Fresh off news of her surprisingly strong fundraising, public defender and District 3 candidate Ami Nguyen is sharing an endorsement with incumbent Kshama Sawant that comes as a major blow to the campaign of another of the challengers.
The Seattle Education Association, the city’s public school teachers union, has endorsed Nguyen and Sawant for the August primary.
“Ami Nguyen impressed us as a candidate who understands from firsthand experience the life-changing power of a quality education replete with fully funded support programs and strong advocates. Her story and depth of legal knowledge and experience as a public defender make her a worthy candidate for our endorsement,” the group writes.
SEA said Sawant “has been a strong labor ally with us, showing up on our picket lines and at many SEA events.” “We are inspired by her transformative vision for a more affordable city for the working people of Seattle,” they said of the incumbent candidate.
“We place the burden of society’s inequities on our educators, and rather than shy away, our educators are resilient and advocate for better conditions for students,” Nguyen said in a statement on the select. “Seattle needs to provide social services, an adequate number of nurses, and wrap-around programs at our public schools to ensure that our children can focus on learning and achieve their dreams.”
“As the daughter of refugees from a war-torn Vietnam, Nguyen relied on public education and credits her success early in life to the support she received from public educators,” the Nguyen statement reads.
Her campaign also took a swipe at fellow challenger Zachary DeWolf who serves on the School Board but was passed up by SEA’s decision process, saying the choice comes as “no surprise” because DeWolf “has often been criticized for his lackluster School Board attendance record, weak constituent meeting record, and failure to develop meaningful policy.”
DeWolf did not respond to our inquiry about the SEA endorsements.
In March, CHS spoke with Nguyen about her decision to run for the seat and hopes of better representing the D3 neighborhoods beyond Capitol Hill.
Sawant, meanwhile, focused her efforts to begin the week on “Just Cause” legislation and pushing for the tenant protections enjoyed in Seattle to expand across King County.
With ballots set to be mailed next month, it has been a busy time for endorsements with DeWolf wrestling away a big chunk of Sawant’s labor support, and a powerful business group and PAC lining up behind Egan Orion. Sawant, in the meantime, leads all comers with some $163,000 in contributions raised so far in the campaign, by far the city’s most expensive race.
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