Affordable Access To Child Care For All With A “Child First” Vision

A “10% by 2020” vision for child care costs per family’s income

Access to affordable, high quality childcare and early education is one of the most pressing issues facing Seattle’s families. Our society has a responsibility to give every child a great start in life, to promote economic justice, and to empower women to participate equally in the workforce. Affordable access to child care is the next progressive issue where Seattle can lead the country. 

Providing high-quality, well supported child care is one of the most effective tools we can use to close the opportunity gap and bring economic justice for both families and providers. Unfortunately, the cost is too high for many families to afford, and child care workers are still drastically underpaid.

Jessyn Farrell wants to change that. At a forum hosted by SEIU 925 Thursday night, the candidate for mayor rolled out a bold, holistic vision by setting a 2020 goal to provide every child under 5 access to quality birth-to-5 child care and early learning, while ensuring that caregivers earn a living wage.

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West Seattle Blog: Jessyn Farrell wins ‘mayoral showdown’ @ 34th District Democrats

West Seattle Blog writes:

[Farrell] described herself as a former state legislator, lawyer, mother of 3, former director of the Transportation Choices Council, and more. She touted her endorsements. “I am running because I am deeply concerned about the affordability crisis facing … our city.” She said she wants to see light rail sped up to get to Ballard, downtown, and West Seattle. And she said she wants to lead on climate change.

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The final vote left Farrell the winner of the “showdown” – 53 to 39 – donning a Western hat offered by the 34th leadership:

Read the whole summary and watch video clips here.


Queen Anne & Magnolia News: Farrell leaves legislature with belief she can best enact progressive solutions as mayor

Queen Anne & Magnolia News writes:

Leaving her position as a state representative was a difficult decision for Jessyn Farrell.

“I have loved being in the Legislature, and I have loved the opportunity to serve the residents of the 46th District,” she said, “but I have also been seeing really significant changes coming to my district.”

Among the changes, an increasing number of local schools with Title I status, meaning at least half of their students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

“That’s because people who are housing-vulnerable have a hard time living in the city, and I really believe that the best way to serve my constituents right now in the time of an affordability crisis, with major transportation stresses and with our homelessness crisis is to be the mayor, and to really use the skills and track record and progressive values that I share with the rest of the city to get some solutions in place on these issues.”

Read the whole article here.

Leaving her position as a state representative was a difficult decision for Jessyn Farrell.

“I have loved being in the Legislature, and I have loved the opportunity to serve the residents of the 46th District,” she said, “but I have also been seeing really significant changes coming to my district.”

Among the changes, an increasing number of local schools with Title I status, meaning at least half of their students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

“That’s because people who are housing-vulnerable have a hard time living in the city, and I really believe that the best way to serve my constituents right now in the time of an affordability crisis, with major transportation stresses and with our homelessness crisis is to be the mayor, and to really use the skills and track record and progressive values that I share with the rest of the city to get some solutions in place on these issues.”

- See more at: http://www.queenannenews.com/Content/News/Homepage-Rotating-Articles/Article/Farrell-leaves-legislature-with-belief-she-can-best-enact-progressive-solutions-as-mayor/26/538/39305#sthash.tlmQnrIY.dpuf

Leaving her position as a state representative was a difficult decision for Jessyn Farrell.

“I have loved being in the Legislature, and I have loved the opportunity to serve the residents of the 46th District,” she said, “but I have also been seeing really significant changes coming to my district.”

Among the changes, an increasing number of local schools with Title I status, meaning at least half of their students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

“That’s because people who are housing-vulnerable have a hard time living in the city, and I really believe that the best way to serve my constituents right now in the time of an affordability crisis, with major transportation stresses and with our homelessness crisis is to be the mayor, and to really use the skills and track record and progressive values that I share with the rest of the city to get some solutions in place on these issues.”

