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August 1, 2017 Primary Election

City Council Position 9

M. Lorena González

PO Box 23011
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 395-5033
info@electlorenagonzalez.com
www.electlorenagonzalez.com

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Written Voters' Guide Statement

Councilmember Lorena González grew up as a migrant farmworker in the Yakima Valley; earning her first paycheck at age 8. A lifelong commitment to hard work, a passion for fairness, and a belief in the power of education has shaped Lorena’s progressive values and service to Seattle. A longtime civil rights attorney, Lorena puts our values into action – leading on issues that she will build upon in a second term, including:

Protecting Immigrants & Refugees: One of every five Seattle residents is foreign born. The fear of being unfairly targeted by the policies of Donald Trump are real -- that’s why Lorena created a $1 million legal defense fund for free civil legal aid to our immigrant community.

Safe Communities: As chair of the Gender Equity, Safe Communities & New Americans Committee Lorena secured new resources to combat domestic violence, sexual assault and neighborhood crime – including gun violence.

Committed to police accountability and oversight. Lorena sponsored legislation that makes the Community Police Commission permanent, creates a new Office of Inspector General of Public Safety and increases civilian staffing at the Office of Police Accountability. Lorena is equally committed to ensuring we have enough police officers and that we have the best-trained officers to address officer and community safety.

Working Families & Paid Family Leave: Lorena works to ensure that Seattle’s booming economy benefits all residents and workers. In addition to helping implement Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law, Lorena co-sponsored Seattle’s secure scheduling law, the second major city in the U.S. to provide predictability for hourly workers.

Knowing we must do more to provide economic stability for families, Lorena is working on a paid parental and family leave policy for all Seattle workers.

Housing Affordability: Everyone in Seattle should have access to affordable housing. Lorena will continue to support changes to zoning laws to support smart growth coupled with mass transit, as well as incentives – and penalties – to assure developers build more affordable units.

More than 3,000 people – many women and children – are homeless in our city. That’s unacceptable. Lorena will continue addressing known inefficiencies in our emergency shelter system, increase accountability for city-funded services, and accelerate construction of “Housing First” permanent housing options.

Proudly endorsed by: King County Democrats, District Democrat Organizations, King County Labor Council, OneAmerica Votes, Housing & Homeless Advocates, Small Business Owners, Women’s Rights & Environmental Leaders and many others.

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