Announcer: Welcome to
the 2019 City of Seattle General Election
Video Voters’ Guide, your chance to hear directly from the candidates appearing on the November 5th
general election ballot. This is a vote-by-mail election. Instead of going
to a polling place, ballots will be mailed
to all registered voters. All ballots must be returned on or before Election Day, November 5th. Each statement in this guide
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
district seats and the four seats on
the Seattle School Board. All the elective positions
included in this guide are nonpartisan. Seattle City Council. The Seattle City Council
is the legislative branch of government. Members set the city’s direction
by enacting ordinances and passing resolutions. The council authorizes
expenditures, adopts regulations,
levies taxes, controls the finances
and property of the city, and performs many related
legislative tasks. Council members serve
four-year terms. This year, the City of Seattle
will elect the seven council members
representing Seattle’s seven
geographic districts. Districts 1, 2, 3, 4,
5, 6, and 7 will appear on
the general election ballot. The two at-large
council candidates will be on the ballot
in 2021. All city voters will have
the opportunity to vote for a candidate representing their
voting district. ♪♪ I work hard
for District 1. Added bus service
to Alki, Admiral,
and Highland Park, restoring police
Community Service
Officers, keeping the Concord
Elementary Learning
Center open, and more hours
for Colman Pool. No issue is too big
or 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 businesses
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
streetcar. 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
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
like so many of you, I believe that
Seattle can do better. Seattle has to
change the way we’re addressing
and public safety. 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 the
laws of our city fairly and evenly
for all of us
that live here. I will work to make sure
that bureaucracy and politics
don’t keep us
from implementing real-life solutions
to these problems. We all know Seattle’s
a great place to live, and that’s why people
continue to move here. We need to be
forward thinking in how we grow and
how we get around. Whether by bus, boat,
car, bike, or on foot, the leaders of our
city need to make sure it’s safe for
everyone to get home. It’s time to end
the divisive politics, restore common sense
to our government, and focus on
effectively, efficiently,
and equitably delivering services
to the people
of our city. Seattle can do better. I’ve been
a business owner,
a physics teacher, a pro tem 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,
and the Seattle Green
Spaces Coalition. I’ve lived
in West Seattle
for over 20 years. I’m a renter, a father
of a second grader at Arbor Heights
Elementary, and a youth coach
at West Seattle Bowl. I am your neighbor, and I want to work
for neighborhood
solutions. I am proud to be
supported by over a hundred
small businesses that form the heart
and the soul
of our community. Just drive down
California Avenue
and you can see all the community
establishments with my sign
in their window. They know that
I will listen, that I am an everyday
part of our community, and that I care deeply
about making Seattle a better, safer, and more productive
city for everyone. Four years ago,
we were talking about skyrocketing costs
of living, a lack of
affordable housing, more and more people
living unsheltered, traffic problems,
and cost overruns
in civic projects. I’ve 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. I’ll bring back
reasonable and rational solutions
to our council, and I ask you for your
support and your vote. Thank you. ♪♪ 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
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
Progressive Caucus, Latino Caucus,
37th District
Democrats, and the Sierra Club. I’m Tammy Morales, and I’m asking for
your vote so together
we can build power for our community. I’m Mark Solomon, and I’m running
to serve you on Seattle
City Council
for District 2 because I believe
this city
can do better in addressing
the concerns of
our communities, from public safety
to homelessness to pushing back on
the displacement of our families
and neighborhood
businesses. As a retired
Air Force Officer, a former
small business owner, a community leader,
and a current Crime Prevention
Coordinator with
Seattle Police, I bring a depth
of experience, community
involvement, and coalition building necessary to affect
positive change for the people
of our district. I know our community. I was born
and raised here. I know the concerns
facing District 2, and I am prepared
to fight for you from day one
to address them. Regarding
public safety, I will allocate
additional funding to community-based
crime and violence
prevention efforts, and will promote
community policing and relational
policing programs. To address
homelessness, I will allocate
more funding to
diversion programs to prevent people from
