Endorsements

On November 8, our ballots are due for an important election. We will select a new President and Vice-President along with other state political bodies and we will vote on some significant initiatives. Washington CAN! has endorsed the following candidates and initiatives:

Candidates

5th Congressional District: Joe Pakootas
7th Congressional District: Pramila Jayapal

State Representative, 6th Legislative District, Pos. 1: Lynnette Vehrs
State Representative, 6th Legislative District, Pos. 2: Shar Lichty

Initiatives We Support

Yes on 124: Health and Safety Standards to Protect Seattle Hotel Workers
Yes on 735: Citizens United
Yes on 1433: Raise Up Washington
Yes on 1491: Extreme Risk Protection Orders; gun responsibility
Yes on 1501: Protect Seniors & Vulnerable

Initiatives We Oppose

No on 732: Carbon WA
No on 1518: WRA Minimum Wage

Washington CAN! Endorses Jon Grant for Seattle City Council Position 8

 

Jon GrantSEATTLE – October 14, 2015 – Washington Community Action Network endorses Jon Grant for Seattle City Council, Position 8. Throughout his career working on housing issues, he has been a strong advocate for communities of color, low-income communities, and women. This week, Jon Grant has shown Seattle that he is willing to take a stand against corporate interests intent on buying elections.

“We are proud to endorse Jon Grant for Seattle City Council Position 8,” said Washington CAN! Political Director Mauricio Ayon. “While he was the executive director of the Tenant’s Union, we worked closely with him in the fight against the Seattle Housing Authority’s Stepping Forward proposal, which aimed to raise the rents of hundreds of low-income tenants in our city by 400%.”

As the executive director for the Tenants Union, Jon Grant was instrumental in strengthening tenant’s rights, such as the “Healthy Homes” Rental Registration Inspection Ordinance. He has a demonstrated record of success in creating policies that protect the rights of low income tenants,  and domestic violence survivors. His commitment pushing a principal-reduction program for people facing foreclosure is key to preventing displacement of women and people of color. His nuanced approach to low income housing policy will result in more affordability in our city.

“I believe Jon is the candidate who will best represent people like me. I am a tenant in low-income housing raising my three grandchildren,” said Washington CAN! member Gina Owens. “I need elected officials who will work to keep Seattle affordable for everyone, especially women and people of color.”

 

Washington CAN! Endorses Lisa Herbold for Seattle City Council’s First District Seat

lisa-herboldSEATTLE – October 13, 2015 – Washington Community Action Network (CAN!) has endorsed city council candidate Lisa Herbold in Seattle’s first district. Herbold has been a fierce advocate on the council regarding issues that advance racial and economic justice which are core elements of Washington CAN!’s mission.

“We are proud to endorse Lisa Herbold for city council district one,” said William Daley, the Interim Executive Director of Washington CAN!. “We’ve worked closely with Lisa to address important issues like the gentrification of communities of color in Seattle, winning paid sick leave for workers, and stopping the impact of medical debt on low-income residents in the city. She has been one of our closest allies in helping build a Seattle in which all can thrive.”

As an aide for Councilmember Nick Licata, Herbold helped lead us towards winning paid sick leave for workers. She was also instrumental in getting the city to address foreclosure crisis in low-income communities and communities of color by investing $150 thousand in outreach to struggling homeowners to connect them with the support they needed.

“I’m honored to receive Washington CAN!’s endorsement,” said Herbold. “I have been a strong supporter of Washington CAN!’s work to achieve racial, social, and economic justice in Seattle. I will continue this important work with communities and important allies like Washington CAN! if I’m elected.”

Seattle’s first district covers West Seattle.

“As a resident of the first district, I feel Lisa is the candidate who best represents my interests as a homeowner faced with foreclosure and a community member,” said Washington CAN! leader Joelle Craft. “She has fought hard for workers and has led the way on affordable housing.”