City of Seattle at-large Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda announced in early February that she will run for King County Council District 8, following the departure of current Councilmember Joe McDermott. The West Seattle resident is currently serving her sixth year in office and is the City Council’s Budget Chair.In a press release sent out from her team, Mosqueda showed a passion for solving problems around behavioral health, public health, housing, displacement, affordable childcare, accessible transit, and job opportunities, “to improve the opportunity for working families to be healthy, housed and resilient.”As previously reported by the Emerald
, Mosqueda’s leadership in the passage of the JumpStart Housing Community Self-Determination Fund has helped “to allocate 13% from JumpStart’s progressive payroll tax to support community-based organizations (CBOs) and their efforts to combat displacement, gentrification, and housing insecurity.”Mosqueda has also cited her ability to bring together diverse constituents and coalitions at city, county, and state levels to pass policy changes. She has helped to raise the statewide minimum wage, pass sick leave for gig drivers, and implement Apple Health health care for Washington youth, as well as increase funding for reproduction rights, abortion care, mental health support for students, and childcare centers.King County District 8 covers South Seattle and South King County communities which include South Park, Georgetown, Chinatown-International District, White Center, Burien, and Tukwila.“District 8 is my home,” Mosqueda shared in the press release. “Our neighborhood is surrounded by working families, play areas and parks, nearby public beaches, bustling small businesses, bike lanes and trails, community centers and childcare, and multiple lines of transit — this is the kind of welcoming and accessible community I hope for all District 8 residents.”If Mosqueda wins the bid for King County Council, she could possibly be the first Latina to serve in that role.Visit TeamTeresa.org for more details about her King County Council candidacy.
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