Morales finished first among six candidates in District 2’s primary, garnering 50% of the vote. Her campaign has raised $168,399 from 2,265 donors, with $124,925 sourced from taxpayer-funded democracy vouchers.
She’s endorsed by groups such as the union for Seattle Public School teachers and Seattle’s Sierra Club Chapter and politicians such as U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Seattle Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda.
In an opening statement Tuesday night, she said she was “raised by strong women” to work for economic justice. “The time for incrementalism” on taxing large businesses and building affordable housing “is over,” Morales added.
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Morales believes City Council has been listening too much to corporations and lobbyists and not enough to community concerns. “I think this district needs a really strong advocate,” she said. “I really want to use this seat, if I’m elected, to serve the people of District 2, really build power and build their voices, bring them to City Hall so that we can make sure that working families don’t have to struggle so hard.”International Examiner
“In District 2, we have folks that are at the highest risk of displacement with the lowest opportunity to jobs and employment. That is a breeding ground for displacement, so OK we’ve identified those two problems. What are we going to do about it?”
Morales said allowing backyard cottages and the city’s Housing Affordability and Livability plan as possible solutions to reducing displacement. She also said the city should start directly building more public housing.
To fight rising childcare costs, Morales said the city should incentivize building new childcare centers and subsidy costs for families so no family is forced to spend more than ten percent of their income on healthcare.