I’m Dan Strauss and I was born and raised in Ballard. I’m running for City Council to ensure all residents and small businesses of District 6 are heard. I understand the challenges we’re facing, and I will be an advocate for everyone in this community, whether you’ve been here one year or forty.

I’ve dedicated my life to public service. I served with AmeriCorps in low-income communities across America, working on projects from disaster relief to after-school programs.

I helped craft the Extreme Risk Protection Order gun responsibility bill in Olympia, and when it failed to pass, I went to work on the successful initiative campaign. On council, I’ll implement gun violence prevention by investing in community-based programs interrupting violence.

I have nearly a decade of legislative experience and I know how to make change happen. As a chief policy advisor, I bring governments, organizations, and communities together to solve problems. I have coordinated with the state, county, city, and local groups to fund transportation projects, develop green building codes, and improve our parks. I’m uniquely qualified to solve our city’s issues.

Homelessness: I’ll prioritize policies that get people experiencing homelessness into four walls and a door that locks, with the services needed to address chemical dependency and mental health. I’ll use relationships I’ve built collaborating across governments to ensure our regional partners do their part.

Housing Affordability: I am a renter. My parents are homeowners in the district. I understand the housing pressures facing all residents. I’ll ensure longtime residents aren’t pushed out of our community while creating affordable homes for families and new residents.

Transportation: We can’t wait for light rail – our community needs better transit now. I’ll bring reliable transit to our district, create dedicated bus lanes that freight can use, and connect our protected bike lanes so everyone is safe and separated.

Affordable Childcare: It’s wrong that childcare in Seattle costs more than UW tuition. I’ll push for more access to high-quality childcare everyone can afford.

Representation: I will listen to you, follow through for you, help you navigate city bureaucracy, and open a district office so you don’t have to come downtown to be heard.

I have deep roots in our community and am endorsed by the Stranger, FUSE Progressive Voter’s Guide, SEIU 1199NW, SEIU 925, UFCW 21, Machinists 751, Teamsters 117, UAW 4121,  , the Civic Alliance for a Progressive Economy, King County Democrats, King County Young Democrats, Washington State High School Democrats, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Seattle Subway, the Transit Riders Union, Seattle Transit Blog, Councilmember Bagshaw, former State Rep. Jessyn Farrell, state Rep. Gale Tarleton, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, and many more community members. I ask for your support and your vote.

*Statement edited to reflect additional endorsements