,
not the enemy. City Hall’s
plan for growth that displaces
everyone that’s already here
is ridiculous. Their determination
to set the table for global
investors so that we’re
what’s for dinner is corrupt. The city lavishes
upon themselves the kind of benefits the rest of us
would like to enjoy. We could open
the city of Seattle’s self-insured
healthcare pool up to anyone
living or working in Seattle who
wants to buy in. This would
benefit residents, workers,
and small businesses tremendously while costing
the city nothing. And there are
so many more ways we can move into being a city
for the future, a city that has
the back of its residences
and small business, not special
interests. My name
is Kate Martin. I seek your support so that I may
represent District 6 on the Council. Your democracy
vouchers, volunteer efforts, and vote will
assure my victory. Please visit putkateonthecouncil.org for more
information. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -I’m James Donaldson. I’m worried about
my beloved Seattle, where one bad
decision after another have hurt
our quality of life, our communities,
our businesses, and our future. Seattle
isn’t dying, but it’s sick. 1% of Seattle
residents are homeless, and we have an
enormous drug crisis. City policies have only
made things worse. I promise healing. I promise
a return to greatness. I’ve learned
a few things, and I’m not afraid to use
my own personal, deeply painful
experiences and apply
my life lessons to helping people who are unable
or unwilling to help themselves. I came to Seattle
40 years ago, starting a 20-year
pro-basketball career with the Sonics. Midway through, I became
a small-business owner of several
physical-therapy
clinics, healing bodies
and helping people to return
to normal lives. After
a health crisis, I became
a passionate advocate for mental health and suicide
prevention. I’ve been there. I know the level
of support it takes to not give up. When they are ill,
people can’t make the best decisions
on their own. I promise you
that we will improve
public safety. I promise you
that we will protect and expand
public parks. I promise you
that we will protect business
districts and jobs. I promise to
build new bridges, accessible
to all modes of transportation. I promise to make
Seattle more livable and accommodating
to seniors and people
with disabilities. I promise to listen
to our residents when they come
to City Hall. And I promise
to be out there in the community
and learn and listen
to you every day. My life has
involved teamwork, practice,
dedication, and winning. I’ve been in
Seattle for 40 years, and I’ve seen
her promise. I stand
before you, and I promise you that when we do
this together, we will heal
this city. I ask
for your vote — James Donaldson. -Hi.
I’m Gene Burrus, and I’m running to be
your Council member for the
7th district
of Seattle. I’m an attorney
who has lived downtown for
about a decade now. I never thought
that I would get involved
in city politics, but city politics
got involved in me. For years,
living downtown and being told
by city leadership that crime and drugs are just
a fact of life that
we must accept. And last summer, when with
unvarnished contempt for voters
and residents, the City Council
imposed an undemocratic and fiscally
irresponsible waterfront lid
on my neighbors. If elected, I will support
law enforcement as they restore
safety to our streets. I will
responsibly address the homeless crisis by getting
help and shelter to those who
need it and seek it. And for those
who refuse, our streets,
parks, and open spaces will no longer
be an option. Finally, I will
bring common sense to the city budget, which means
prioritizing funding for essential
projects like
the Magnolia Bridge while canceling irresponsible
boondoggles like the
First Avenue
streetcar. I’m Gene Burrus, and I will
bring the change that Seattle needs
to the City Council. I would be honored
to have your vote. -The Seattle
City Council no longer cares for the families
in our city. Our well-being,
safety, and concerns have been relegated to politics
and waste. The lack
of attention to our neighbors,
friends, and family members
can no longer continue to be
the norm. I’m a 30-year member of the
Magnolia community, a family-business
owner, and mother to
four wonderful boys. While managing
my family business, I began
over seven years ago as an advocate
for change, demanding attention
to rampant drug usage outside
our business at Fishermen’s
Terminal. After calling
the authorities and being told there was nothing
they could do, I took action by getting it
on the evening news. Things changed
and then returned to more of the same. Things can no
longer stay the same. Homelessness — the success of our
homeless population should be
a priority. I will work
for solutions that are effective
and compassionate, enabling people
towards their goals and connecting them with the services
needed. We need to ensure
housing and access to proper services
and treatment. An open
and transparent
