SEATTLE – With just two week having passed since the announcement of her candidacy for Seattle City Council, Lorena González (D-Seattle) rolled out an impressive first week of fundraising numbers and two early endorsements of her campaign by influential progressive organizations.
In the first week of her candidacy González was able to post an impressive $20,905.00 in contributions raised, which was enough to springboard her into first place among challengers for the council in total cash on hand according to Public Disclosure Commission reports.
The early fundraising success comes in addition to two early endorsements from LPAC (Latino Political Action Committee of Washington) and OneAmerica Votes, the State’s largest immigrant-rights organization who’s mission is to promote democracy and to build the power of immigrant and refugee communities.
“I am extremely excited and humbled to have received strong early support by so many progressive leaders and these progressive organizations,” said González, who has served recently as a senior advisor and legal counsel to Mayor Ed Murray. “We plan to keep this momentum going by building a grassroots campaign that will visit every neighborhood throughout Seattle, listen to concerns, and work to move the city forward in a way that protects our diversity, affordability, and quality of life.”
González who grew up in a Spanish-speaking migrant farm worker household in the Yakima Valley has worked as a civil rights attorney practicing employment and gender discrimination law. She has also served on the Seattle Police Accountability Review Panel,on the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, and developed a community partnership to fund a free monthly bilingual legal clinic, which has provided legal services to more than 1,000 low-income residents since 2007.
Rich Stolz, the Chief Executive Officer of OneAmerica Votes issued the following statement in support of González’s campaign:
“Lorena will bring to Seattle City Council a deep and personal understanding of the need for racial and gender equity, the struggles of working families, and the opportunities and challenges facing the City of Seattle. I can’t imagine a more qualified candidate, and a more tenacious leader with a deeper commitment to social justice.”
González who currently resides in West Seattle added to her early momentum by publishing an announcement video detailing why she is running for the city council.
The video can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/EFKfGWf7P20