For Immediate Release: January 17, 2017
Seattle City Council Member Lorena González to Seek Re-Election
Enters campaign with strong record on worker’s rights, gender equity and public safety.
SEATTLE— Seattle City Council Member M. Lorena González has announced that she will seek re-election to a full four-year term. González, elected in 2015 with almost 80% of the vote, filled a two-year term as Seattle moved to a system of seven districts and two at-large seats. González is presently the first Latina and only woman serving citywide in a legislative role.
“I am proud of the work I’ve done so far to provide secure scheduling for thousands of low-wage Seattle workers, additional resources to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and advance critical elements of police reform,” said González, who began her career as an employment and civil rights attorney. “Together with the Mayor and my colleagues, we have raised Seattle’s minimum wage and are taking strong positions against the emerging policies of President-elect Trump and Congressional Republicans. I look forward to continuing individual and collective efforts to keep Seattle a progressive, welcoming and vibrant city—for all residents.”
As chair of the Council’s Gender Equity, Safe Communities and New Americans Committee, González has helped coordinate the City’s response to the U.S. Justice Department’s consent decree mandating reform of the Seattle Police Department. A federal judge ruled last week that the city has met a threshold allowing for a package of legislative changes to proceed—moving the City one step closer to lifting the decree.
“I’m proud of the work I’ve done to help move this process forward, and look forward to working on policies that restore community trust and department pride,” said González. “Drawing from my experience as an attorney representing victims of excessive force and racial discrimination, and commitment to collective bargaining and due process, I believe I’ve brought an important perspective to this critical issue, and will continue this work if re-elected.”
In addition to police reform, González will build upon her lead role on wage and gender equity throughout this year and into the future. Her primary focus for 2017 is expanding paid family leave for Seattle workers.
“A city committed to equity, opportunity and prosperity for all is a city that provides workers the ability to take time with a newborn, a sick child or parent, or other life circumstances without fear of job loss, housing displacement or financial instability,” said González, who previously led efforts to propose expanded leave to Seattle’s City employees. “We’re finding common ground with businesses small and large, unions, advocates for workers and people across the city for a policy that works for our workers, and economy.”
An early supporter of public financing and the “Honest Elections” reforms that have introduced public financing to Seattle elections, González plans to participate in the groundbreaking new program.
“I look forward to building upon the grass roots strength of my 2015 campaign with a program that gives real people an investment in their democracy, and the governance of our city,” said González, who as part of her first campaign visited every Seattle neighborhood. “I am excited to continue learning from and discussing issues with people across Seattle as we look to build a more inclusive, affordable and prosperous city for all our residents.”
Committee Info: Elect Lorena | PO Box 23011 | Seattle, WA 98102