government — no more
back-room deals and a lack
of transparency. The City Council is meant
to work for you. I will work
towards legislation that creates a culture
of transparency, ensuring that
all city contracts and requests
for proposals are published
online for you to see. Maintaining family
neighborhoods — we need adequate green space
and parking. We cannot forget
Seattle families, despite the speed
of our city’s growth. I am committed
to helping improve factors that contribute
to traffic issues resulting in loss
of time at work and with
your loved ones. We need to supply
mixed-income housing in all neighborhoods, ensuring we do not further
segregate them. We spent
$230 million on a trolley that
doesn’t fit. Meanwhile,
our law enforcement are under-equipped
and ill-utilized. My first 30 days will be to have
an independent audit of our City Council and address our
homeless crisis. I am
a U-dub graduate and lifelong Magnolia
community member that is committed
to civic action and community
engagement. My mother
taught Spanish at the local
Catholic schools, and I currently
reside with my husband and four young
boys in Magnolia. -Hello. I’m
Isabelle J. Kerner. If you want to know why I’m running
for City Council, I could give you
a list of different
reasons or explain
how one event led to the other, but in the end, it all comes down
to passion. If you haven’t
already noticed, Seattle has
a camping crisis. The solution
I am proposing is quite simple. It is called the cargo
container solution. With 23 plots of vacant
city-owned land, 575 cargo
containers, and $40 million, we could house and provide
on-site services for up to
10,000 individuals within 18 months. When the
navigation team sweeps
unsanctioned camps, every individual
will take a drug test and complete
a questionnaire containing
information on their
personal background and work history. This will
allow Seattle to create a database to determine
which of the 23 sites best fits
the needs of each
individual. For example,
we will not put the severely
drug-addicted near the
non-drug-addicted, nor will we put the severely
mentally ill with women
and children fleeing
domestic violence. The containers
will be modified into
dorm-like units. By partnering with businesses
of all sizes and using
the Washington state apprenticeship
program, we will
train workers for jobs
in industries struggling
to meet the demand for skilled workers. Individuals
enrolled
in the program can earn money by helping build
containers for other sites, cleaning up
the mess camping
has created, or through
other odd jobs. Individuals
will be able to access funds once they have
secured employment and have
saved enough to afford
the up-front costs needed to secure
affordable housing. If elected, I can
have this program running within
the first three months of 2020. Residents
of District 7, I ask
for your vote. By setting
the example with this
solution in Seattle, we have the
potential to change the way
the entire country handles this problem. Once again, I am
Isabelle J. Kerner. My campaign is
“Kerner for Council,” and I approve
this message. Thank you. -Hello,
Seattle voters. I’m Don Harper. I’ve lived
in Seattle for almost 50 years and on Queen Anne
for over 30 and have served on the Queen Anne
Community Council for 21 years. I’ve been the chair of the
parks committee for 18 years. I’m running
for City Council because
our City Council no longer
listens to us. I’m a
retired electrician who owned
his own business for 30 years and
is happily retired. This is not a step on the career
ladder for me. We have
a great deal of work to accomplish to resolve
serious problems that plague
our neighborhoods and businesses. We have to set mutually
agreed-upon
priorities. We have to restore
our public spaces to the public and move homeless
people into homes. The mentally ill need permanent
supportive housing. Helsinki did this. Salt Lake City
did this. And it’s working. We need to assist
those working folks that are
one paycheck away from being homeless so that they stay
in their homes. And we must not
let drug addicts camp in our
neighborhoods and public spaces. We can do this if we reset
our city’s priorities and engage in collaborative
decision-making. I’ve been
doing this work on the Queen Anne
Community Council for 21 years, and I’m ready
to serve Seattle to work together to tackle
our tough issues. I am for more jobs
that pay family wages like the new
deepwater port at Terminal 5. I love the techies, but not everybody
writes code. I’m for
more parks, not fewer parks. I’m for keeping our public
golf courses as they are today. We must not use precious,
open, green spaces for anything else
except recreation as our city
becomes increasingly
dense. I will fight
to replace the Magnolia Bridge
one-for-one. I pledge to have
an open-door policy as a City Council
member. Let’s work together and honestly
face the issues confronting
Seattle like the city
we all love. I would
appreciate your vote. -My name
is Michael George, and I’m running for Seattle
