King County Council incumbent Jeanne Kohl-Welles is facing a young challenger in Abigail Doerr. They discuss their positions and why you should vote for them.
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.