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posted Friday, March 4, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 10
Activist Danni Askini to run for legislature

43rd District seat opens as Brady Walkinshaw runs for Congress
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Activist Danni Askini to run for legislature

43rd District seat opens as Brady Walkinshaw runs for Congress

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Activist Danni Askini announced March 1 that she is running for a state House seat from the 43rd Legislative District. If elected, she would be the first openly Transgender representative in state history.

The 43rd District includes Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, Wallingford, and part of the University District. The seat opened up when incumbent Rep. Brady Walkinshaw announced his run for Congress.

Askini is executive director of Gender Justice League and has been an outspoken advocate for Trans people since moving to Seattle in 2007. In the past few weeks, she has been fighting legislation in Olympia to bar Trans people from using gender-appropriate restrooms.

'As a resident of one of the most progressive districts in the state, it's frustrating to see extremists in the legislature who use fear and prejudice to attack our community, rather than addressing the real issues we all face: the cost of living is outpacing incomes, rents are skyrocketing, and higher education is more expensive than ever,' Askini said in a statement announcing her campaign.

'We need a bold, progressive leader who won't back down from these extremists and will focus on what matters.'

In the statement, Askini promised to fight for 'a more affordable Seattle, and a fair economy, and all of our civil rights.'

She has been an ally of Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant and says she will support:

o a bill included in Seattle's Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) recommendations to give landlords tax breaks if they set aside affordable housing;

o protections for renters against discrimination based on source of income; and

o increased funding for homelessness, affordable housing, and foster care programs.

Askini opposes a state Senate proposal to fence off the Seattle homeless encampment known as 'the Jungle.'

'Talking about building fences is a huge distraction that isn't actually helping people where they're at,' she said.

Askini will be running against affordable housing advocate Nicole Macri, LGBT political consultant Thomas Pitchford, environmental advocate Sameer Ranade, and lawyer Dan Shih.

All are Democrats.

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