City Council
District 7. I live downtown
with my wife and two young
children. I’m worried
about the direction Seattle is heading. We can’t
continue electing the same kind
of candidates and expecting
different results. I’ve knocked on
thousands of doors, and I know from speaking
with many of you that we all want the same thing —
change. I’ll bring practical, real-world
experience to Council. On the job,
I have worked
on complex, affordable housing,
transportation, and sustainability
projects. I co-founded Parents for a
Better Downtown
Seattle, a nonprofit
dedicated to making downtown better
for families. I also volunteer
on countless projects to make
Seattle work for people
of all ages, from young families struggling
to afford daycare to seniors
on fixed incomes. We must change our approach
to homelessness and make sure
our regional partners do their fair share. We must build more low-income
housing, commit to approving
cost-effective homeless-prevention
programs, treat the subset
of homeless people with mental health and substance
addiction, and bring those who
prey on the homeless and the rest of us
to justice. We need more
middle-income housing. I’ve managed some
of the most complex affordable-housing
projects in the region. I have
real-world expertise that will allow me to cut through
the rhetoric, find inefficiencies, and use
our limited resources to house more
people for less. I’ll lead
the drive for affordable
daycare, a new District 7
high school, a downtown
elementary school, and high-quality
community centers in Magnolia,
Queen Anne, and Belltown. I’ll focus on
cleaning up our parks and making
our streets safe. Through working
on major light-rail and bus
rapid-transit
projects, I know
how to leverage Sound Transit
investments to best serve
District 7 and how
to secure funding for major projects like the
Magnolia Bridge
replacement. I’ll work
tirelessly, hold regular
office hours in each
neighborhood, and make
the changes we need. I ask
for your support and your vote. -My name’s
Jason Williams, and I’m running for Seattle
City Council
District 7. I grew up in a
working-class family in Federal Way, the son of a
teacher and a butcher. Because of
strong public schools, hard work, and my
parents’ sacrifices, I graduated from Seattle Pacific
University and, later,
Yale University with an MBA. I’ve worked with world-class
organizations, including Microsoft and the Bill
& Melinda Gates
Foundation. My wife and I
chose to return to Seattle and now raise
our young daughter in this place
we love. Many are worried
about our city. Neighbors lament
soaring housing costs, express concerns about walking
home at night, and wonder what their tax dollars
are buying. These are deeply
felt concerns, and we must
address them. I also hear a desire to focus
on the future. In this future, neighbors
describe a city celebrated for
economic equity, natural beauty,
and vibrant culture. As your
Council member, I will work
tirelessly to make this
future a reality. I will work to
maintain job growth by investing
in infrastructure, including the
Magnolia Bridge, increasing transit,
and enabling small-business
success. Every child
deserves a fair start
in life. That’s why
I will prioritize universal access to affordable, high-quality
early learning. I will also make
critical improvements to workforce
development. I will preserve
and enhance our open spaces that give Seattle
its natural beauty. Finally,
I will elevate arts and culture and the
diverse communities that make
our city vibrant. This vision
is only possible if we restore
trust to local
government. This will require
better provision of core
city services, as well as progress on the pressing
challenges of the day. Know that as
your representative, I will listen,
respect your values, and conduct
my work with honesty
and transparency. Together, we have
an opportunity to create a more
vibrant, just, and equitable
Seattle. Vote
Jason Williams. Thank you. -My name
is Jim Pugel, and I’ll be your
next Council member from District 7. I grew up in
a Rainier Valley home and graduated from the University
of Washington, served 35 years
as a police officer and a chief
of police, reducing
non-violent
incarceration and speaking out
against racial bias and for
practical solutions to solve the opioid and homelessness
crisis. I brought real
hands-on experience to public safety
and human services and a
true understanding of unique priorities that are facing
Council District 7. I’ve worked on complex
neighborhood problems. I’ve worked on
the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion
initiative to get people
off the streets and into
mental health, addiction
treatment, and housing. That program led
to real results, a 61% drop
in recidivism and more people
housed and working. We need
a City Council that gets
and focuses on data-driven
solutions and listens
to the voters. As a chief of police, I managed a
$250 million budget, helped implement the settlement
agreement, and pushed
for needed reforms in ways that were
