I’m Running for Mayor

Hi, I’m State Representative Jessyn Farrell (D-Northeast Seattle), and today I announced that I’ll be seeking the Seattle Office of the Mayor.

This is not a decision I take lightly. As a Seattle native and attorney, I’ve served in the State House of Representatives since I was elected in 2012. I’ve championed progressive environmental, transportation, affordable housing, at-risk youth, and worker fairness legislation.

I’m running because I think now is the time. Today, our city faces extreme challenges related to our rapid growth and wealth gap. Seattle needs bold and steady leadership to find solutions to these issues. With a proven track record of showing results, I believe I’m uniquely qualified to usher in a new era and achieve the quality of life we want for all those who call Seattle home.

Transportation is deeply important to me. As the Executive Director of Transportation Choices Coalition, I led efforts that resulted in $25 billion in bus, rail, bike and pedestrian investments in Washington State. As a transportation leader in the state House, I was proud to pass the Driving While Under the Influence of Electronics Act, which will prevent loss of life and property on our roadways by requiring hands-free cell phone use.

I also helped pass the 2015 Connect Washington transportation package that made major new investments in affordable housing and transportation improvements throughout the City of Seattle.

We need to ensure that Seattle is a place for everyone — not just the wealthy few. I’m excited to bring my experiences as a lawyer, manager, lawmaker, and problem-solver to City Hall, so that we can take decisive action on our greatest challenges: homelessness, housing affordability, traffic congestion, and economic inequality.

I’m proud to be known as one of Washington State’s strongest champions of smart urban growth, and have worked to protect the rights of renters and transit commuters, so I’m confident I can get it done.

I have strong supporters in my corner, too. Lt. Governor, Cyrus Habib has already endorsed me, saying:

Throughout my time in the Legislature and in my current role, there is no one in public office I trust more than Jessyn to actually put her progressive values into action. She didn’t just talk about income inequality; she got her colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass a statewide increase in the minimum wage, paid sick leave, and workplace protections for pregnant workers.

I’m also very proud to have the support of memebers of my community. Tali Rausch, who’s a parent of three children in public schools and an education activist, said this:

If you want to understand Jessyn’s values and why we need her as our first woman mayor in nearly a century, just look at her experience. From tutoring refugees in Yesler Terrace as an Americorps member to breaking the roads-versus-transit gridlock, to passing legislation to support mothers and children, she has a progressive, pragmatic track record that will provide the steady leadership Seattle needs now more than ever.

My campaign begins right now. Throughout the Spring and Summer, I’m looking forward to meeting with residents of every neighborhood and sharing my vision for the city.

I’d love it if you’d join me.