Twenty leading Democrats endorse SeaTac Proposition 1 SeaTac Good Jobs Initiative gaining momentum

SeaTac, WA – Twenty leading Democrats including U.S. Representative Adam Smith, King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Councilmember Julia Patterson, and State Senator Karen Keiser are announcing their strong support and endorsement of SeaTac Proposition 1, on this fall’s election ballot. The Speaker of the State House, Frank Chopp, and the State Democrats, King County Democrats and the 33rd District Democrats also endorsed SeaTac Proposition 1.

U.S. Representative Adam Smith (9th District) said: “I grew up in the SeaTac area, my father worked in the SeaTac area — he was a ramp serviceman for United Airlines, where he got decent wages and benefits at his blue collar job. That enabled me to pursue my hopes and dreams, and that’s what I want for everyone in society as well. Equality of opportunity — a chance at creating that middle class life and I’m very worried that we’re losing that. That’s why I’m supporting SeaTac Proposition 1 – to bring back decent paying jobs at the airport and give thousands of our region’s families a fair shot at success.”

King County Councilmember Julia Patterson (5th District) said: “I’m a lifelong SeaTac resident and I’ve seen firsthand how our community has changed. The communities surrounding the airport have higher poverty rates (16%) than the rest of King County. Our children suffer at an even greater rate, with 25% in poverty compared to 10% for the rest of the county. We have a chance to make things better for our local economy and our families by passing SeaTac Proposition 1 and creating good jobs for our friends and neighbors.”

State Senator Karen Keiser (33rd District) said: “I have watched my community change as good airport jobs became low wage airport jobs. Last session, I took a look at the ‘average’ state taxes used for programs to support low income workers. I was shocked to find that between Medicaid, child care subsidies, rent subsidies and other public programs, the annual tax subsidy ranges between $20,000 and $30,000 depending on how many children are in the family. That level of publicly funded services will not be as necessary if we pass Proposition 1 and create good jobs a SeaTac family could actually live on.”

Nearly 2 dozen elected officials and Democratic organizations from U.S. Congress to SeaTac City Council are supporting a Yes vote on SeaTac Proposition 1, which would provide paid sick leave, more full time jobs, tip protection and a livable wage of $15/hour for over 6,000 airport and hospitality workers currently making poverty level wages. Small businesses inside and outside the airport are specifically exempted.

SeaTac Proposition 1 will raise the purchasing power of more than 6,000 working families, giving a big economic boost to SeaTac and area businesses while reducing demands on taxpayer-funded public services and community food banks.

The full list of Democratic endorsers is included below:

  • U.S. Representative Adam Smith
  • King County Executive Dow Constantine
  • King County Councilmember Julia Patterson
  • State Senator Karen Keiser (33rd)
  • State Representative Dave Upthegrove (33rd)
  • State Representative Tina Orwall (33rd)
  • SeaTac City Councilmember Mia Gregerson
  • King County Councilmember Joe McDermott
  • King County Councilmember Larry Gossett
  • King County Councilmember Larry Phillips
  • King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski
  • House of Representatives Speaker Frank Chopp (43rd)
  • House of Representatives Majority Leader Pat Sullivan (47th)
  • State Senator Bob Hasegawa (11th)
  • State Representative Zack Hudgins (11th)
  • State Representative Steve Bergquist (11th)
  • State Senator Sharon K. Nelson (34th)
  • State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon (34th)
  • State Representative Eileen Cody (34th)
  • State Senator Adam Kline (37th)
  • Washington State Democrats
  • King County Democrats
  • 33rd District Democrats

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