SEATTLE— Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine today endorsed Lorena González in her run for the open, at-large Seattle City Council, Position 9. González, 38, has worked for the past year as a senior adviser and legal counsel to Murray. She is leaving the office to make her first run for elected office.
“Lorena has an unwavering dedication to this community. She is smart, tireless, and truly appreciates the transformation of Seattle to a diverse, world-class city,” said Murray. “Lorena represents a new generation of leaders that will bring fresh strong leadership, ideas and perspectives to City Hall. I look forward to working with her in this new role.”
González was raised in Central Washington with her five siblings in a Spanish-speaking, migrant farmworker family. She moved to Seattle in 2002 to attend law school. Before working in City Hall, she was a nationally recognized civil rights attorney, police reform advocate and board president of OneAmerica, the state’s largest immigrant and civil rights organization. In 2007, she established a legal clinic that has provided over 2,000 low-income and underserved people with free legal services. As an attorney, she stood up for women’s right through her gender and pregnancy discrimination work.
“I’m proud to have worked alongside the Mayor and current Council to address issues ranging from wage inequity to transit expansion and affordable housing,” said González. “I’m grateful for Mayor Murray’s support as I begin my campaign, and look forward to bringing my own ideas—and those of people throughout Seattle—to the Council. Seattle is in a period of dynamic transformation. We can embrace the best of our city’s transformation while not losing sight of our progressive values and commitment to strong neighborhoods.”
In addition, González announced the endorsement of King County Executive Dow Constantine. She is the first non-incumbent to earn the support of the region’s two most prominent leaders.
“Dow and I have worked together for years on issues ranging from Casa Latina support to South Park Bridge Replacement,” said González. “I look forward to continue working with Dow to expand light rail in Seattle and improve opportunities for kids from all communities —critical regional priorities that strengthen families and quality of life.”
González has started her campaign in rapid fashion, raising over $30,000 and accumulating endorsements from not only regional leaders like Murray and Constantine, but grassroots and immigrant advocacy groups like OneAmerica Votes.