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Council Position 8

Teresa Mosqueda

Teresa Mosqueda

P.O. Box 20655

Seattle, WA 98102

(206) 550-6556

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In Seattle, we are proud of our progressive values and thriving economy, but too many are left out of our prosperity. I am running for Seattle City Council to ensure everyone can afford to live, work, and retire in the city we call home.


I’ve dedicated my life—in healthcare, child advocacy, and the labor movement—to creating healthy communities. I’ll fight for ALL Seattle residents as your Councilmember.


I have spent my career working to promote the wellbeing of families and seniors; fighting for good living wage jobs and retirement security; drafting and leading the state’s minimum wage and sick leave Initiative 1433; and implementing Medicaid expansion and healthcare for all kids.


That’s how I lead—by working collaboratively to solve problems and building diverse coalitions to solve complex challenges—by including those who are often left out of the decision-making process.


Together, we can create affordable housing and provide needed services for the homeless. I will champion community-driven development to create the affordable housing we need now for low- and middle-income families. We can turn developable land into affordable homes, with affordable retail and community facilities. I’ll pursue “Housing First” homelessness reforms for more shelters and permanent supportive housing, coupled with increased access to mental health, addiction treatment, and case management services.


We can improve public safety, transit, and commutes by working to accelerate state and local investments on critical infrastructure, target new sidewalks to improve safe routes to school and commerce, and create more housing and childcare options closer to jobs and transit centers.


In these trying times, we can protect our environment, worker and immigrant rights, our LGBTQ communities, and healthcare for women. In Seattle, I’ll advance affordable childcare for all, family leave, equal pay, affordable housing, and protect our public health.


I’m a third-generation Mexican-American, the daughter of educators and activists who taught me to work for social justice. I’ll be the only renter on the City Council. With your support, I will work every day to represent you.


Proudly Endorsed: Attorney General Bob Ferguson; US Representative Pramila Jayapal; Executive Dow Constantine; Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw, Lorena González, Rob Johnson, Debora Juarez, and Mike O’Brien; former Executive Ron Sims; King County Labor Council; Planned Parenthood Votes NW; NARAL Pro-Choice WA; Seattle Firefighters; Seattle Education Association; Sierra Club; WA Conservation Voters; every local District and King County Democrats; over 100 community leaders across Seattle; and many more!

Jon Grant

Jon Grant

P.O. Box 21551

Seattle, WA 98111

(206) 353-9740

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We are in a homeless and housing crisis where renters and homeowners are squeezed out of Seattle by massive rent increases and regressive property taxes. We must change course to ensure future generations of Seattleites can thrive in our city.


Our city struggles with these problems because the same coalition of powerful interest groups promote the same ideas that aren’t real solutions.


Let’s have bold solutions on homelessness. I’m proposing a progressive tax on big corporations like Amazon to build 5,000 units of housing for the homeless. This would effectively end unsheltered homelessness in our city. We know the Trump Administration will cut housing funds, so we must pursue local solutions. Let’s raise taxes on big businesses first, before demanding homeowners foot the bill.


Downtown developers need to pay their fair share. Current city leadership promotes a policy that allows developers to set their own rules. Seattle must set an affordability mandate so 25% of all new developments are affordable to working and low income people. We must pass impact fees.


Our campaign is accountable to regular people, not big money. I am the only candidate who pledged not to accept contributions from corporations, developers, or CEOs. Instead, 90% of my campaign funding comes through the historic Democracy Voucher program. My average real dollar donation is just $22. The community, not big business, owns our campaign. How we win matters: it shows we put community interests first.


I will be a strong champion for true civilian oversight of the Seattle Police Department, lead on climate justice by divesting from fossil fuel companies, require gender pay equity for city contractors, pursue municipal broadband, and protect immigrant rights.


I have over ten years of experience as an advocate for housing affordability and homelessness. While Executive Director of the Tenants Union, I doubled its operating budget, opened offices across Washington, tripled the people served, and advanced legislation to expand tenants’ rights. These efforts included passing stronger protections for domestic violence survivors, increasing affordable housing subsidies, and fighting economic evictions. Prior to the Tenants Union, I was a housing advocate at Solid Ground in their homelessness prevention division.


If you want bold action on these issues I ask for your vote.


Select endorsements: The Stranger, Seattle Weekly, City Councilmembers Lisa Herbold, former City Councilmember Nick Licata, Real Change Director Tim Harris, SEIU 6, Democratic Socialists of America, Transit Riders Union and UAW 4121.

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