SEATTLE – City Council candidate Lorena González (Position No. 9, city wide) announced today her second round of endorsements. These endorsements feature many of Seattle’s respected grassroots and community organizers, which join González’s early list of community-based endorsers, El Centro de la Raza Executive Director Estela Ortega, Executive Director of Casa Latina Hilary Stern, Executive Director of Puget Sound SAGE Rebecca Saldaña, Executive Director of Seattle Community Police Commission Fé Lopez and President & CEO of OneAmerica Votes Rich Stolz.*
Among those endorsing González are Executive Director of Plymouth Housing Group Paul Lambros, environmental justice advocate Sudha Nandagopal, attorney and LGBTQ community leader Quita St. John, Ethiopian community leader Niomi Fisseha, Economic justice attorneys Dan Ford and Sarah Leyrer, former Seattle-King County NAACP president James Bible, Washington State Association of Justice Executive Director Gerhard Letzing, Seattle Parks Foundation Executive Director Thatcher Bailey, Director of the Office of Equity and Social Justice in King County Matias Valenzuela, Puentes Executive Director Maria-Jose Soerens, Neighborhood House Housing Stability Supervisor David Moser, and Leda Chahim of the conservation group Forterra. See below for a complete list of endorsements.*
These endorsements reflect the strength of the support González is receiving from a wide range of community leaders, social justice activists and grassroots organizations around Seattle. This is unsurprising to those familiar with González’s sweeping career as a civil rights attorney, as well as her community advocacy work on many Seattle-based and regional non-profit and service boards for over a decade. “I am honored to have received so much grassroots community support thus far for my campaign,” said González. “I am running to bring a new voice and perspective to the city’s leadership and the early support from these great leaders is really an endorsement of the progressive values and action I would bring to the City Council.”
In addition to these endorsements, González received a further showing of support this past Tuesday at the 43rd Legislative District Democrat’s straw poll meeting, beating her opponents, Bill Bradburd and Alon Bassok, by a margin of 50%. González’s campaign has been moving at an increasingly fast clip since her official campaign kick-off event on April 7th. To date she has raised $56,825 and anticipates a robust third announcement of endorsements in the coming weeks.
* Titles used for identification purposes only. See directly below for full list of endorsements.
Complete list of endorsements to date:
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray
King County Executive Dow Constantine
State Senator Pramila Jayapal (D-37th LD)
State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw (D-43rd LD)
Latino Political Action Committee of Washington
Latino Victory Project
Quita St. John
Paul Byron Crane
Karl de Jong
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