SEATTLE — City Council candidate Lorena González (Position No. 9, city wide) celebrated the official launch to her campaign this past Tuesday, April 6th, at Impact Hub in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. With over 200 supporters in attendance, the event raised $5,000, bringing her to a total of $49,000 raised toward the campaign so far.
Among those speaking on her behalf were Fé Lopez, Rebecca Saldaña, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Mayor Ed Murray. Lopez extolled González’s successes as a civil rights attorney while Constantine and Murray praised her political acumen and willingness to raise an independent voice.
Ms. González took to the stage as well, to express her vision for the city. “Together,” she says, “we can build a Seattle for people from all walks of life, all parts of the world and all incomes.” She highlighted the critical need to address the city’s long overdue promises of transportation expansion, wrap-around services to support youth outside the school system and the escalating housing affordability crisis.
González also spoke about the journey that brought her to the candidacy for Seattle City Council. “Being born and raised in Yakima County as a migrant farmworker, it seemed inevitable that I would not be in the position to run for Seattle City Council,” she said, “But I am.” The remarkable story of González’s hard work and persistence drew cheers – and tears – from the audience.
González will continue her campaign in the coming weeks with her “All Neighborhoods Plan”. She will be attending community events as well as making one-on-one connections with community members throughout the entire city of Seattle.
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