Councilmember Sally Bagshaw
Running for Re-election to Seattle City Council
These last four years I have asked this question daily: What type of community do we want to create? For me, it is one that is fair, respectful, and supports everyone in our city to live a healthy life of his or her choosing.
We have seen some challenging years economically, yet we have much to applaud. Last November we celebrated together as voters in our state approved R-74. We celebrated again this summer as the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that all loving couples deserve equal treatment and respect under federal law.
As a lawyer, I have advocated for equal rights for all committed couples. I believe children and families in our community are strengthened when marriage is available to all who choose that path.
We have made steps in the right direction, yet I recognize we have much more work to do: many members of our LGBT community have told me they continue to feel the effects of discrimination in the workplace. Many youth feel humiliated at school and rejected at home. And hundreds of LBGT immigrants face barriers to housing, safety, and personal security. All of these issues matter to me personally, and I will work with you and other leaders in our community to shine a light on these problems until everyone feels respected and is fairly treated.
These past four years on the Council, I have a list of accomplishments I am proud of, and it’s a list I want to expand. As chair of the Parks and Neighborhood committee, I have assured our 400+ parks and programs are efficiently maintained and available to everyone. Specifically,
- I made sure the city kept its word and honored its deal with MOHAI. This treasure draws thousands to the new South Lake Union Park.
- I oversaw a lengthy analysis of our community centers. We adopted a new management system, saving the city $1.2M a year.
- I have supported an interdepartmental effort to create Neighborhood Greenways and a connected network of safe and separated bicycle lanes citywide for all ages and abilities.
I listen and treat people with respect. That is what I have been doing and what I want to continue to do. The GSBA has been there for me throughout the years; I want to continue to be there for you, as YOUR Councilmember. Thank you for your support!