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Member Candidate: Mac McGregor for Seattle City Council

by Mac McGregor
| Jul 24, 2017
GSBA has several members on the ballot this year. GSBA does not endorse candidates for elected office, but we are pleased to offer them a chance to speak to their fellow members.

McGregor2017Hi, My name is Mac McGregor and I am running for City Council Seat 8.

I am the city's 1st transgender candidate for any office and will be the 1st transgender person to be on any ballot in the state of WA. Why is that important you may ask? It is important because having diverse voices and perspectives at the decision making tables brings new possibilities and a perspective like mine has never been at the table.The 1st 40 years of my life I spend as a female athlete and small business owner so I understand the struggles women in our community deal with for equal opportunities, pay, and recognition. I will work tirelessly to end the gender pay gap in our city.

I am a fierce advocate for all marginalized communities and for middle and lower income folks. I was appointed on Seattle’s LGBT Commission by the Mayor in 2011 and served until 2016 working for LGBTQ folks in our community. I have taught community safety and self-defense in Capitol Hill for the last six years on a donation basis so that it is accessible to ALL.  I want to lower the barriers to success for everyone in our city. I believe in raising up those in marginalized communities and that by doing so we ALL benefit.

I understand the struggles of Seattle residents and have struggled along-side you. My wife and I are renters in this city living with a teenager living on under 50 thousand a year. I will work for rent control and affordable housing.  I have pledged to not take contributions from developers and corporations so that I truly represent the individual citizens interests.

I believe that our cities homeless situation is at a crisis point and should be our highest priority. I believe wholeheartedly in what Martin Luther King said "We will never be a 1st class nation as long as we have 2nd class citizens." That works for our city as well.

Education and the environment are our future and we have to fully fund education and do everything possible to protect our environment.

As a former small business owner for 23 years I advocate for small businesses and a proud member of the GSBA.

We have to build bridges between marginalized communities and police and have a citizen run use of force review board, so that no one is afraid to call the police for help.

I am proud that we are a sanctuary city and will work to protect all of our residents - I am asking for your support - vote Mac McGregor for city council. www.votemacmcgregor.com