transparent and open. If I can do that at the Seattle
Police Department, I can do it
with you at City Hall. Transparency,
accountability, and honest
communication is what you deserve. I’m running because
experience, service, and collaboration
matters. Most likely, I’ll be the oldest person
on the City Council. I’m doing this
because I love the city
where I was born and went to school
and raised my family. I want my children
and grandchildren to have
that same life where they can
live and play and work
in this city, buy an
affordable house, and send their kids to highest-quality
public education. We need a Seattle that works
for everyone. I promise to work
every day to be that voice for unity
and problem-solving. The bottom line
is that we all know
the issues — homelessness
and affordability. But we need
a City Council member who has
mature experience, and I’m
the only candidate with that
mature experience that brings
proven leadership to the Council. -Hello. My name
is Andrew Lewis, and I am running
for Seattle
City Council because it’s time
for a more responsive and accountable
city government. This accountability
starts with results on affordable
housing and homelessness. As your
Council member, I’ll fight to build 5,000 units of
affordable housing in three years by working with
state, county, and nonprofit
partners through the
Home and Hope plan. This plan to create
public, tax-exempt, multi-family housing along with
other initiatives will allow us to rapidly increase
affordable housing and reduce
homelessness. I’ll also advocate for increased
mental-health and substance-abuse
treatment to address the
significant barriers to helping
our neighbors transition out
of homelessness. On public safety,
I’m proud of my work as a prosecutor
obtaining justice for victims
in the public. We need
more police officers walking
our neighborhoods and more
prosecutors reviewing cases. We also need to
increase successful criminal-diversion
programs like Choose 180, where only 8 out
of 245 participants have re-offended. Moreover,
we need to make sure the city is
being accountable with the resources
it already has. I propose an annual performance
auditing plan similar
to King County’s, which has saved
$127 million in the
last three years. This plan
will free up significant
resources for essential
services that benefit Seattle residents
and businesses. On public
transportation, I will partner
with Sound Transit to expand
light-rail through Interbay, including
a rail tunnel underneath
the ship canal to ensure
reliable service and prevent
displacing our maritime
community. I will also work
with state, port, and federal
stakeholders to secure a
one-for-one
replacement to the
Magnolia Bridge. My experience as a city and
county prosecutor, a Seattle
human-rights
commissioner, and a
rental-housing
stakeholder committee member will ensure I hit
the ground running at City Hall. I’m a
fifth-generation
Washingtonian and
a proud graduate of Seattle
public schools and the University
of Washington. I’ve been
endorsed by the
Martin Luther King County Labor Council, the 36th district
Democrats, the 37th district
Democrats, and state
representative Gail Tarleton. I ask for your vote, and it’d be an
honor to serve you. -City of Seattle
Proposition 1 — property tax renewal
for the Seattle Public Library. If approved by the voters,
Seattle Proposition 1 would raise approximately
$219.1 million in property taxes over seven years
from 2020 to 2026. The levy funds would be used
to increase spending for library
operating hours, materials, technology,
children’s programming, and building maintenance,
including earthquake retrofits. In the first year, 2020, the levy would be assessed
at no more than 12.2 cents per $1,000
of assessed property value. In subsequent years, a new
levy rate would be calculated with no more than
1% annual increases. An owner of a Seattle home with a median assessed value
of $722,000 would pay $84 in taxes
in 2020 to support the levy. Under RCW84.36.381, qualifying seniors and others
can receive an exemption that allows a reduction
in overall property taxes. -In a rapidly
changing Seattle, our
public-library system is at the heart
of a healthy, equitable,
and livable city. Libraries
give all people, regardless of
background or income, the opportunity
to learn and excel through educational
resources and classes. In addition to
books, materials, and online resources for all
Seattle residents, our libraries offer essential programs
and support for Seattle’s kids,
families, and most
vulnerable residents, from after-school
homework help to online access
to job listings and housing assistance. These
important programs along with
the people and places that make our
libraries safe and welcoming are all supported
by our library levy. By passing
this levy, we can maintain
and even increase neighborhood
branch hours, staffing,
and service levels. With your vote, this
replacement levy will continue
maintaining and upgrading
computers, technology,
and Internet access at libraries
