COVID-19 hit us hard and exacerbated deep socioeconomic disparities, but as we face these challenges, we have an opportunity to reimagine the Seattle Dream. It’s taken courage to challenge old ways of thinking – and leaders like Lorena, with the vision and ability to bring people together, help move Seattle forward.
City of Progressive Values
Seattle has long been a leader for progressive change, and Lorena has helped lead the way. The first major city in the country to enact a $15 minimum wage. Paid family leave. Fair work-week scheduling for shift workers and sexual assault protections for hotel workers. A Legal Defense Fund to help defend immigrants from the Trump’s Administration’s deportation assaults. A $500 million loan fund for affordable housing, funded by the largest businesses in Seattle.
We’ve faced our share of challenges over the past few years. Cycling through four mayors in her nearly six years on the Council and ideological disagreements at City Hall have left the city rudderless at times.
Seattle was one of the first cities in the country hit by COVID-19 and we have felt the pain the longest, with too many essential workers struggling just to hang on. Too many small businesses that anchor our neighborhoods are gone or going under. Too many families are at risk of losing homes to foreclosure or eviction, through no fault of their own.
The fact is, our city has survived difficult circumstances, and there is so much more we can accomplish with Lorena’s progressive, pragmatic, and inclusive leadership.