My name is Sasha Anderson, and I would be honored to earn your vote and represent our district on the Seattle City Council.
I am a lifelong Pacific Northwesterner, proud member of the LGBTQIA community, and have devoted my life to social justice. I moved to Seattle in 1998 to pursue a college education after growing up on a working farm in rural Oregon, and earned my BA in Sociology from Seattle University. Post graduation, I went on to teach in special needs classrooms, volunteer with the Peace Corps in West Africa, and work in the nonprofit field. These life-changing experiences made me the leader I am today.
As I grew and honed my skills, I also knew that in order to be a truly effective social change maker, pursuing a graduate education was an important next step. I went on to earn two MA degrees in Sustainable International Development and Coexistence & Conflict from Brandeis University, and as a member of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard, worked alongside and learned from the top mediators and negotiators in the field. I walked away from these experiences understanding that unless you are able to build consensus - and on Seattle City Council secure the votes of at least 5 of your peers - the most beautiful vision for our city will go unseen; and we do not have any time to waste.
Since I first moved to Seattle in 1998, our city’s population has grown by 35%. More community members are moving here everyday - people of all ages, backgrounds and passions - who want to establish themselves and their families in this beautiful city. We have so much to gain as a district and city with this growth - yet it needs to be tied to equitable policies for both renters and homeowners alike.
I have always rented in our district, and hope to be able to buy a home one day with my future wife, Ali, and our dog, Honey. Right now this is not an achievable goal for our family, as housing costs continue to rise. Almost 50% of our city is made up of renters, however there is only one current council member that rents. Additionally, we have so many members of the LGBTQIA community living and working in Seattle, yet there is no one from the community on city council.
I am running to serve District 4 because Seattle is growing rapidly and needs capable leaders who are committed to working together to ensure that every resident benefits from our growth. I believe we deserve a city council that has lived our challenges and reflects our diversity and shared values. If we are going to effectively address our current challenges and priorities, our council needs to bring people together to collectively inspire and implement solutions. This is the type of leadership I bring to my work everyday, and will continue to bring to city hall.
I would be grateful for the opportunity to hear from you on what you think are the most important issues facing our district, and speak with you about my vision for our city. I’m honored to be running, and I hope to earn your vote.