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, and commuter rail expansion in the Puget Sound region, along with a handful of other successful campaigns that expanded transit options throughout the state. As Advocacy Director at Transportation Choices Coalition, Doerr has experience working with a wide range of decision-makers and building strong coalitions to pass bold intersectional policies. Through her recent work as the Campaign Director for Yes on 1631, the statewide carbon emissions fee initiative, Doerr understands what’s at stake for future generations and the pressing need to act on climate now. Read More

SeattlePI
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 than two decades in the Washington Legislature. Doerr is a transit advocate who has worked for the Transportation Choices Coalition, campaigned for Sound Transit 3, helped manage the unsuccessful carbon fee measure, Initiative 1631, and supported creation of a Seattle Parks District. Read 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 successful campaigns to boost funding for Seattle Parks and for more bus service in the city. She worked for a year as a legislative assistant to City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, before joining Transportation Choices Coalition, the region’s leading transit-advocacy group, as advocacy director. Read More

the Stranger
Transit advocate Abigail Doerr Announces Bid for King County Council

Doerr told me that she grew up in Spokane and moved to Seattle in 2011 and has since worked as a staffer for City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and a handful of initiative campaigns. She was the campaign manager for a successful Seattle bus funding measure in 2014, the campaign manager for a successful Seattle parks funding measure in 2014, the campaign manager for Mass Transit Now which backed Sound Transit’s successful $54-billion funding package in 2016 the Sound Transit 3, and the campaign manager for Initiative 1631, 2018’s failed carbon tax initiative. Doerr told me that even though 1631 failed to get enough statewide votes to win, her work on the campaign still shows her viability in Seattle. She said the initiative won over 70 percent of the votes in the council district she is running in and showed how she is able to bring people from different groups together. Read 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 this wasn’t a nice-to-have but a must-have for our region to prosper and move forward.” Read 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