and neighborhoods across the city. This levy
will make sure we also continue
modernizing, growing,
and enhancing the library’s
popular physical and digital book
and media collections. Critically,
this levy also provides nearly 100% of
major maintenance costs and will help
ensure library buildings
and facilities are well-maintained and receive
needed accessibility and earthquake
improvements. This levy
is not a new tax. It replaces
an expiring levy. For just
$3 more per month for the
average homeowner, we can protect
the critical investments we’ve made
over the years and renew
our commitment to a great neighborhood
library system. This levy
is endorsed by the Seattle Public
Library Foundation, the Friends of the
Seattle Public Library, Democratic
organizations across the city,
and many more. Please support
this levy and vote yes for Seattle’s libraries. Thank you. -Why should
your property taxes be increased by eliminating
overdue book fines? This is not right. Vote no on
Seattle Proposition 1, the $219 million
special levy that increases
your annual property tax by $85 for an
average Seattle home. I am Lloyd Hara, former
Seattle city treasurer and King County
auditor and assessor asking you
to vote no on Prop 1. City taxes
and revenues are at
an all-time high. I am alarmed that
the property-tax ballot measures are
awaiting your vote. You should be concerned that there is
stable library funding, not to rely upon
voter-approved levies. The mayor
and the Council are diverting
traditional library funding
for pet projects. This is the least
accountable tax levy. There is
no oversight committee. We need
public accountability. Voting no will
force city officials to fully fund
library systems from its
traditional resources. This big,
new added tax will make it
more difficult for homeowners,
for businesses, for renters
who will see their rents increase. Everyone’s cost
will increase. Let’s keep Seattle
more affordable. It’s up to us to stop the mayor
and the Council from playing games
with our tax dollars. Let’s maintain
library funding. Let’s maintain
library fines. Let’s maintain
accountability. Please join me and
other citizens like you to vote no on
Seattle Proposition 1, the $219 million
property tax levy. -Seattle School District 1, also known as
the Seattle School Board. The Seattle School Board
adopts the policies that govern Seattle public schools. The board provides direction
for the educational program and hires and evaluates the superintendent
of Seattle schools. Seven directors make up
the school board. Each director represents
a district within the city. This year, three of the seats
are on the primary ballot. Candidates
for Districts 1, 3, and 6 will appear on the August 6th
primary election ballot. If you live within
School District 1, 3, or 6, you will have the opportunity
to vote for the board position representing your district. ♪♪ ♪♪ -Hi. I’m
Liza Rankin,
and I’m running to be your next
Seattle School
Board Director in District 1, which runs along the top of our city from
Lake Washington to Puget Sound. As an
advocate and parent of two SPS students, I have spent
the last several years engaging with
and working alongside families
and educators all over Seattle. I’ve visited
or volunteered at half
the 102 schools in our district and collaborated with parents
and educators from almost
all of the rest. I’ve seen
the incredible things that happen at
each of our schools and also the systemic and institutional challenges
we face. I’ve engaged
at every level to improve
our public schools for students
and educators, from schools to the
district offices to advocating
in Olympia. As a School
Board Director, I will bring a broad and deep
knowledge of SPS as well as
authentic
relationships and community
connections to work to
improve experience and outcomes
for all students, most especially those from
historically marginalized
groups. Every child deserves a safe
and welcoming school that values
and honors them and
their families and wants them
to succeed. I will hold
the district
accountable to their
new strategic plan centered
on equity, and I will
work to provide meaningful
family and community engagement
opportunities. Although
we are bound by budget
restrictions, we can and
must reflect
and respond to the needs
of our diverse
communities. We must
address the silos between
central offices and schools and support
consistent policy and practice
at every school that
advances the goals around equity
and engagement, like adopting an ethnic-studies
curriculum that empowers students
and educators, ensuring that
the Washington State Since Time
Immemorial curriculum is provided
at every school, provide
training
for inclusion so that
special-education students
spend more time with their peers, and provide
greater access to advanced
and unique learning
opportunities. Together
with communities from across Seattle, I know we can
create a district that is inclusive,
responsive, and gives
all of our students what they need
to thrive. Thank you for
your support. -Hello.
