2017 Seattle Mayoral Race: To Hell with Durkan, Vote Moon!

I passionately believe that Cary Moon the the only candidate worth voting for in Seattle’s mayoral race.

Rents continue to skyrocket, community displacement is rampant for some parts of the city, homelessness has been exploding, and rising poverty is hitting persons of color: 1 in 3 African Americans and American Indians living in Seattle do so officially in poverty. All the while we have a police force that does not or respect our communities, is not accountable for its actions, and is even protected by state law from prosecution unless their actions are “with malice”. The most recent example of this can be seen here.

Cary Moon, while not wanting to rip up HALA, understands that, as it has so far been implemented and as it has so far set its target goals, HALA is doomed to fail as a stand alone tool to keep Seattle affordable because it absolutely cannot keep up with population growth. She has the guts to say that communities across the city need to get more dense — less single family zoning — than they currently are. She has the guts to say that massive corporations should pay their fair share to accommodate for the impacts they have on existing city services and growing unaffordability, while still understanding that they bring in the jobs that people need in order to be successful. Passion is what gets someone into urban planning after an engineering degree, and her passion shows.

Cary Moon will be a fighter for affordable housing, mass transit, and data-driven policy decisions. She can see how the city of Seattle is tied into the state of Washington, and understands the need for change to happen on both the local and state level — her election can bring advocacy to Olympia at a time when Democrats will likely control the House, Senate, and Governorship of our state. An advocate in this situation may find receptive ears across the state, and that is exciting because we all understand that Seattle’s housing is tied to the greater region’s economy — and Seattle’s transit is too.

Cary understands that top notch public schools and municipal wifi, as well as a fiber connection to every home, will make Seattle stronger economically and intellectually — not to mention more equitable. In 2017, a great education and affordable, fast internet access give both current and future residents of our city a competitive edge when it comes to determining their own destinies. Cary is on record for supporting a municipal bank. Durkan opposes this bank. After DAPL, it should be terrifyingly clear that we have a banking system where profit goes even above human survival. Part of DAPL runs under the Mississippi river. Forget 2008, think about what an oil spill in our nation’s 2nd longest river and the world’s longest river system would do to the cities and towns that developed alongside it — both to their economies and to their resident’s health, plus mass death of wildlife. Not only that, but a municipal bank that made more money than it took in could use this money to help fund desperately needed affordable housing and, yes, public housing. Objection to local towns and cities building a financial system that serves the people, rather than one determined to be served by the people, makes Jenny Durkan at best simply uninnovative but, more likely, a corrupt person chasing official power — especially when she says things like “a tax on investment properties would be a distraction” and talks about funding sources like this. I’ve had enough corrupt politicians to last a lifetime, and I’m 25. Let’s not continue to damage our country’s democratic institutions by voting Durkan into office.

Cary will fight for the capital gains tax because she realizes that in a city of haves and have-nots, a tax on capital gains is the right thing to do and is well worth a fight at the supreme court. The fact that we have a society where the most wealthy pay a lower tax rate on their earnings than the rent-burdened person working two jobs to stay afloat is abhorrent. Cary wants an excise tax on nonresident real estate sales, and it’s about damn time. People who want to live in our city should be monetarily incentivised ahead of ultra-rich vacationers and speculators who just want to use our city. She supports the Preservation Tax Exemption (MFTE) and sees it as a potential win-win for preservation and affordability.

Most importantly though, Cary talks about having more of a bottom up government and less of a top down one. Imagine that, a government that actually was based on serving the public rather than kowtowing to entrenched interests seeking to profit from exclusive relationships. A person like Cary has a shot at getting communities together and making this work. She can call out socio-economic border walls that give Trump a wet dream and she can do so from a position of both personal empathy and mayoral authority.

When Durkan talks about the homeless, it’s like she thinks they are beneath her. We are all humans, and we need to take care of each other — Cary gets this while Durkan wants to forcibly relocate people who cling to little more than a tent a life of broken dreams. To make things even worse, Durkan wants this forced removal act to be implemented on taxpayer dollars — why should we ever tolerate our tax dollars being used for such a cruel and unjust action? We shouldn’t, and on November the 7th, our vote needs to make it damn clear that we won’t be having any of it. The people experiencing homelessness should be respected and helped by our government, not forcibly relocated into internment camps the we call shelters in order to achieve “out of sight, out of mind” results. Addressing the crisis of homelessness is about changing lives for the better, not depriving these people of what little agency they currently have in an entire society that wishes they did not exist. Durkan is a prosecutor who serves the law at the expense of the people in a world where law should serve the people at their benefit. Hell, if Trump sends his federal thugs to shut down Seattle’s marijuana businesses, Durkan seems likely to either casually watch or even join in. Look at how Durkan, deceitful as hell, puts a spin on her past. Law and order are no substitute for empathy and respect. Her strong suit has been touted as police reform, but I bet she’s never even had a runin with the police that wasn’t pre-arranged.

Cary Moon understands that a segregated society has no hope of ever being an equal society. She gets that we need communities of mixed incomes, races, and services. She gets that when everyone in a successful area looks the same and acts the same, they often become dismissive and cold towards the suffering of people outside their socio-economic clique. This is a human flaw that all of us are susceptible to — even myself. If I had a kid, I would not want him or her to go to a black school. From everything I have ever heard, read, or seen so far in my life, black schools tend to be worse schools than white schools and Asian schools, tend to have less resources, and tend to have fewer students with parents that have become economically successful in a society where race and poverty disproportionately go hand in hand. Only a city designed for integration and pushed for integration and continuously fighting for integration can ever expect to have equity between its various groups that historically avoid each other’s neighborhoods and don’t work at each other’s job sites. Finally, a candidate with the guts and honesty to start calling this out and demanding changes. Cary is the type of person I’m proud to stand behind.

Cary is a fighter. She is driven from the heart and informed from the mind. She’s someone with enough wealth to sip champagne and take it easy, but instead she’s out here fighting for a more effective government, a more democratic society, and a more perfect Seattle. Durkan gives her pity to those in need to win an election, while Cary gives her heart, mind, and soul to change our city for the better.

On November 7th, vote Cary Moon.