Thank You for Your Support

For the past 60 days, I have had the opportunity to talk with over 2,000 residents living in district, and I have heard a wide range of concerns about the direction our city is heading. I have attended many forums covering broad issues from environmental and transportation concerns to education and housing – all of critical importance to the quality of life for my family, my neighbors and my city.

As a candidate, I have been blessed with broad support from people across this city willing to back my candidacy and I have had a committed and talented team guiding my campaign from the start.

For all of those reasons, it is with mixed emotions that I am today announcing my withdrawal from the Seattle City Council race for the District 5 seat.

As my campaign began to take shape, a growing issue of deep concern has been rapidly spreading across our nation – and it is an issue that I cannot continue to stand by and ignore. There is a growing disparity around racial justice issues in our community and an ever-widening economic divide that only serves to make the problem worse. In the face of the tragic events we’ve witnessed in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD, I have come to realize that this is the issue I need to devote my time and attention to, because this is where my passion resides.

As is true for so many of those individuals I connected with at the door of their home or their store-front, I too care deeply about the direction our city is heading. That is why I have decided to follow my heart and focus my energy and attention on doing all I can to ensure that we do not become another Ferguson or Baltimore.

I am just beginning to map out a plan moving forward, but as this effort takes shape, I will continue to keep my supporters and our broader community informed and engaged. In the meantime, I want to say a heartfelt “thank you” to all of you who stood by my side from the beginning. It is my hope that together we can find a way to overcome racial injustice and economic disparity, and unite around an effort aimed at ensuring safety and shared prosperity for all who call Seattle home.