Seattle’s Low Income Housing and Homelessness Advocates Unite on Jay Fathi for City Council
Rep. Nicole Macri joins Downtown Emergency Service Center Executive Director Daniel Malone, Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund in endorsing Jay Fathi for City Council
City Council candidate Jay Fathi announced he has been endorsed by State Representative Nicole Macri. Macri, who represents Washington’s 43rd Legislative District and also serves as Deputy Director for the Downtown Emergency Service Center, joins countless local leaders, progressive advocacy groups, labor unions, business groups, and community members in supporting Fathi.
“In a field of 13 candidates, I only trust Jay and his public health approach to move us forward to address homelessness in a pragmatic and humane way,” said Macri. “His demonstrated leadership and commitment to progressive values are exactly what our city needs to address our biggest challenges.”
“I’m grateful for Representative Macri’s support—she is a true champion for our unsheltered neighbors,” said Fathi. “I look forward to working with her and helping coordinate our response across all levels of government—something we must do if we’re to make progress on this public health crisis.”
Fathi earned the sole endorsement from the Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund, as well as Downtown Emergency Service Center Executive Director Daniel Malone. He recently received the support of former District 6 candidate Bobby Miller, who himself is experiencing homelessness.
Speaking about Fathi, Miller told the Seattle Times, “I like that he understands addiction. It’s not like homeless versus the Seattle resident. It’s someone saying ‘there’s homelessness but inside of that there’s also addiction as well, and I have programs to work on at least that part of it.’”
As a family doctor at the 45th Street Community Clinic in Wallingford, Fathi provided care to thousands of under- and uninsured patients, including the homeless.
“I am the only candidate in this race with extensive, direct experience working with homeless and unsheltered neighbors in Seattle,” said Fathi. “Leaders in the fight against homelessness have endorsed me because I’ve demonstrated a clear understanding of this complex, multifaceted issue and understand the steps we must take to effectively respond.”
Progressive advocacy organizations have embraced Fathi’s candidacy, including him among the most progressive candidates in the city. Fathi received four stars from the Civic Alliance for a Progressive Economy, the highest score awarded in the race, and is the top ranked candidate in the FUSE Progressive Voter Guide.
Fathi has also received overwhelming support from some of Seattle’s largest and most well known labor and business groups, including SEIU 775, SEIU 925, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, UFCW 21, Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy (CASE), Washington Technology Industry Association, and Seattle Hospitality for Progress.
“Throughout my career, I’ve been successful because I listen first, make informed decisions, and work collaboratively with others to achieve meaningful results and positive outcomes. This is the same approach I’ll bring every day on the City Council,” said Fathi.
Learn more and see the full list of endorsers at JayforSeattle.com.