becoming homeless
in the first place, increase and enhance
shelter capacity, and provide
more resources to place people
in permanent housing. I will champion
efforts to minimize displacement of our
long-term neighbors, and will
work to retain our current stock
of affordable housing while streamlining
the process to bring more housing
units online now. To support
our neighborhood
businesses, I will introduce
legislation to designate
a portion of the Equitable
Development fund specifically for
small commercial
space development and will pursue
tax credits for small commercial
space lease rates. Addressing
our city’s needs takes thoughtful
leadership that will seek input,
listen, include community
in the decisions
that impact them, and work
in collaboration and partnership to
get things done. We must enact policies that make this city
safe, equitable, affordable,
and functioning. This city deserves
leaders that are accessible,
responsive, and accountable
to you. I pledge to be
that leader. Thank you
for your time, and I ask you
for your support and your vote November 5th. ♪♪ What’s at stake
this year
is who runs Seattle, big business
or working people? Last year,
the corporate elite bullied our city
to defeat
the Amazon tax, which would have
funded housing
and services. Now they are
trying to buy
this election with
an unprecedented $1.5 million in
three corporate PACs. 15 Amazon executives, along with
big developers and corporate
lobbyists, have donated to
my opponent. This is a struggle
for the soul
of Seattle. The Chamber
of Commerce
has gotten its candidates
into every
city council race. Their mission —
take over City Hall and flip it
to the right. But we can
fight back. I’ve used my two terms to help build
powerful movements and coalitions
to win historic
victories. I’m proud to have
helped lead the way
in making Seattle the first major city
to win the $15
minimum wage. Since then, we’ve won tens of millions
of dollars for affordable housing and landmark
renters’ rights laws. We won crucial
funding for
LGBTQ services. Now we are
bringing back the Central District
Post Office. Despite a major
construction boom, Seattle’s housing
affordability and homelessness crisis
remain among
the nation’s worst. The for-profit housing
market and political
have failed us. We need rent control, free of corporate
loopholes, and a massive
expansion of
social housing, paid for by taxing
big business
and the rich, not ordinary workers, middle-class
homeowners, people of color,
or small businesses, who are already
overtaxed. Seattle needs
a Green New Deal to make our city
100 percent renewable by 2030, creating thousands
of union jobs. As a socialist
and union member, I’m proud to have
the support of The Stranger,
Sierra Club, Nick Licata,
Cary Moon, Nikkita Oliver,
Noam Chomsky, and 15 labor unions. Join me in fighting
for a city we need, not a playground
for the wealthy. Hi, my name is
Egan Orion, and I’m running for
Seattle City Council in District 3. This summer
I called on you to join my campaign
for innovation and pragmatic solutions
for the very real
challenges we face. On August 6th,
I heard loud and clear that neighbors
across the district share these
same priorities. Heading into
the general, I see a new day
in Seattle and a new way forward
for city council. As a fourth generation
District 3 resident, I have deep ties
to this place
we call home. I’ve started
two small businesses and a nonprofit
from the district, and throughout
my career, I’ve learned a lot
about the people who live and work
in this great city
of ours. I love Seattle
and all its diversity. I celebrate it
every day. I celebrate it
by throwing PrideFest, the single largest
festival day
in all the city. On Capitol Hill,
I celebrate our
small businesses and all they contribute
to a healthy,
vibrant community. In the
Central District, I celebrate
my neighborhood’s beautiful
intersectionality and all its identities and cultural
heritages. Across the city,
I celebrate the hardworking
people of Seattle and the unions
who fight for them
every day. To all
my D3 neighbors, I vow to represent you and be accountable
to you. Throughout this
election, I’ve heard your frustrations
about the inaction on our homelessness
crisis. We need
strong leadership and real solutions
now. Let’s use our
expanded partnership with the county
to bond over 1,500 new permanent supportive
housing units and expand our shelter
and bridge housing, ensuring 24/7
low-barrier access and treatment
on demand for mental health
and addiction. Despite our prosperity,
we are leaving our unsheltered neighbors
out in the cold
every night. Let’s bring people
together, use collaborative
solutions, and remedy this
human crisis that the current
council has failed to adequately address. The current council
member from D3 has failed to
adequately address our district’s and our
city’s challenges. While I celebrate
my opponent’s
progressiveness, ideas aren’t enough. We have to pair it
with a plan and a coalition to
actually get
something done, and that’s something
I’ve done throughout
my career. There is so much
to do, Seattle. Join me.
