The Times recommends: Lorena González for Seattle City Council Position No. 9

Check out The Seattle Time’s full endorsement of Lorena here.

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“Lorena González is the best choice to fill at-large City Council Position No. 9.”

The person who wins the race for Seattle City Council Position No. 9 — one of two at-large seats — must be politically savvy enough to balance local neighborhood concerns with citywide issues.

An affordable housing shortage is pricing many out of the city. Seattle is becoming dependent on special levies. Income inequality remains problematic. The police department is under federal oversight. The Port, along with the middle-class jobs associated with it, is threatened.

Of four candidates, Lorena González stands out as the most compelling choice to tackle those issues.

As former legal counsel to Mayor Ed Murray, González’s job was to offer no-nonsense advice on policies, such as land use, affordability, police reform and implementation of labor standards.

Her ability to think critically and independently is no surprise. She has a storied history of overcoming challenges.

González earned her first paycheck at the age of 8 as a migrant farmworker with her family in the Lower Yakima Valley. After working her way through college, she became a civil-rights attorney and served as president of OneAmerica.

In private practice, González sued, then settled with SPD on behalf of a man seen in a 2010 video being unnecessarily threatened by an officer. She supports stronger citizen oversight of the department through a robust Community Police Commission.

Though she agrees the city had a role to play in challenging the nature of Shell’s permit with the Port she disagrees with the way that issue became politicized. She advocates for a regional strategy on the Port.

She is smart on housing policy, recognizing the need to increase supply while ensuring developers are not causing displacement by converting existing stock into expensive housing.

Voters should elect González.