My name is Abigail Doerr and I am running for King County Council because we need new energy and fresh ideas on the King County Council. We need our leaders focused on county government's basic responsibilities: transportation, housing affordability, mental health and the environment.
As a renter and transit rider, I will fight to improve Metro transit and ensure we are building a region that is affordable and accessible for all.

We all love Seattle because it is a place of great beauty and innovation. I am so grateful for the opportunities this region has offered me, but am concerned about how difficult it has become for many to afford to live here. We need leaders who will roll up their sleeves and lead on the solutions that match the scale of the challenges we are facing: housing affordability, traffic, homelessness, the cost of childcare, and threats to our environment.

My vision for King County is to have reliable, frequent, and affordable transit for everyone. Where everyone has a home that they can afford to live in. Where our kids have the opportunity to thrive and breathe clean air. And where parents don’t have to worry about the quality and cost of who is taking care of their kids and their parents.

I was raised in a household with three generations. My parents worked full time and cared for my elderly grandfather while raising three daughters. They taught me hard work and the great lengths we go to care for the ones we love and the community we live in.

I have spent my career bringing together coalitions of labor, business, environmentalists, and communities of color to address our regions biggest challenges. As a transportation and environmental advocate, I have a track record of getting things done:

  • At Transportation Choices Coalition, I led the campaign to pass Sound Transit 3, a historic effort that will build our light rail system including 7 stations in District 4.
  • I led the campaign to pass Initiative 1631, the most ambitious and equitable climate initiative in the country.
  • I have led efforts to successfully bring more transit service to Seattle and invest in our parks and open spaces.
  • I have worked shoulder to shoulder with affordable housing and human service providers to create more affordable housing and ensure we are building a connected and thriving region for everyone, especially our most vulnerable neighbors.

After growing up in Spokane and attending Willamette University, I moved to Seattle to work as an organizer registering young people to vote. I managed a pair of successful Seattle campaigns to provide permanent funding for Seattle parks and needed transportation investments. I went on to work as a legislative assistant for Councilmember Sally Bagshaw. I later served as the Advocacy Director at Transportation Choices Coalition where I worked at the junction of transportation, racial equity, and environmental conservation. Most recently, I led the campaign to pass Initiative 1631, a first in the nation effort to address climate change by placing a fee on carbon pollution.

I am the proud auntie of Mae and Finch who live in Portland with their parents. I live in the Belltown neighborhood.

The Urbanist
The Urbanist’s August Primary Endorsements 2019

The Urbanist endorses Abigail Doerr for King County Council District 4. Doerr’s do-er energy and transportation and climate expertise makes her a strong urbanist leader. Doerr successfully led the Mass Transit Now campaign in 2016, securing $54 billion for light rail, bus rapid transit, andRead More

Young Democrats back challengers to Sawant, Kohl-Welles and Gossett

The Young Democrats would pump new blood into what has been an often-ignored, albeit well paid King County Council. They voted to endorse Abigail Doerr, a 29-year-old challenger to 77-year-old incumbent King County Council member Jeanne Kohl-Welles. Kohl-Welles previously served for more thanRead More

The Seattle Times
Transit advocate Abigail Doerr running for King County Council

Doerr said she wants to work to find a new funding source for bus service in King County. The Seattle Transportation Benefit District, which funds about $45 million a year of bus service in the city, expires in 2020. Doerr has worked in local politics since 2014, when she managed successfulRead More

Denver Streets Blog
To Raise Funds for Transit, Denver Can Follow the Lead of Seattle and LA

“One of the common pieces of push-back we got is that transit is a shiny nice-to-have, not a must-have,” said Abigail Doerr, who helped get the Seattle region’s tax passed as advocacy director for Transportation Choices Coalition. “We had to make sure that we were making the case that thisRead More

The Urbanist
Sunday Video: The Seattle Streetcar

In this video, advocacy director Abigail Doerr from Transportation Choices Coalition talks about the benefits of the Seattle Streetcar and in particular how the Center City Connector will improve the system.Read More

Mass Transit
A Major Transit Victory in the Puget Sound

This has been an excellent start, but it is not enough to meet the demands of the region. To plan for the growth that we are expecting and the traffic congestion we are experiencing, Sound Transit leadership spent three years developing the next phase of expansion fighting political battles toRead More

The Seattle Times
Angle Lake Station Opening

Abigail Doerr, manager of the Mass Transit Now (pro-ST3) campaign, said in a debate this week the station is opening four years early. That’s based on goals from the 2008 ST2 campaign. Back in the Sound Move campaign of 1996, Angle Lake service was promised by 2006, but severely flawed costRead More

Unmute the Commute: Sound Transit 3 Ballot Measure

With a national election approaching, voters are weighing some key issues. For Puget Sound area residents, a major transportation initiative will be decided. If approved, Sound Transit 3 will expand and improve local transit. Jennie Cecil Moore interviewed Abigail Doerr, Advocacy Director of Read More

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog
ST3: a Capitol Hill view of what’s next for Sound Transit

For local transit advocates like Abigail Doerr, advocacy director for the pro-light rail Transportation Choices Coalition and a Capitol Hill resident, ST3 is a key opportunity to get it right to go all out and build out the regional mass transit network to its fullest extent. “We would like toRead More

Seattle Central College
Washington Bus: YOUth Powered Democracy

Video recording of a forum hosted by the Washington Bus to facilitate a conversation on how the barriers to access, the opportunity gap, and existing political culture keep young people out from engaging in politics.Read More

Thank you so much for your support in my campaign! While our efforts didn’t result in a win — I am so proud that I decided to run to elevate the issues that motivated me to run: climate, housing, and transit. I am so grateful for all of you who came along this journey and donated, endorsed, doorbelled, and cheered us on!
Many young women have approached me this year about running for office and I'll say it again: please run! Fight for the community you love, challenge the status quo, run competitive races, knock on doors, present bold policy and big ideas, bring others along with you and let’s lay the groundwork for a future for all of us. Some races are an uphill battle. But by taking risks to make bold change, in the process you do so much for your community. You will be stronger for it and more determined for whatever is next!

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I stuck my ballot in the mail today. Have you voted yet?! I voted: ✅Yes on I-1000/R-88 ❌ No on 976 AND I filled in the bubble next to Abigail Doerr 🗳!! Get those ballots filled out and returned by Nov 5th. ...

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We are walking fast! Who is ready for: ✅ regional solutions on homelessness
✅ urgent action on climate
✅ improvements to our transit system

Let's go do it together!

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Ballots should be arriving in your mailbox!! We had a great crew on the doors last weekend AND we have reached our 35,000th door of the campaign. #doerrtodoor Let’s do this!! ...

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Many thanks to the crew from the #43rdDems for hitting the pavement with us this crisp Saturday morning! Special appearance by some sleepy pups. ...

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