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King City of Seattle Council District No. 3

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    Egan Orion

  • Kshama Sawant

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Phone (206) 620-0404
Town where you live Seattle, WA
I am a small business owner and the founder and producer of PrideFest. When I took over in 2007, PrideFest was a small 10,000 person festival at risk of being shut down. Since then, I’ve grown it into the largest single festival day in Seattle, attracting over 200,000 every year on Capitol Hill and Seattle. I also direct the Broadway Business Improvement Area (BIA), managing 7-day-a-week cleaning services in our commercial district, providing beautification like holiday lights and summer flower baskets, and marketing efforts and events to attract people to the neighborhood. I see myself as a community builder above all other things. I’ve also produced over 150 flash mobs throughout the United States which have been viewed by over 20 million people throughout the world. I bring people together to do big things that positively impact the community, the city, and the world.
It’s time for fresh voices on the Seattle City Council. The past four years have seen the escalation of an ongoing homelessness and affordability crisis and a lack of government accountability. The current District 3 council member has exacerbated these issues by launching a tireless campaign against the Seattle city government and business rather than working together to solve our shared challenges. I believe Seattle is thriving, but that too many are being left behind. Seattleites deserve unity over division and action over absence—a council member who puts them first, not their own national priorities. Our current council member is all about ideas, but ideas mean nothing unless you can turn them into effective legislation. I celebrate our city’s progressiveness but will pair it with a plan and a coalition to actually get something done. I believe that together, with the collective innovation and will available in our city, we can tackle even the most intractable problems.
The ineffective nature of the current councilmember to represent the needs of District 3 have hindered their ability to accomplish real change. Over the past 20 years, I have seen this district grow and change. I’ve seen the homelessness and affordable housing crises escalate while band-aid solutions by our current council barely make any difference. We must take critical steps toward addressing these issues so we can preserve the thriving community that uniquely exists here. I will work tirelessly to increase affordable, supportive housing; better integrate transit systems; and improve accountability in our local government. Whether through securing homeless outreach funding for District 3 or reviving PrideFest, I’ve proven that I can and will work across communities and organizations to bring effective solutions to the very real problems our city faces. I will invite all stakeholders to our table of progress and work collaboratively with my fellow councilmembers to get things done.
We need to decrease the number of people driving cars; investing in transit is the best way to achieve that. I support the Master Bike Plan, streetcar extension, light rail expansion, permitting of e-scooters, and any other transportation investment that will help us reduce carbon emissions.

In the same vein, we must develop with the environment in mind, both through transit-oriented development and through energy efficient buildings. Seattle must upzone to meet the needs of its growing population—but the City Council should pay close attention to where those upzones occur. By building more housing around transit lines, our city can better connect neighbors to its transit system (as well as improved opportunity)—again reducing cars on the road and carbon emissions. We also need to enact strong building codes that ensure new buildings are green—with a strong focus on energy efficiency.

I will be a strong and clear voice for climate change action.
The main issue is around connected bus lines, bike lines, and transportation systems that aren’t so snarled with traffic that people (either in cars, buses, or rideshare vehicles) can’t get anywhere with any efficiency. We need to create east-west and north-south interconnected rapid ride bus lanes to make public transit an attractive, affordable, and fast solution to getting to and from work. For those with bikes, solo wheels, e-scooters, and other forms of micro/urban mobility solutions, connected and protected bike lanes are essential. And while we’re at it, let’s make sure that the rest of our roads are safe for all traffic, vehicular and otherwise, not riddled with potholes that make it unsafe for everyone traveling on them. As a councilmember, I will always favor projects that make Seattle a more livable and vibrant city.
We all need to do our part to ensure the most vulnerable portion of our population has access to shelter, housing, and basic support services. People experiencing homelessness want a safe place to sleep with access to services and storage for their possessions. By working regionally we can create supportive housing with wraparound services—including mental health and addiction recovery programs—to provide stability and support. Let’s create 24/7, low barrier, supervised shelters that get our unsheltered neighbors into supportive spaces with the care they need, rather than cycling them through a system that isn’t working. Special emphasis should be placed on women experiencing homelessness, who have little to no access to menstrual products, deserve proper access to reproductive services, and who are more likely to experience sexual abuse and rape in shelters and on the streets. This must not be a temporary fix, but a comprehensive plan to help rehabilitate those struggling.
Against the threat of federal action, Seattle must remain a sanctuary city. I will work with our City Attorney to ensure Seattle remains a vigilant and proactive defender of our immigrant communities.We must listen to the needs of our working immigrant and refugee families to make sure we’re offering services that meet their needs.

Our neighbors should feel safe and welcome in our community and city, and that includes access to services that improve opportunity. We need to expand transit options and ensure our system reaches all potential commuters, especially those who rely on low-cost transit options. Seattle is already a leader in offering translated materials, but we need to make sure services reach those who aren’t fully fluent in English as well. We must prevent immigrants from being abused or taken advantage of by encouraging the integration of immigrants and refugees into our city and making economic opportunities more accessible, therefore creating a safer Seattle for all.
Let’s start by helping people navigate our city bureaucracy through an enhanced 3-1-1 system. With a simpler method of navigating city services we can better the relationship between district residents and councilmembers. Because when people’s basic needs are met they have more mobility to foster a relationship with the council and communicate how they hope to see the city grow and improve.

My opponent might as well have a sign on her door at the City Council that says “DO NOT ENTER”. She is unavailable for constituents, stakeholders, and even other councilmembers. This must change; it isn’t the way our democracy was designed to work.

We need a councilmember who will listen when the cameras aren’t rolling and work to enact policies that benefit all of District 3. I will work with my fellow councilmembers, citizen groups, non-profits, businesses small and large—whatever it takes to move our city forward and solve the challenging problems we face.
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