I’m Eric Blumhagen, and I’m running for Seattle’s
School Board. I’ve been
a Seattle
schools parent for 16 years. I’ve
volunteered
in classrooms, worked on PTA
and PTO boards, and I’ve
been honored with the
Golden Acorn award, served on
two district advisories
committees. I’m running
because of what I heard
from a parent. The school
district had just spent
$20,000 on legal fees fighting their
students’ valid claim for
special-education services. Those services
would only have cost the district $4,000 to provide. This is so
wrong on every level and a prime example of how the status quo is failing
our students. District staff need to follow
the rules, whether that’s
state or federal law or district
policy and procedure. We also must
be doing more to meet all
our students’ needs. Seattle has
a serious
equity problem, with the
fifth-largest opportunity
gap in the nation. We need
measurable action. I’m committed
to learning, working with
the community to find
innovative solutions to create a fair
and equitable system. For example, restorative
justice programs at Cleveland
High School are reducing
disproportionate discipline. Everett schools
are increasing attendance
and graduation rates. Northgate
Elementary has built a cohesive,
diverse community. Let’s learn
from what these schools
are doing right and get
other schools moving down the same
path to success. We also need
to make sure students see themselves
in the curriculum. We need
sustained investments in ethnic studies and Since Time
Immemorial curricula. We need to
increase
representation of all
under-served
communities in every
curriculum. Finally,
we’re likely headed toward budget
cuts in the future due to
persistent under-funding
by the state. We need to
focus our funding where it will
do the most good — in the school
and in the classroom. I’m for funding teachers,
nurses, counselors, and librarians and not
unnecessary standardized
tests. I’m Eric Blumhagen, and I would
be honored to have
your support. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ -Seattle
public schools face large budget,
equity, capacity, and
instructional
challenges. Over the years, I have
advocated for policy
changes about
various issues, from school
boundaries to school funding to advanced
learning policies, and attended many director
meetings. I have run
a community blog to share
information
among parents. I have
volunteered
in the schools on a weekly basis, running
math clubs. I have
participated at PTSA and been part of the building
leadership team for Jane
Addams Middle School. I have
experienced everything
from IEP meetings to helping
get a new building up and running to creating
a school budget. As a parent
of two children with different needs and eight
years of
direct experience with Seattle
public schools, I am now running to help build
a better system for all
our students, families,
teachers, and staff. My focus
for the board is consistency. Too much varies between
school buildings. Families need
stronger guarantees about
each child’s core experience. Everything
from whether there’s a
full-time librarian to how much
time for lunch to access to
instrumental music and advanced
learning depends on a student’s
address. Openness — central staff
have made strides at engaging
with the community, but significant district decisions still
happen quickly without
adequate explanation or fully
examining possible
alternatives. I will demand greater
authentic engagement. Family services — from smaller tasks like
registering
for schools to major
challenges like finding
out how to get services for
a struggling student, our district needs to
remove barriers. As a parent
within the special
education system, I know
personally how hard it is
to navigate SPS. Excellence
and equity — we should
meet students
where they are and provide
opportunities for continual
growth. We need to
build a strong, differentiated
curriculum and ensure
opportunities at every building to participate
in activities that kindle
students’ passions in arts,
sports, clubs, and academics. The district
is rich in diversity. 53% are
students of color. If we address
gaps in opportunity, we will help
solve gaps in outcomes. I am committed
to both. -Hi, there. My name is
Chandra Hampson, and I’m running to be your
next school
board member. I’m running
because
our children deserve a
transformative
education. I began
advocating in our schools
six years ago, when
my own children started
attending
public schools. Seattle is
a world-class city that has
the potential to be a national
leader in education. However, like
every parent, I’ve noticed the many
difficulties. Seattle
public schools face major
challenges around equity,
