As a renter, a transit rider, and a young person, I will bring new ideas, tireless energy, and a much needed perspective about the challenges too many face living and working in Seattle and King County today.

I am running for King County Council because we need smart policy and bold leadership to make real progress on the issues that matter in King County: bold policy approaches to addressing housing and homelessness because our neighbors cannot wait, transit and transportation solutions to keep our region moving, and leading on climate justice and environmental protection.

 

Real Solutions to Address Housing & Homelessness: 

The three largest household costs facing families and workers are housing, transportation, and child care. My vision for King County is centered on affordability. By building walkable affordable housing around transit hubs, we can better connect communities to economic opportunity, great schools, and high quality and affordable child care.

The County has an obligation to do more to get our unsheltered neighbors the care and housing they need. It’s apparent the County needs more units of affordable housing, and I’ll work with the County Council and the City of Seattle to make smart and necessary investments to deliver the affordable housing we desperately need. 

Lack of affordability is only one factor in the homelessness crisis facing our region, but mental health, addiction, and a myriad of other challenges play a role too. We need to evaluate how our investments in human services are paying off. By better coordinating and resourcing with cities and nonprofit service providers, we can do more to ensure we’re supporting those experiencing homelessness and have a meaningful plan to get them off the street.

We need investments in child care facilities at all of our major transit hubs. King County should prioritize land use requirements with cities to ensure space for child care facilities are accessible and directly invest in that infrastructure.

King County has rapidly grown over the last decade, but that doesn’t mean we can sit idly by while longstanding communities are disrupted and neighbors are forced into homelessness. I’ll make affordability—in transit, in housing, and in childcare to start—a top priority at the county level.

 

Transit & Transportation: 

Ridership on King County Metro is growing faster than any transit system in the country because we have invested in growing transit options, yet there is still much demand for more frequent and affordable transit. The King County Council has an enormous role in improving the cost and availability of transit. Access to reliable transportation is a major barrier preventing people from escaping poverty.

I have a lot of ideas for how the County can continue to improve our transit system. Let’s start with region-wide funding for Metro, creating a stable source of funding for transit, better connecting our communities, and ensuring people across King County have access to reliable and affordable transit.

Transit is a powerful tool for building equity—but we need to maximize its potential. I’ll push Metro and Sound Transit and to continue to reform fare enforcement and end misguided policies that disproportionately harm people of color and people who can’t afford fares. I’ll fight to put affordable transit passes in the hands of every person in the county, serving the dual purpose of better connecting neighbors across our region and providing additional funding for expanded services. 

I am proud to have led the Sound Transit 3 ballot initiative which secured the funding for 7 new stations in our district. We have waited long enough for mass transit – light rail must open on time and sooner: I have a deep experience working with Sound Transit and will fight for all options that can ensure we are speeding up the delivery of much needed light rail service. 

Our region is one of the most innovative in the world and has the fastest growing transit ridership in the country. I will push the County Council to make reforms and prioritize progressive metrics that meet our demands locally, rather than adopt race to the bottom approaches from transit systems outside the Puget Sound.

 

Leading on Climate Justice & Environmental Protections: 

King County has always been a leader on environmental protection and climate action. And with the federal government gutting environmental protections and actively denying climate change, King County must lead the nation on reducing pollution in our air and water. 

Our county should be a leader in reducing the use of fossil fuels through transit. That means speeding up the transition to electrify our Metro buses while also making transit service more reliable and accessible to all communities. Carbon pollution—the main driver of climate change—has marred our air quality and caused countless adverse health effects. By investing in transit, we can improve our public health and our planet’s health.

King County is made up of more than 2300 square miles of an incredible natural environment—including mountains, forests, lakes, and streams—interspersed with urban, suburban, and rural communities. There’s no reason we shouldn’t be a leader in conservation efforts, protecting our air, water, land, and natural resources. We need to maintain strong support for parks, make investments in drainage and wastewater projects, and implement thoughtful land use policies. 

The environment is one of our region’s greatest assets—but it won’t stay that way if we don’t step up to fight climate change, clean pollution, and preserve this amazing place we call home. On the County Council, I promise to be a loud and clear voice, and a proactive and effective advocate for our environment—because when it comes to our planet, we can’t afford to wait.

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

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 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

KBCS
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