As Seattle parents and active members of our local District 6 community, we were dismayed and disappointed to learn that a group calling themselves “Moms for Seattle” was spending money from charter school supporters in our local Council race.  Some of the contributors to “Moms for Seattle” don’t even live in Seattle and are running misleading ads in support of a candidate whose kids don’t even attend local public schools.

We want to set the record straight – this group of real Seattle moms (and dads!) is proudly standing behind Dr. Jay Fathi for City Council – a true champion for every kid, parent, teacher, and public school in District 6, and across Seattle.

We have each come to know Dr. Jay in our own ways. He’s been our doctor, providing extensive women’s and children’s care (and delivered almost 500 Seattle babies!) at the 45th Street Community Clinic, as Director of Community Health at Swedish, as well as Medical Director at Ballard High’s Teen Health Clinic. He’s coached our kids in basketball and baseball at Hamilton International Middle School, the Ballard Boys and Girls Club, North Central Little League, and the Green Lake Community Center. For 20 years, he took various volunteer and leadership roles at Camp Casey, dedicating hundreds of hours to help physically disabled children. And he’s been a longtime public school parent whose advocacy for our students inspired over two dozen public school teachers to sign on to a letter in support of his campaign.

Jay has an unmatched track record of advocating for families in our community. He has provided and coordinated care for thousands of under and uninsured families and children, including leading efforts to improve healthcare services for Washington’s 25,000 foster kids. Jay was also a leading voice testifying in support of Paid Family Leave in Olympia, a decade before Washington adopted the best policy in the country.

He’s also long advocated for safer, stronger gun laws to keep kids safe in schools and communities safe in our neighborhoods. That proven track record earned him the Cynthia Shurtleff Leadership Award from Withinreach of Washington in 2017, for his “extraordinary leadership and dedication to the health and well being of women, children, and families in Washington State.”

Jay has been successful because as a doctor he has learned to listen first. Now, he is running to bring that same approach to the Seattle City Council. He has a well-articulated and comprehensive plan to address the homelessness crisis, to carefully and compassionately get people off of the streets and into housing and services, along with big ideas to address public safety, tackle climate change, and support Seattle’s schools.

His proven track record and clear vision for a healthy Seattle have earned him the support of community leaders, progressive organizations, businesses and labor unions, and neighbors across District 6. He is exactly the kind of thoughtful advocate we need on the City Council to make Seattle a better place for all who live here, and we urge you to vote for him.

Join Seattle parents who support Jay across District 6 in voting Dr. Jay Fathi for Seattle City Council and be sure to get your ballot in by Tuesday, August 6th! You can sign on to the letter here.

Sincerely,

100 Moms (and Dads!) for Jay, including:

  • Sheila Cain
  • Holly Bays
  • Eric Kungl
  • Ginelle and William Cousins
  • Karen Oboy
  • Laura Hewitt Walker
  • Jaimie Zylstra McCausland
  • Scott Owens and Christine Wilson Owens
  • Marie and Michael DeBell
  • Maureen Kostyack
  • Kirsten and Kelly Mullins
  • Laura Lippman
  • Colleen O’Rollins
  • Angela Fleet
  • Jill Farbarik
  • Beth McKelvey
  • Tom Laramee
  • Kevin Wynkoop
  • Richard Billingham
  • Bennett Barr
  • Linda Joss
  • Charlie and Leslie DeGasparis
  • Megan Reitz
  • Adrey and Jeffrey Ocampo
  • Lois and Bruce James
  • Tana and Andrew Gall
  • Bente and Kelly Fernandi
  • Stacy and Andrew Dym
  • Todd Holec and Stacey DeFries
  • Joelle Fathi
  • Brent Stinebrickner
  • Ann and Michael Broom
  • Mandy and Martin LeBlanc
  • Ben and Julie Packard
  • Deb Murray
  • David and Dorothy Teeter
  • Susie and Putter Scott
  • Mark Johnson and Katie Leach-Kemon
  • David Barnes
  • Rosemary D’Agrosa and Hal Landvoigt
  • Michael Murray
  • Rob Rancourt
  • Margaret White
  • Steve Bellefuil
  • Tom Tocher
  • Betsy Jones
  • Emily and Ric Troyer
  • Christina and Bruce Petrie
  • Mark Donovan
  • Georgette and Toby Semroc
  • Tory Gildred
  • Janet Galer
  • Jennifer Knauer
  • Cheri and David Guthrie
  • Linda Gallegos
  • Diane Fathi
  • Robert and Beth Sylves
  • Ruth Kagi
  • Ed Boyle
  • Carlotta Boyd
  • Kate and Andrew Perez-Lopez
  • Mary Orth
  • Trish LaGrua
  • Charlene Robins
  • Heather Cooper
  • Trilby Cohen
  • Margaret Bellefuil
  • Stephanie Nelson
  • Erica Vanaja and Mark Spagnola
  • James Little
  • William O’Rollins
  • Davidya Kasperzyk
  • Margaret Graham
  • Mark and Julie Ashmun