Let’s get started. ♪♪ 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
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
in other cities. I will maximize
mental health 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
that empowers low-income moms
and their babies. As a progressive
focused on results, I’m proud
to be endorsed by former King County
Executive Ron Sims, Tim Burgess,
Nick Licata, Ruth Kagi,
Daniel J. Evans, State Rep
Gerry Pollet, Port Commissioner
Peter Steinbrueck, the 46th
District Democrats, and by
businesses. I’m Alex Pederson, and I would be
to earn your vote. 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
social 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. A compassionate city
is one 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, Jessyn Farrell,
Seattle Subway, the Transit
Riders Union, Our Revolution,
and The Stranger 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
vulnerable homeowners and only builds
housing for
the richest among us, a city with
no treatment centers and no investment
in social services 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 to build
a unified, progressive coalition
with organized labor, environmentalists,
and everyday
Seattleites to build
a compassionate city. And in the November
general election, I’m asking for
your vote to help
build that city. Thank you. ♪♪ 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’ve 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. Hello, Seattleites. My name is Ann,
and I’m an attorney, teacher, mom,
and community
leader. I’ve lived
in Seattle
for 23 years and began
working with the Seattle
team in the ’90s. After that,
I became
an attorney and now raise
my two kids
in D5. From my work,
I’ve earned the endorsement
of former Sonics
head coach Nate McMillan. I’ve taught
English in Thailand and now teach
business law at the
UW Continuum
College. I’ve also been
a congressional
caseworker, resolving
problems. From volunteering
with individuals transitioning out
of incarceration, working with
the UN in a Cambodian
refugee camp, leading efforts
to raise money for Seattle
Public Schools, and helping
in local environmental
clean-ups, my dedication
to improve communities
is clear. These causes
drove me to take civic
action here, focusing on
issues that
have been neglected by
our current
city council, like
and housing, public safety, addiction
and recovery. These are
issues we can
do better on. We can redirect
city dollars towards
effective measures, by increasing
access to underfunded
treatment and shortening
wait times for detox beds
instead of funding drug
injection sites. Because of
my focus on
addiction, I’m endorsed by the Director of
Department at the UW School
of Medicine and Harborview
Medical Center, Dr. Rick Ries. We can have
an emergency, Red Cross-like
response to
homelessness to care for our
neighbors and protect
green spaces. We can have
a city council
obligated to Seattleites’
safety, and I will ensure
victims are heard
and respected. That’s why
I’m endorsed by retired
King County Judge
Philip Hubbard. We can work
with neighboring
leaders to discuss
regional responses to issues where
there has
been none. That’s one of
the reasons I’m
endorsed by the Mayor of
David Baker. For residents
facing neglectful
leadership in D5, I will bring
responsiveness in addressing
our urgent
problems head-on. I’m ready
to listen, passionate, and
prepared to be our forgotten
voice. I’m excited
to bring people
together to get things
done. You may have
seen me
in your neighborhood in
my Sonics gear, passed my sign
on your block, or met me at
your front door. I’m out in
the community, ready to hear
you. We can do
better for
District 5 as we make
changes together, for the city we
know and love. I invite you to
join the movement and ask for your
vote this November. ♪♪ 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,
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
policy, passing the
Extreme Risk
Protection Order, and on city council, I’ll continue
to implement gun-violence
prevention by investing in
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
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. I’m Heidi Wills. I’m running for
people 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. I’ve taken on
challenges and produced results, starting as
Student Body President
at the UW when I brought
recycling to campus and championed
the U-PASS
bus program. As contentious
as it was then, it’s now a model
across the country. I have the experience
to hit the ground
running. I served on
the city council
16 years ago. I led investments
in renewable energy. I expanded utility rate
assistance so more low-income
people could qualify. Before that,
I was a policy advisor at King County
for six years. I bring
a regional approach. I’m a working mom,
a small business
owner, and I led a nonprofit
in South Seattle, empowering thousands of
underserved youth for 13 years. I’m a grassroots
candidate. Knocking on 21,000
homes so far, my campaign
has the most
democracy vouchers. I’ve talked with
thousands of people, and I’ve listened. Voters want the city
to be smarter about addressing
the root causes
of homelessness. Seattle can’t solve
this crisis in a silo. We need a regional
