by Mark Van Streefkerk
2020 is more than halfway over, and in a short amount of time Seattle has seen significant movement on issues such as Black Lives Matter, defunding the police, and progressive tax initiatives — much more so than in recent years. It only took a pandemic and an unemployment rate that rocketed to 15.4% in Washington state in April to raise greater awareness about these issues and other systemic inequities, many of which disproportionately affect the 37th legislative district. Encompassing Beacon Hill, the Central District, Rainier Valley, Columbia City, Rainier Beach, and Renton, the 37th district includes the most diverse parts of Seattle. As demands for racial justice and equity are amplified through almost daily protests, marches, and demonstrations, selecting our district’s two representatives to Olympia requires careful consideration. Continue reading Got Your Ballot? 37th Legislative District Positions 1 and 2 Candidates Speak at Community Forum
by Mark Van Streefkerk
On Monday, June 29, Andrea Caupain, candidate for state representative in Seattle’s 37th legislative district, announced she was suspending her campaign. Of the remaining two candidates, Kirsten Harris-Talley and Chukundi Salisbury, Caupain officially endorsed Salisbury. Caupain led the candidates in funds raised at over $81,000, but said her reason for leaving the race was to better serve locally, especially in light of COVID-19’s disproportionate effects on the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities she serves through the nonprofit Byrd Barr Place.
Continue reading Andrea Caupain Suspends Campaign For State Representative, Endorses Chukundi Salisbury
by Emerald Staff
Kirsten Harris-Tally says her decision to run for the state legislature came down to one thing: It’s where she felt she could make the biggest impact for the community she’s called home for the past 15 years.
On Thursday, the Hillman City resident announced her run for state representative of Washington’s 37th Legislative District, which includes Beacon Hill, the Central District, the Rainier Valley, Skyway, and parts of Renton. Continue reading Announcing Run for State Legislature, Kirsten Harris-Talley Promises Public Policy Mirroring Community Needs