Public defender and former tenants’ rights lawyer Ami Nguyen is running for the Seattle City Council in District 3, which includes the Central District, Capitol Hill, Yesler Terrace, Mt Baker, Madrona, Leschi, Madison Park and Montlake.
Nguyen is entering the race to bring a strong and nuanced approach to policy change in Seattle focusing on municipal justice reform, homelessness prevention, and childcare access. “I want to see more direct policy changes to reflect the values we stand for as a city” says Nguyen.
“As a public defender who has worked with the most vulnerable populations at Seattle Municipal Court, I look forward to pressing for policy changes that eradicates discrimination and unfair treatment of people of color, poor people, and individuals suffering from mental illness or addiction. I will put forth policies where social services replace ineffective punitive systems that excessively drain our budget.”
“My experience as a renter and tenants’ rights attorney has given me the insight to develop policies that empowers renters so that the system is no longer a tool only for the rich.” Says Nguyen, “The City has the duty to enforce habitability laws and fine slumlords without displacing tenants.”
Ami recognizes the high cost of childcare, forcing long-term Seattle residents to move to other cities. “Childcare costs should not prohibit families from staying in Seattle. Our city needs to provide resources to make obtaining child care licensing more feasible and subsidize child care businesses.” She plans to participate in Seattle’s Democracy Voucher Program.