family engagement, and fiscal
transparency. You’ve
probably heard the big debates over our priorities for Seattle
public schools. Some argue
we should focus on making Seattle an innovative
district that tackles
social inequity and
develops programs that prepare our kids for an
increasingly
global world. Others say
that we should focus on the fundamentals, a well-run
school district that provides a safe, stable
learning environment. The truth is
we can do both. When we
address inequity, we work to
foster an environment that’s safe
and stable for all students. And when
we focus on transparency
and accountability, we build
a culture that demands results and puts
students first. To accomplish
our goals, we need
a school board with the
right combination of passion
and experience. As president
of the Seattle
Council PTSA, I’ve led
groups of parents, community
stakeholders, and elected
officials, protecting funding and
delivering results for
Seattle students. I have an MBA from the University
of Washington and decades
of experience
in budgeting. I’ve consulted on many
educational issues, including
around marginalized
groups and,
as a proud Native
American parent, indigenous
populations. I will be
a strong advocate for well-funded
public schools and equity
in education, including
eliminating
disparities around racial
and gender lines. Through my work, I’m proud to
have earned
the support of Representative
Gerry Pollet, former
Representative
Jessyn Farrell, the 46th
legislative district
Democrats, Council Member
Debora Juarez, school board
members Jill Geary
and Zachary DeWolf, and many more. If you’re
looking for someone
with a passion for social justice and the
experience to
get things done, my name is
Chandra Hampson. I would
be honored to have
your vote. -Hi. My name
is Rebeca Muñiz, and I’m
running to be your next
Seattle school
board director, position 3. I was raised
by my mother, Alma, who immigrated
from Mexico. I grew up
watching her
do whatever it took to take care
of her family. I would
sit quietly while watching
her clean offices, vacuum floors,
empty trash bins, and Windex windows. Dripping
in sweat,
she would apologize
again and again, saying, “I’m sorry. Just one
more office.” Throughout
the years, her
encouragement
and determination helped me to
pursue an education and get a good job. My mentors
along the way have shown me
that all it takes is one person
to believe and invest
in a child for them to
believe in themselves. I graduated from the University
of Washington with
a master’s degree in education
policy and leadership. Now I’m
running to serve as a Seattle
school board director in order
to help more kids find their
own opportunity to a
brighter future. I have three
things I care
about most. First,
transparency and
accountability. I want to lead with the
community behind me, not the
other way around. This means
I will commit to weekly
office hours at accessible
locations but also
being transparent about our budget. Second,
I want to increase opportunities
for all students. I will fight
for a greater focus on racial
equity and inclusion in all levels
of the school board. We need
to address the specific
needs of students, from providing
ethnic studies to increasing
girls’ participation in STEM activities to
after-school
opportunities that serve
low-income students, queer
students, and students
of color. Third,
student stability. We need
to increase wraparound
services for students experiencing
housing instability. There should be a family
engagement
professional at every
school. We also need
to review and reform current
disciplinary
practices that harm
students of color at higher rates. I am so grateful for the
community leaders and
organizations who endorse
my vision, including
school board
directors Eden Mack
and Scott Pinkham, Council Member
Lorena González, State Senators
Joe Nguyen and Bob Hasegawa, and the
46th Democrats. Thank you
for engaging, and I hope to
have your vote
August 6th. Again, my name
is Rebeca Muñiz, and I’m running for Seattle school
board position 3. ♪♪ ♪♪ -Hi. My name
is Molly Mitchell, and
I’m running for Seattle
school board director to ensure
that every student has a pathway
to success. I want to
ensure all voices in our school
district are heard, that you have
a seat at the table, and that
your concerns and needs
are addressed. Our schools
can do more to serve the needs
of diverse students and families
in our city. In my 20-year
career in education, the core
of my work has been
centering equity and social justice. This year,
I was honored to be recognized for my
commitment to equity when I
received the
Equity Award from the
Washington State Association
of College Trustees. As the Director of Student
