Friends,

I decided to run to be your next City Councilmember because I love this community. I grew up here, I went to school here, I refereed soccer games, and have marched in Syttende Mai here. Ballard, Phinney Ridge, Green Lake, Greenwood, Fremont, and the people who make these communities special and strong, shaped me into the person I am today.

That’s why it hurts so much to see many of our long-time neighbors forced out of Seattle by rising housing costs, and to see people I went to school with living homeless on the streets. These are our friends and our neighbors. We don’t have time for more studies – we know what works, and we need to act now.

This election is about the future of Seattle. It’s about creating a sustainable, equitable, and affordable city that works for everyone, whether you’ve been here one year or forty.

It’s about implementing bold, housing-first solutions to the homelessness crisis by expanding services, collaborating with our regional partners, and ensuring our biggest businesses contribute to these solutions.

It’s about building a world-class public transit system so you can catch a bus with the same travel time to your destination, every time. It’s about having safe and separated bike lanes so no one has the experience I did, when I was nearly killed by a driver while riding my bike.

My campaign is about creating and preserving family-wage jobs and income-restricted homes so everyone can afford to live and work in Seattle. Everyone should be able to live near their job, and everyone should be able to live in our city.

It’s about acknowledging historical injustices and finding a way to move forward together making sure everyone, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, has access to the same opportunities.

It’s about representation – I will open a district office so I can be here for you, listen to your concerns, and get you solutions, because I’ve got your back.

This is our home. I remember the old street I grew up on, with houses owned by teachers and nurses. I remember the block parties and backyard BBQs. I remember when we looked toward the future with hope. I know where this community has come from, I have a vision for our future, and I have the skills and expertise to lead us there.

We have experienced incredible changes. With strong leadership and your support, we can keep what makes Seattle unique as we grow and change. Let’s build our future, together.

Yours,

Dan Strauss

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