approach, especially for
mental health and
treatment on demand. We need short-term
housing solutions, like modular homes, and long-term
solutions, like permanent
supportive housing. Public safety should
be a priority. Our police
and fire departments are stretched
too thin. People deserve
to be safe and to feel safe
where they live
and work. We need more
affordable housing of all
shapes and sizes for people
of all incomes. We need more
transit service, and safe pedestrian
and bicycle
infrastructure. Seattle must take
bold action on climate
protection. I have a long history
of leadership to protect
our environment. And I have broad
support from labor, business,
The Seattle Times, The Sierra Club,
Seattle Firefighters, the 46th District
Democrats, and many more. My name is
Heidi Wills, and I ask for
your support. Thank you. ♪♪ 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
stakeholder committee member will ensure I hit
the ground running at City Hall. I’m a
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
Gail Tarleton. I ask for your vote, and it’d be an
honor to serve you. I’m Jim Pugel,
and I will be your next council member
from District 7. I grew up in
the Rainier Valley, graduated
from the UW, served our city
for 35 years as a reform-driven
police officer and chief of police, reducing
incarceration and working
for solutions
to homelessness. I will bring real
hands-on expertise in public safety
and human services, and a true
understanding of the neighborhood
of District 7. I served as the
West Precinct
Police Commander, the same
geographic footprint
of District 7, and spent
my career keeping
neighborhoods safe. I worked on
the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion
initiative to get homeless addicts
off the streets and into recovery. That program led
to a 61% reduction
in recidivism and got people
housed and working. That’s how I lead —
good ideas
that get results. As Chief of Police,
I managed a $250 million budget, helped implement the
settlement agreement, and pushed for
needed reforms in a way that was
transparent and open. I will do it again
in City Hall. Transparency,
accountability, honest communications is
not too much to expect from our elected
officials. Serving you, the voter,
is exactly what I will continue
to do. I’m running because
experience, service, maturity,
and collaboration
matters. I’m not in this
to move up to
higher office. I’m doing this because
I love the city where I raised
my family. I want you to be
healthy and safe. You deserve to live
and work in the city and earn
a livable wage and send
your children to the highest quality
public schools. We need a Seattle
that works
for everyone. I’ll work hard
on replacing
the Magnolia Bridge and reducing
property crime. We all know
the issues — homelessness,
public safety. You deserve a mature
and experienced council member who can
who can follow through on our district
and city’s priorities. I am the candidate
with the experience, proven leadership, established
relationships, and common-sense
solutions that can get to work
on day one. I’d appreciate
your vote.
Thank you. Announcer: Seattle
School District number 1, also known as
the Seattle School Board. The Seattle School Board
adopts and purviews the academic, financial,
and operational policies that govern Seattle
public schools. They also hire and evaluate the superintendent
of Seattle schools. The school board is
comprised of seven directors. Each director serves
a four-year term. In the November
general election, candidates for
director positions 1, 2, 3, and 6
will be on the ballot. All Seattle voters
will have the chance to vote for each of the four
board positions. ♪♪ Hi. I’m Liza Rankin,
and I’m running for Seattle School
Board Director
in District 1, because every child
a welcoming and safe school
that values and honors them
and their
families. As a board director
of the Wedgwood
Elementary PTA, Seattle Council
PTSA, and Sand Point Arts
and Cultural
Exchange, I’ve been getting
things done for Seattle’s kids for
nearly a decade. I have fought for
stable funding for special education
and family support
workers, for safe
and healthy
bell times, and I’ve supported
student and educator-led
efforts like Black Lives Matter
at School and
Ethnic Studies. I’m running
to continue
this service and to improve
experiences and outcomes
for all students, ensuring that they
graduate prepared for career,
or community. As your
School Board
Director, I will narrow the
opportunity gap by championing
early learning
programs, working to hire
and retain
educators that reflect
the racial
and cultural diversity of
our student
population, by securing
adequate funding
for the arts, and by creating
and safe school environments
that support equitable
family engagement before, during,
and after school. I will work
with district
leadership, staff,
and families to break down
walls between central offices
and schools, and I will hold
the district
accountable to their new
Strategic Plan by prioritizing
adoption that empowers
and educators, and by requiring
development for staff
and administration
related to anti-racism,
competency, and learning
and differences. I’m ready to bring
my knowledge, experience,
and community
connections to the next level
to work for every
student to meet their