Support Programs at Seattle
Central College, I am focused
on serving students with the
highest barriers to completion and students
furthest from justice throughout
their entire
education, including
their lived
experiences outside
the classroom. I am
passionate about expanding
educational
opportunities inside
Washington
state prisons. Additionally,
I oversee support for student parents, student veterans, and those
facing food
insecurity. For all
students to succeed, we must create
learning environments that are safe,
welcoming, and inclusive
for all. When every
student is included
and engaged in their
learning environment, all students benefit. As a mom and a
community organizer, I believe
solutions are most effective when they
engage all
stakeholders and are
accountable to
the community, which is why
current school
board director Jill Geary has
endorsed my campaign. The school
board can do better to collaborate
with families, educators, community
organizations, and local agencies to generate
policies that support every
student’s educational
success. I pledge to
represent your voice and to work
for high-quality education for
all students. My name
is Molly Mitchell, and I would
be honored to earn your vote for Seattle
school board. ♪♪ -Hello. My name is
Crystal Liston. I’m a gay,
disabled parent of two stepsons who attend
West Seattle schools and a member
of your community who is
very passionate about our schools. I’m so
passionate, in fact, that I have
made it my mission to volunteer
in every school in our district as I do
not understand how a board member can govern
a body of people they know
nothing about. As of
2018-2019 school year, I have volunteered in 20
of our 103 schools, and as a volunteer, I have noticed
a disconnect in our school
community as a whole. The reason
I am running for school board is to lead
a paradigm shift where schools
interact and
communicate with one another, a shift where
the Seattle community is held accountable to participate in each
of our schools, and a shift
where school
board members are active in
the various schools and communicate to their
students, parents, and teachers. Instead of
telling schools what they
should be doing, we ask,
“We have resources. What do you need?” Another aspect to our
school district that has
become clear to me is a lack of equity. Why do some
schools have band
instruments
for students but other
schools do not? Why are
social workers not in
all of our schools to support our
students with trauma and our
faculty who
need support from their
administration? Why has the
current school board chosen
to lay off school librarians? Why, as
a progressive city, are we
teaching
a white-controlled curriculum? I am
a firm believer that our values
are in our budget, and our
current school board is failing
to represent our
community’s values. Maybe you’re
asking yourself, “What qualifies you to be on
the school board?” My response is this. I can sit here
and give you a list
of my degrees — I have two —
and a list of my trade-school
certificates — I have one —
but what qualifies me to be on the
Seattle school board is that I am a parent and that I am a professional
volunteer. And what is a Seattle
school board member? An unpaid volunteer. So in conclusion, if you are truly part of the
movement for change, then be
vulnerable
and courageous and vote for
someone different. Vote for me —
Crystal S. Liston. “Be bold. The mighty forces will come
to your aid.” Goethe
said that. -You’ve just seen all of
the video statements of the candidates
and ballot issues that appear on
the Seattle primary ballot. For King County and Port of
Seattle candidates and issues, watch the King County version
of the Video Voters’ Guide. We will produce another Video
Voters’ Guide for candidates who advance to
the November general election. This program is a collaboration of the Seattle
Ethics & Elections Commission, the Seattle Channel, and King County TV. Again, this will be
a vote-by-mail election. Instead of going to
a polling place, ballots will be sent
to all registered voters. Look for your ballot
in the mail after July 17, and vote and return it on
or before Tuesday, August 6th. Remember to sign the envelope
with your voter ballot. Ballots can be returned
via US Mail or at one of King County’s
secure ballot drop boxes. Ballots must be postmarked
by August 6th. You can track the progress
of your ballot online and find the location
of drop boxes by visiting King County Elections
at kingcounty.gov/elections. Thanks for joining us. We’d like to hear from you
about the Video Voters’ Guide. To comment on this guide,
please call (206) 684-8500.

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