Seattle - Surrounded by city and state leaders, as well as grassroots supporters, State Representative Jessyn Farrell (D - Northeast Seattle) announced her resignation from the state House of Representatives to dedicate her efforts to winning the Seattle mayor’s race.
This marks a seismic shakeup in the race for mayor, as the only candidate with a proven track record of progressive policy results, expertise in transportation and land use, and a demonstrated commitment to our public schools, begins campaigning full-time to become the first woman in 92 years to serve as mayor of Seattle. "As Mayor, I’ll bring my experience as an attorney and three-term legislator to address these challenges, and build a Seattle that is affordable, sustainable, and welcoming to all," said Farrell.
Speaking in support for Jessyn for mayor were several elected officials, from city councilmembers to neighboring mayors, to Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib. "Seattle is our country’s most rapidly changing city, Jessyn Farrell is the candidate to bring a generational shift in city politics, so that we can have new ideas and innovative approaches at this historic moment in Seattle’s history." said Habib. "That’s what she did in Olympia and that’s what she will do at City Hall."
State Representative Nicole Macri from the 43rd Legislative District added: "I have spent my career working on the front lines of homelessness and affordable housing and I can say there is no greater ally Seattle has in Olympia -- and no stronger voice we can elect Mayor -- than Jessyn Farrell. To make real progress on these issues will take experience, perseverance, and partnerships with providers, the County, and State. Only Jessyn brings those relationships and passion to this race."
City Councilmember Rob Johnson also spoke to Jessyn’s experience and leadership on issues important to the city, stating, "As our next Mayor, Jessyn will continue our press to build more affordable housing near our frequent transit stations. As a mom of kids in our public schools, we need her vision and collaborative nature as we work on next year’s pre-K, families, and education levies. And as a Sound Transit board member, she'll be able to build support throughout the region to ensure we're delivering light rail to Northgate, Ballard, and West Seattle as quickly as possible. I'm enthusiastic that she's running and proud to support her.”
State Auditor Pat McCarthy added: "Jessyn knows how to make government work-- with efficiency, transparency, and a commitment to delivering for the people she serves. She will bring not only a passion for public service to the office of Mayor, but a track record of getting good things done. She deserves our vote!"
Although unable to attend, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland also conveyed her support of Jessyn for mayor. "Seattle needs a pragmatic, inclusive leader with a track record of success on issues such as transportation, women's rights and affordable housing - issues that affect people every day. Jessyn is a great regional partner and will represent Seattle well," said Strickland.
Farrell chose the University District Food Bank as the backdrop for her event, bringing to the forefront her focus on the crisis in affordable housing, and the need to address homelessness across the city. “The income gap and lack of affordable housing isn’t an issue that will easily go away by calling for a sweep of encampments - it needs a more holistic, more compassionate approach to ending homelessness in our city.”
Jessyn’s official campaign kick-off event will be this Sunday at the Yesler Community Center, from 3pm to 5pm.
Farrell’s resignation leaves an open seat in the 46th Legislative District which represents Northeast Seattle, Lake Forest Park and Kenmore, a seat she has held for three terms.