Jesse Salomon, Shoreline City Council Candidate Announces Campaign for Position 6

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Jesse Salomon, Candidate Pos. 6

Today, candidate Jesse Salomon is announcing his decision to run for Shoreline City Council position number 6. Jesse is committed to continue to aggressively campaign to fill the seat currently held by retiring incumbent Terry Scott.

“Over the past couple of months I have been talking to voters throughout Shoreline in order to understand the issues and concerns that they have with Shoreline City Government. I am convinced that filling the leadership void created by Council Member Terry Scott’s departure is where my skills and talents on the Shoreline City Council can be best used to keep Shoreline moving forward. I thank Terry for his years of outstanding service.”

As a board member of the Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association, representative to the Shoreline Council of Neighborhoods, former planning commissioner, member of the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce and co-founder of a successful non-profit for homeless youth, Jesse has always had a strong commitment to making his community a better place to live.

Jesse will work hard to preserve Shoreline’s quality of life. He knows that we need to be good environmental stewards by planning for smart growth and development that makes sense for all of us and makes sure we don’t lose what we have.

After losing his mother in a traffic accident, the need to ensure traffic safety became a personal, not just political, issue for him. He will fight for more sidewalks, streetlighting, and police officers to keep our families safe.

Jesse also believes city government needs to be accountable for how it spends taxpayer dollars. Recently, Shoreline voters passed a tax increase to fund city services. He will make sure that money is spent on direct services to fight crime and help those in need, not on bureaucracy.

As an attorney Jesse has worked hard to protect the most vulnerable amongst us, including children from abusive homes, victims of domestic violence, and homeless people.

Jesse is a graduate of Western Washington University and the University of Washington School of Law, where he earned scholarships and recognition for his public service.

While at Western Washington University, Jesse served as Vice President for Legislative Affairs, and later spent one session in Olympia as legislative liaison for the Students of Western. There he fought tuition increases and was instrumental in securing $19 million for State Need Grants, which help middle and low-income students to afford college.

Recognizing his commitment to public service and accountable, responsive government King County Councimember Bob Ferguson endorsed Jesse Salomon’s candidacy saying, “The election for this open seat is important to keep Shoreline moving forward. Jesse will be an effective voice for the values we share: environmental stewardship, safe neighborhoods, accountable government, improved transit service and economic opportunity. Jesse’s open, accessible personality will be a good fit with the current City Council.”

Shoreline City Councilmember Chris Eggen also states, "I am endorsing Jesse Salomon to fill position 6. He is thoughtful, hard-working and has a history of public service that shows he cares about all the people and neighborhoods in Shoreline."

Jesse currently works full time as a Public Defender in Seattle Municipal Court and uses Metro transit to get to and from his job. He owns a home in the Ridgecrest neighborhood, where he lives with his partner Sarah and their dog Wishbone. Jesse is also an avid sport fisherman, snowboarder, and reader of non-fiction books on history and politics.

Since announcing his candidacy just last month, Jesse has raised $5,125 and contributed $15,000 of his own money for a total of over $20,125 for his race. He continues to go door to door throughout Shoreline talking to voters. He looks forward to continuing this aggressive effort to earn the support of Shoreline residents.

Jesse has been endorsed by a wide range of Shoreline community leaders including:
32nd Legislative District Democrats, King County Councilmember Bob Fergusen, State Senator Maralyn Chase, Former State Senator Donn Charnley, Shoreline City Councilmember Chris Eggen, Shoreline City Councilmember Chris Roberts, Dick Nicholson, Paige Garberding, Sarah and David Nicol, Owner NakNek Seafoods, Keith Scully, Former Deputy King County Prosecutor.

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