[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Tukwila Blog nor its staff:]
Over the weekend many Tukwila residents, including me, received a mailer about my candidacy for mayor (see above) that was sent out by a local organization without my input and without any direct coordination with my campaign.
The good news is that the mailer expressed support for the inclusive vision I have for Tukwila if elected mayor. The bad news is that there was a line in the piece that mistakenly referred to me as Tukwila mayor, instead of councilmember. While I hope that voters will make that title a reality on November 3rd, I am still just a candidate for mayor of Tukwila. Neither I nor any member of my campaign team was responsible for the mailer or the text error.
I have been walking throughout Tukwila’s neighborhoods, listening to residents, and sharing ideas for the future so that I can earn voters’ trust and votes and, with their support, earn the title of mayor next month. But, we still have just over two weeks of work to do before voters decide.
I appreciate the support I’ve received from people and organizations throughout our community. We share working class and middle class families values and work ethic, so it’s no surprise that many of our residents and many of my supporters are members of labor unions. I have supported them throughout my career. They, in turn, support me and my commitment to creating and maintaining union-wage jobs that provide a self-sufficient future for Tukwila residents, especially its young people. There is no disputing that labor is the foundation on which we built the middle class and I will continue my strong support for the movement.
My lesson learned from this situation is a reminder that while I have no control over what other, unrelated organizations say or print about me, I can control what I say, what I do, and what I’m committing to deliver if given the honor of being elected to serve as mayor by the voters of Tukwila next month.
Thank you for the opportunity to address this issue directly,
Candidate for Tukwila Mayor
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