It’s a busy day in District 3 for Kshama Sawant as the City Council representative for Capitol Hill, the Central District, and the nearby brings her Human Services, Equitable Development, and Renter Rights Committee to Capitol Hill for an evening meeting following a planned morning campaign announcement.
CHS broke the news last week that Sawant’s re-election committee had formally filed to enter the race to defend the incumbent city council member’s seat against a field that has already grown to three challengers. Thursday morning, Sawant is slated to hold a press conference to discuss her 2019 campaign plans.
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“Sawant will address media at beloved neighborhood Ethiopian restaurant, Saba, which is facing displacement due to gentrification and upscale corporate development,” the media advisory reads. CHS reported in October about Sawant’s efforts to help the small business as it faces the loss of its location to make way for a planned mixed-use development.
Thursday night, the council member is bringing the committee she chairs to the Miller Community Center for an unusual beyond-City Hall hearing on the nomination and confirmation of the director of the Seattle Human Services Department. Interim director Jason Johnson has been serving in the role since his appointment by Mayor Jenny Durkan last May. The session (PDF) begins at 6 PM.
The agenda doesn’t include any planned discussion of Sawant’s efforts to win a 12-month moratorium on mobile home park redevelopment in Seattle as she seeks to protect the residents of the Halcyon Mobile Home Park in District 5’s Bitter Lake. That proposal is slated to be taken up by the full council at Monday afternoon’s session. Thursday night’s hearing and rare formal appearance for the city council committee on Capitol Hill will, however, include an opening slate of public comment from citizens.