A Partner for the People
WHAT HAVE WE ACCOMPLISHED?
My office has been working tirelessly in my first term on the King County Council to address some of our region’s most pressing challenges. We secured major investments in housing, infrastructure, and community centers. We addressed several public safety concerns, protected people from the pandemic, and designed solutions to address gun violence and homelessness. I write this to provide you a progress report on what we’ve been working on, not to suggest that these huge and complex problems have been solved.

I will continue to prioritize public safety, ending homelessness, and recovering from the pandemic. We will keep working hard for you and we invite you to partner with us on building the King County we all want to see.

Here are some highlights on thing we’ve been working on over the past year:

1. Supported and co-sponsored the Health through Housing initiative, which directs the County to buy existing hotels and motels to bring indoors 1,600 chronically unhoused people and provide them housing and supportive services

2. Protected thousands of tenants by passing a suite of historic Tenant Protections and Just Cause Eviction legislation to increase housing stability and reduce homelessness during the pandemic

3. Provided housing to dozens of unhoused Skyway residents by helping to establish the first Tiny House Village outside Seattle

4. Sponsored and passed the Surplus Land for Community ordinance to ensure King County makes available unused buildings and land for housing and other community facilities 

5. Led the funding and creation of a $2 million community-based gun violence prevention program

6. Championed Ranked Choice Voting and other voting reform efforts

7. Trained hundreds of new leaders by launching Build the Bench, an initiative that prepares the next generation of progressive elected leaders

8. Launched the Youth Achievement Center campaign to build a housing and jobs center for unhoused youth in South Seattle, which led to a $500,000 donation from the Seahawks

9. Worked with the Council to allocate billions of federal relief dollars to protect residents from COVID, provide millions in rental assistance, and expand transit and infrastructure projects around the region

10. Supported small businesses by establishing a $5 million economic development program in unincorporated King County

11. Initiated negotiations to buy a building for a Skyway Community Center using $10 million we secured in last year’s budget

12. Delivered a report on mental health crisis response systems to lay the groundwork for alternative emergency responders, after leading the charge on Charter Amendment 6

13. Advocated for the creation of a $10 million Participatory Budget to have community decide how funds are spent in unincorporated King County

14. Donated 8 minivans to organizations serving people who are elderly, disabled, or low-income

15. Established the Joint Aircraft Emissions Task Force to advance greenhouse gas reduction strategies and tactics, for which my team was honored with a Climate Justice Award from the Beacon Hill Council

16. Organized decision-makers and resources to promote public safety in key neighborhoods like Mt. Baker, Rainier Beach, and Little Saigon

17. Expanded public transit options for residents of Skyway and other South King County neighborhoods by helping to secure $6 million for Via on-demand van service

18. Promoted digital equity by funding internet services for marginalized communities and initiating a committee report to map King County’s journey toward public broadband

19. Sponsored and passed a motion committing the County to equity in contracting and calling on the Governor to repeal laws that prevent equity

20. Worked with US Bank and community to get US Bank to donate its building to Skyway for a Skyway Resource Center

21. Organized decision-makers to support refugee resettlement efforts from Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Ukraine, and other countries experiencing crisis

22. Co-created an Equitable Development Initiative to ensure King County supports development while preventing displacement of communities

23. Began drafting Extreme Weather Adaptation legislation to ensure King County creates a network of indoor options for people to escape extreme heat, cold, and wildfire smoke

24. Began pursuing strategies to dramatically increase our region’s behavioral healthcare capacity, by expanding mobile response and indoor recovery centers

25. Made public transit free for all youth 18 and under by co-sponsoring the Zero Youth Fare legislation

I am so incredibly proud of what we have accomplished together in my first year, but we’re just getting started and I need your support to ensure we are able to continue our work in bringing positive change to King County.

Please consider contributing $25, $50, $100, or $250 at electgirmay.com/donate, so we can continue our efforts to make King County a place where everyone is able to thrive.

Thank you all so much for your support over the last year. Serving the very district where I was raised has truly been a blessing and the greatest privilege of my life. I am honored to be a part of this fight for positive change in our region.  

Sincerely,
P.S. Please continue to stay safe and healthy, and follow all recommended public health guidelines. The latest guidance can always be found at publichealthinsider.com.
Endorsements
WE'VE BEEN BACKED BY EVERY DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION THAT ENDORSES IN THIS RACE
Last month, Girmay stood up in front of a packed room at the 37th District Democrats endorsement meeting and shared his vision for King County’s future. Dozens of first-time attendees and newly engaged community members came out to the meeting, sending a message that a new generation and new segments of Seattle’s population are eager to make their voices heard.

We were honored to secure the sole endorsement of the 37th District Democrats in a 108-45 vote. Every local District Democrats group that has completed their endorsement process so far has backed our campaign, and we are grateful for this incredible showing of support.

Here is a full list of all the organizations that have backed our campaign for King County Council, District 2:
THE STRANGER
THE STRANGER
KING COUNTY DEMOCRATS
KING COUNTY DEMOCRATS
SEATTLE TRANSIT RIDERS UNION
SEATTLE TRANSIT RIDERS UNION
43RD WASHINGTON DISTRICT DEMOCRATS
43RD WASHINGTON DISTRICT DEMOCRATS
37TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS
37TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS
46TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS
46TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS
11TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS
11TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS
KING COUNTY YOUNG DEMOCRATS
KING COUNTY YOUNG DEMOCRATS
TRANSPORTATION FOR WASHINGTON
TRANSPORTATION FOR WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON CONSERVATION VOTERS
WASHINGTON CONSERVATION VOTERS
WOMEN OF COLOR IN POLITICS
WOMEN OF COLOR IN POLITICS
SEN. JOE NGUYEN
SEN. JOE NGUYEN
SEN. MONA DAS
SEN. MONA DAS
FORMER REP. DAWN MASON
FORMER REP. DAWN MASON
SEN. BOB HASEGAWA
SEN. BOB HASEGAWA
PORT COMMISSIONER RYAN CALKINS
PORT COMMISSIONER RYAN CALKINS
CONTACT
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