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Elect Girmay Zahilay

King County Council | District 2

Seattle is truly a tale of two cities. From the outside, it’s a glimmering tech capitol that’s home to the most valuable companies on the planet, high paying jobs, and the most educated population in the country. Then there’s the other side. Seattle and King County are responsible for devastating health disparities, quantifiable racism in the criminal justice system, extreme wealth and income inequality, and the third highest homeless population in the nation.

This is in stark contrast to our collective vision and to the legacy of the civil rights hero our county is named after, Martin Luther King, Jr. If we’re going to solve our biggest problems, we need to change the priorities of our political system, give our communities greater access to government, and fight for bold progressive policies.  We need to create a movement around these principles and elect leaders in office who will be uncompromising when it comes to these ideals. I promise you I will be that kind of leader.

MY NAME IS

Girmay Zahilay,

I am the son of Ethiopian refugees, the first in my family to attend high school or college, and a product of South Seattle housing projects and public schools. I am an attorney, non-profit founder, and organizer. My life experiences have shaped my desire to pursue public service and fight for our poor and working class neighbors. Over the coming months, I will work hard to earn your vote and support.

I’m running for King County Council because I believe in the promise of our youth. I believe every child in King County, the country, and the world, can achieve their potential if we provide them resources and remove the obstacles we’ve built around them. I’m running for King County Council because in one of the wealthiest counties of the wealthiest nation, none of our neighbors should be too poor to live and our seniors must have all the resources they need to live in dignity. I want to build on the work of those who came before us, change the priorities of our political system, give our communities greater access to government, and fight for bold progressive policies. Over the coming months, I am excited to share with you my vision for King County, the county that raised me.

This is our movement.

This is a movement for access . This is a movement for the people to get involved and make government work for us. If everyone who visits this website joins, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish together.

The Issues

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Affordable Housing

Building affordable housing must be a top priority for the King County Council.

Criminal Justice Reform

Our justice system must be restorative and fair for people of all races and income levels.

Political
Access

To fundamentally change our political system, we need to get money out, and get people in.

Transportation

All transportation decisions should be viewed through a social justice and equity lens.

Environmental Justice

Environmental justice demands maintaining safe and healthy living standards.

LABOR

King County must support workers and promote pro-worker, pro-union policies.

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