(Editor’s note: Alex Pedersen is running to represent District 4 in City Council. District 4 extends from Wallingford to Lake Washington, and, after skirting Green Lake, reaches up to Wedgwood. Alex published a neighborhood newsletter for five years called “4 to Explore” which frequently featured Wallingford. He also attended community meetings here as a former aide to City Council President Tim Burgess.)
Archie McPhee, Blue Star Café, Chutney’s Bistro, Fainting Goat Gelato, Meowtropolitan, Molly Moon’s, Ro Ro’s barbecue, Wallingford Wurst Festival, Wallingford Farmer’s Market, Wallingford Community Senior Center, and former Wide World Travel Store – these are all adorable stores and events I featured while writing about Wallingford and nearby neighborhoods in North Seattle during the past several years. If you did not receive my North Seattle community newsletter, I might have seen you at the Wallingford Community Council or while I’ve been knocking on the doors of over 12,000 voters in our Seattle City Council District 4.
With Seattle voters demanding a more accountable city government – including a meaningful reduction in homelessness — I am running for City Council in District 4 to leverage my deep background in affordable housing issues, my relevant government experience, and my commitment to the community.
To the neighbors I’ve met from Gas Work Park to Meridian Playground and from Aurora to I-5, “Accountability” means listening, transparency, and results. When it comes to Wallingford, city leaders have not listened and have not been transparent. Too many voters have lost faith in city officials as a result of backroom deals, ill-advised transportation projects, heavy-handed land use edicts, and a lack of focus on public safety, livability, and other basics of city government. It’s time to realize the true benefits of our district elections system by electing pragmatic problem-solvers who care about communities and are not beholden to their special interest groups or pre-conceived ideologies. I will craft sensible and data-driven policies based on your input; I will be transparent about where tax your dollars are invested; and I will be focused upon delivering the basic services and positive results we deserve and expect from our local government.
I served as City Council Legislative Aide to Tim Burgess during the pivotal time when Burgess chaired the Budget Committee, ran for Mayor, and then led the City Council as President. As a progressive Democrat, I focused on results:
- Crafted the original resolution and plan (#31478) that became the popular high-quality Seattle Preschool Program enacted by voters in 2014;
- Spearheaded the budget amendment enabling Seattle to become 4th city in the nation to fully fund Nurse Family Partnership – the evidence-based program that empowers low-income moms and their infants;
- Crafted performance measures to spur results from additions to the city budget; and
- Led the effort to fund innovative research with the University of Washington to improve gun safety.
This local experience follows my work on homelessness issues at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during the Clinton Administration after earning a Master in Government Administration.
While I’m proud to be endorsed by the 46th Legislative District Democrats and important officials like Tim Burgess, Nick Licata, Eden Mack, Gerry Pollet, Ron Sims, I’m most proud of my support from community leaders, including many from Wallingford: Miranda Berner, Donn Cave, Frank Fay, Susanna Lin, Lee Raaen, Glenn Singer, Bonnie Williams, and Alexa Halling (the former chair of the 43rd District Democrats). Because my campaign recognized from the beginning the importance of small local businesses for the vitality and character of our neighborhoods, I’m endorsed by Jim Bentley, the head of the Wallingford Chamber of Commerce.
If you believe it’s time for a City Councilmember who listens, is transparent, and gets results, I would be proud to have your support. Please volunteer or request a yard sign or reach out via e-mail: [email protected] . Wallingford’s compassion, smarts, and spirit can help to create a city government that we can be proud of again. Thank you.