Seattleites are proud of our progressive reputation, good environment, and thriving economy. Yet, far too many people are left out of Seattle’s prosperity. To eliminate this gap, we must address homelessness and affordable housing, create more educational opportunities and good living wage jobs, and invest in our health, transportation, and infrastructure. Together, we can create a Seattle that works for all!

I’m Teresa Mosqueda and I’m running for Seattle City Council, citywide in Position 8, because I am committed to:

Protecting the rights of every resident in our city,
Making sure we can afford to live in the city where we work, play, study, and retire, and
Building an economy that works for all, not just the wealthy few.

I believe I am in a unique position to make a difference for our city. I have the experience of building broad coalitions around policies that improve the lives for Seattleites and Washingtonians. I know the hard work it takes to develop policies, pass laws, ensure community is at the table and monitor for unintended consequences. I am eager to build a Seattle that is inclusive and equitable, and I am ready to protect the rights of all our residents. 

I have spent my entire career advocating for working families rooted in my experience in the labor movement and in public health. I am very proud to have helped draft and then pass Initiative 1433 to provide paid sick and safe leave for all workers in our state and raise the state’s minimum wage for all low-wage working families. I am proud to have served as the consumer advocate on the WA Affordable Care Act Exchange Board, where I constantly stood up with, and spoke out on behalf of, working families, women, people of color, immigrants and the lowest wage individuals to make sure they were getting the health insurance that was promised under the ACA. I am proud that while at the Children’s Alliance, I led the implementation of Apple Health for Kids to cover every child in our state and helped to make sure that no child was turned away from the healthcare they needed. And while at the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, I am proud of our work to lift up low-wage workers, support small businesses, protect immigrant rights, create healthy and safe workplaces, and promote for health care for all!

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, am a third-generation Mexican-American, and am the daughter of educators and social justice activists. Throughout our, life my little sister and I learned first-hand what it means to stand up for the most vulnerable and fight for change. We grew up making our own handmade signs for rallies and protests, just like many of the kiddos we see in the rallies in response to Trump today.  I’ve dedicated my career to making sure no one is left out or left behind, and those are the values my parents taught me. That is the commitment I will bring to Seattle City Council.

I am a proud graduate of the University of Washington, and earned my Master’s Degree in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College. When I am elected, I will be the only renter on the City Council. I rent in the Queen Anne neighborhood where I live with my fiancé.

I look forward to hearing more from you, and I hope to earn your vote.

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