full potential through a quality
public education. I’m proud to be
endorsed by the Seattle
Association, The Stranger, The Alliance
for Gun
Responsibility, current school
board directors and state
legislators, and leaders
from school
communities all across
Seattle. Together, we can
create a school
district that is responsive
and inclusive and gives our students
what they need
to thrive. And I’d be honored
to have your
vote in November. Thank you
for your support. Hello,
I’m Eric Blumhagen, your candidate for
School Board
District 1. I’ve had children in
Seattle Schools
for 16 years. A decade ago,
I started
speaking up at the district
level to fight against
ill-advised school
closures that cost
the district
over $60 million. Since then,
I’ve served on
PTA boards and district-wide
committees, advocating
for all students on issues from
assignment area
boundaries to stable funding
for strong
academic programs at Rainier Beach
and Chief Sealth
High Schools. I’m also proud to
have been part
of the team that brought later
start times to Seattle’s middle
and high schools. Because
of that change, students get
more sleep, have better
attendance, and earn
higher grades. The school board
creates policies
based on voters’
ideals, from community
engagement to inclusive
special education
services to racial equity. I have the
experience to hold
the district
accountable. We can deliver
results that match
our ideals. With your vote,
I’ll prioritize — Equity — Seattle
students face an unacceptable
opportunity gap. We can do better,
with sustained
investments in restorative
justice programs, culturally
curricula, and de-escalation
training for
school staff. Responsible
investments — We must direct
our resources where they’ll do
the most good — in the school
and in the
classroom. We need more
librarians, counselors,
and special
education staff. And finally,
the skilled
trades — There are so many
for students in the
skilled trades. I will work to
improve access to hands-on
classes that prepare
students to enter
the workforce in these living
wage careers. I am proud
to be endorsed
by leaders including former
School Board
Presidents Betty Patu
and Sue Peters, Representative
Gael Tarleton, and organizations
such as the King County
Democrats, Laborers Local 242, and Operating
Local 609. With your support,
we can improve Seattle
Public Schools
for all students. Thank you for your vote. ♪♪ Hi, I’m
Lisa Rivera Smith, a proud
mother of three, and I am running
to be your next Seattle School
Board Director, representing
District 2. Let’s start where
we all agree — Seattle school kids
deserve the best. Yet time
after time, funding
falls short, voices
are left out, and inequities
continue. Seattle Public
Schools must rise
to the challenge and provide
a great education
for every student. As a proven leader
and problem
solver, I’m not afraid to
face these
challenges head on,
seeking solutions from every
corner. No stranger to
and activism, I’ve been a
staunch supporter of our students,
staff, and communities
for years. I proudly marched
with our striking
teachers in 2015, fresh into my
first days as a
PTSA president. I worked weekly
with students at Hamilton
Middle School as their
Green Team
advisor. I stepped up
to establish the Lincoln
High School PTSA, bringing together
a coalition
of parents, students,
and teachers. I engaged with
communities for almost
a decade as a
MathFest volunteer at Rainier
Community Center, and I’ve traveled
to Olympia to speak
directly with
state legislators on behalf of
our struggling
families. And now,
I am honored to be the sole
candidate for Seattle
School Board,
Position 2. I will be
a board member who focuses
on listening, learning,
and leading
with integrity. As a former
reporter, it was my job
to be curious and seek out
information, skills that I will
apply to all of
my interactions with families,
and staff. I will amplify
community voices, while shining
a light on
the decisions and actions that come
out of district
headquarters. I’m grateful for
the endorsements from the 36th,
43rd, and 46th District
Democrats, as well as current
School Board
Directors Leslie Harris,
Scott Pinkham, Rick Burke,
and Eden Mack. They endorse me
because they know I’m a dedicated
public servant who will raise
the voices of
our diverse and underserved
populations. There’s work
to be done, and we will do
it together. Again, I am
Lisa Rivera Smith, and I look forward
to serving the students
of this great city on the Seattle School Board. ♪♪ Hi, there. My name is
Chandra Hampson, and I’m running to be your
next school
board member. I’m running
our children deserve a
education. I began
advocating in our schools
six years ago, when
my own children started
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
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
in and 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
disparities around racial
and gender lines. Through my work, I’m proud to
have earned
the support of Representative
Gerry Pollet, former
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
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
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
professional at every
school. We also need
to review and reform current
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