by Ryan Phelan
November 2, 2017
In this period of political instability, both in Seattle and the country as a whole, this city needs a mayor with their eyes set on fixing the pervasive issues, as well as the experience to accomplish these solutions. Jenny Durkan is the mayor this city needs.
Following the resignation of Ed Murray as mayor of Seattle, amid his fifth child sex abuse accusation, the people of Seattle have been tasked with choosing the best mayoral candidate to address the city's issues regarding homelessness, housing, policing, and many more. Durkan possesses the necessary expertise, ideas, and background.
Durkan has 20 years of experience in law, including serving as the US Attorney in Seattle from 2009 to 2014. In 2012, she successfully pushed for widespread reform in the Seattle Police Department at the behest of community groups, establishing the Community Police Commission in response to uses of excessive force. She also established a Civil Rights Department within her office as US Attorney, targeting discrimination within employment and housing.
In a political climate that has seen Washington state and Seattle, in addition to many other cities, under attack from President Donald Trump, it is important to have a mayor who can serve and protect the interests of this city. Durkan's civic background in Seattle, as well as her decades of experience as an attorney, show she has the willingness and experience necessary to handle this task.
Durkan's experience serves as stark contrast to her opponent, Cary Moon, whose experience as an urban planner has been overstated. Moon's experience largely lies in the realm of activism, which, while commendable, does not provide her with the experience that will be required to put her plans into action. There has recently been a push for anti-establishment candidates in American politics, but in the race to be Seattle's mayor, only one of the final candidates possesses the governmental experience necessary to tackle the city's most pressing issues.
In regards to policy, Durkan provides a balance of lofty aspiration with pragmatism. She supports greater outreach in regards to homelessness, such as increasing shelter space, building micro-housing, and consolidating regional homeless services.
As an answer to the city's increasing housing issues, she plans to implement the current Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, which includes rapidly increasing development of affordable housing units for those most vulnerable. Her agenda includes two years of free community college for all Seattle public high school graduates. She has also provided a comprehensive plan to protect Seattle's small businesses and maintain the strong connection between our city and our industry, all while fighting for the rights of our labor force.
She has also shown an ability to learn and develop her positions, such as her view on safe injection sites. This is an incredibly valuable qualification for an executive position built around difficult decisions.
Durkan has received endorsement from workers, labor leaders, environmentalists, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and many other groups. It's no surprise why: She has spent her career fighting for their rights. She has a backlog of governmental and legal success, and has been a champion for the people of Seattle. She has done far more than Moon in showing dedication to this city, and has the extensive experience that will make her an effective mayor.
The problems that this city faces will not be solved by talking points and promises. They will be solved by the hard work, experience, and dedication necessary from our public servants. This is exactly what Durkan offers, and it is exactly why you should vote for her when you send in your ballot.
The general Election Day is Nov. 7. Regardless of your candidate, make sure you cast a ballot and make your voice heard.
Courtesy of Jenny Durkan for Seattle
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