My father was an immigrant from Iran, who came to Seattle not knowing a single person on this continent.  He worked tirelessly to obtain his PhD from the University of Washington, where he met my mom, and then became a tenured Professor of Sociology in Canada. Although my parents divorced when I was young, my Dad and I remained in close touch, and the values he instilled in me and my brother-diligence, hard work, and caring for the ‘underdog’-those who have less than you, and have traditionally been left behind-have provided the foundation for all the work I’ve done throughout my career.  

The very core of the United States is built on one thing-immigration. The majority of us are either immigrants ourselves, or direct descendants of individuals and families who came here for opportunity and a better life. My father immigrated here for the best education and opportunities he could find. We must welcome those who immigrate to our country, who will continue to make our country more diverse, more culturally rich, and a better place.

As a family doctor here in Seattle, I have treated patients from all over the world. Through their stories, and those of my own family, I’ve come to understand the very real challenges and threats immigrants face in our city. The assault on immigration occurring in our country today is unethical and simply wrong.  I’ve spent my career advocating for universal coverage and working to get all people, regardless of citizenship status, access to health care. As a City Councilmember, I’ll stand with our state and others that are fighting our country’s anti-immigrant, backward, and short-sighted policies. I support the DREAM Act, I support Seattle’s Sanctuary City status, and I support building a community, city, and a country where all are welcome.

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Jay For Seattle

Many thanks to Duy Tran, the North End Outreach Case Manager for the Downtown Emergency Service Center, for allowing me to shadow him last Friday!

Every day, Duy walks and bikes 🚶‍♂️🚲 through the U District proactively reaching out to our community's unsheltered offering support, ensuring they are safe, have access to food and appropriate shelter if available, offering additional resources as needed, and most importantly, being a true friend to these vulnerable neighbors.

To see Duy's care and compassion, versatile people skills, knowledge, and amazing relationships in action was truly inspiring. DESC does transformational work in #Seattle, and we are lucky to have such a great resource in our city-- thank you Duy and DESC staff for all you do!
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Many thanks to Duy Tran, the North End Outreach Case Manager for the Downtown Emergency Service Center, for allowing me to shadow him last Friday!

Every day, Duy walks and bikes 🚶‍♂️🚲  through the U District proactively reaching out to our communitys unsheltered offering support, ensuring they are safe, have access to food and appropriate shelter if available, offering additional resources as needed, and most importantly, being a true friend to these vulnerable neighbors.  

To see Duys care and compassion, versatile people skills, knowledge, and amazing relationships in action was truly inspiring.  DESC does transformational work in #Seattle, and we are lucky to have such a great resource in our city-- thank you Duy and DESC staff for all you do!

 

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If I can say nothing else, I will say this: Jay, you are truly getting to know your city. You deserve to be on the Council and the city deserves to have you on its Council. In these past few months, you have probably done more in respect to getting involved with your city than all the rest of the city council combined over the past 20 years.

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