FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Venus Velázquez sets her sights on Seattle City Council Position Number Three
Candidate will focus on getting things done
SEATTLE—Community leader, advocate and small business owner Venus Velázquez
today announced her candidacy for Seattle City Council position number three,
currently held by Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck. Steinbrueck has announced that
he will not seek re-election.
“Peter’s leadership on affordable housing, human services and sustainable
development has made Seattle a better place for all of us to live, work and raise our
families,” said Velázquez.
As the only city councilmember with school-aged children, Steinbrueck brings a unique
family perspective otherwise absent on the council. It’s a perspective shared by
Velázquez, the mother of two young boys in public school. Velázquez also hopes to
further Steinbrueck’s work on human services and sustainable urban development.
“If Seattle works for families, it works for everyone,” she said. “Seattle should be a
world class city with a quality school in every neighborhood, an affordable tax structure
that reflects our city’s goals, and results-oriented decision making. The notion that we
have to focus either on the economy or on the people is just wrong. We can balance
interests in a way that works for both business and the neighborhoods. The key is the
focus on getting something done. It really is time for a new way.”
One of six finalists for the vacated council seat in 2006, Velázquez has a track record of
achieving results. As a member of the Seattle Public School Superintendent's
Community Advisory Committee on Investing in Educational Excellence, she helped
tackle the Seattle School District's financial woes with solid solutions to realign the
budget and advance academic achievement. Last year she worked with human services
advocates, obtaining $14.1 million for veterans, community health and human services
in King County.
For more information about Venus and her campaign, visit www.venus4seattle.com.