- See more at: http://www.queenannenews.com/Content/News/Homepage-Rotating-Articles/Article/Farrell-leaves-legislature-with-belief-she-can-best-enact-progressive-solutions-as-mayor/26/538/39305#sthash.tlmQnrIY.dpuf

The C Is for Crank Interviews: Jessyn Farrell

The C is for Crank writes:

This afternoon, state Rep. Jessyn Farrell (D-46) will formally announce that she is resigning her seat to run for mayor full-time, freeing her to start raising the funds she’ll need to stand out in the 21-person race. Farrell is popular in her North Seattle district but relatively unknown outside it, and she told me last week that if she wants to expand her support base, she’ll need to raise at least $250,000 for television alone. State law prohibits legislators from raising money while the legislature is in session, or for 30 days before session convenes, which has restricted both Farrell and another mayoral candidate, state Sen. Bob Hasegawa, from raising money. “I take my duties as a legislator very seriously, but in getting into this race, I want to win and it’s important to put skin in the game and put something on the line,” she said. “I’m willing … to walk away from a job I really love to do what it takes to win this race.”

Prior to running for state house in 2012, Farrell was a senior advisor at Pierce Transit and, before that, executive director of the Transportation Choices Coalition.

I sat down with Farrell last week at Fuel Coffee in Wallingford.

Read the whole interview here.


Seattle Met: Jessyn Farrell Resigns as State Legislator, Will Focus on Mayor’s Race

Seattle Met writes:

“It is with a heavy heart that I do this. It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of the 46th district in the last five years in Olympia,” Farrell said at the University District Food Bank on Wednesday afternoon. “At the same time, I’m excited to bring the track record and the skills I have to the truly urgent issues that we face in the city.”

Farrell—a former director of the Transportation Choices Coalition, a progressive who appeals to urbanists and environmentalists and has garnered support from Democratic state and local lawmakers—could make it through the primary. Her ability to raise money just gave her another competitive edge. She was joined at her press conference Wednesday by two state representatives (Nicole Macri and Noel Frame), lieutenant governor Cyrus Habib, state auditor Pat McCarthy, and council member Rob Johnson. 

“I know Jessyn well,” Johnson said Wednesday. “I know she’s got the policy chops and the political skill to be able to continue the work that we have started at the city to really make sure we’re building affordable housing near our transit centers.”

Read the whole post here.


Jessyn Farrell Resigns From The State Legislature

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."

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The Stranger: Mayoral Candidate Jessyn Farrell Will Resign Her House Seat

The Stranger writes:

State Representative Jessyn Farrell, a Democrat representing Northeast Seattle, plans to resign her House seat to focus on running for mayor.

Farrell announced her decision in an email to reporters and will hold a formal press conference tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at the University District Food Bank. Several prominent Democrats, including Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib, State Auditor Pat McCarthy, and State Representative Nicole Macri, plan to stand by her side during the appearance.

"With so many issues facing our city—from transportation and education, to homelessness and housing affordability—Seattle needs a mayor who shares our values and has the expertise to bring results," Farrell said in a separate statement. "That's why I've made the decision to resign my seat and fully commit to winning this race."

Read the whole post here.


Seattle Weekly: State Rep. Jessyn Farrell to Resign From House Seat to Focus on Seattle Mayoral Race

Seattle Weekly writes:

Rep. Jessyn Farrell, who has represented northeast Seattle’s 46th Legislative district since 2012, will step down from her seat in the state House to focus on her recently-announced campaign for Seattle mayor.

The news came in a press release Tuesday that emphasized the candidate’s policy priorities, which include housing affordability, protecting the city’s social safety net, environment, and transportation (before Farrell was a state representative, she led the advocacy group Transportation Choices Coalition). On Wednesday, she’ll be flanked by colleagues and supporters at the University District Food Bank as she makes a more detailed pitch.

“She wants to go full in; she is fully committed to this race,” says Lily Eriksen, Farrell’s campaign manager. “And the only way to do that is really to step down. It was a difficult decision. She’s loved being a state representative.”

Read the whole post here.


Jessyn Wins 46th District Democrats Dual Endorsement!


 



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