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2 months ago

Jay For Seattle

Dear Friends,

On Tuesday we received the election results in our campaign for Seattle City Council, and unfortunately, it seems clear that we will not be moving on to the General Election.

I want to thank each and every one of you for your tremendous support, and I hope in the next few months I’ll get to thank many of you in-person. This has been an amazing and enjoyable experience for me. I learned so much and am so proud of the campaign we ran.

Last November Joelle and I took a walk in the neighborhood, and as we walked we passed by the homes of our friends -- our son’s preschool teacher, a roommate from UW, a family whose kids I coached in basketball, and patients who we have cared for over nearly the past three decades around Seattle. I asked Joelle what she thought about me running for Seattle City Council. Any of you who know Joelle know she isn’t one to beat around the bush -- she tells it to you straight. She said, “Jay, this is perfect for you. Your entire life has arced towards you doing this. Our city needs you!”

When I asked Joelle if I should run, I was thinking of our friends. My mind went to our son’s teachers who are overworked and underpaid but still give our children an excellent education, to the new UW alums who want to live in the community where they grew up but can’t afford Seattle’s rent prices, and our patients who can’t get access to addiction and mental health treatment.

Today my mind goes to them again. While I won’t be the one representing them on the City Council, I’m proud of the work we all did putting those issues at the forefront of this election and rallying folks around a compassionate, collaborative, vision for Seattle.

It was nothing but a privilege to take this journey with you all--for your encouragement, and volunteering with canvassing, making phone calls, hosting house parties, for spreading the word about our campaign in your neighborhood conversations and over social media, for your tens of thousands of dollars of contributions and democracy vouchers--the words ‘thank you’ are not nearly enough. The campaign we ran elevated the conversation around affordable housing in Seattle, our challenges with homelessness, and our needs for continued improvement around mental health and addiction services. Our community is already better off because of the work and support you provided during this campaign. I am very truly grateful for your support!

So thanks again for sharing in that vision, and putting your trust in me. And remember there is always more we can do to serve our community and be engaged in making Seattle a better home for everyone -- I know I’ll be looking for a new way to give back, and hope you will too.

Sincerely,

-- Jay
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Dear Friends, 

On Tuesday we received the election results in our campaign for Seattle City Council, and unfortunately, it seems clear that we will not be moving on to the General Election. 

I want to thank each and every one of you for your tremendous support, and I hope in the next few months I’ll get to thank many of you in-person. This has been an amazing and enjoyable experience for me. I learned so much and am so proud of the campaign we ran.  

Last November Joelle and I took a walk in the neighborhood, and as we walked we passed by the homes of our friends -- our son’s preschool teacher, a roommate from UW, a family whose kids I coached in basketball, and patients who we have cared for over nearly the past three decades around Seattle. I asked Joelle what she thought about me running for Seattle City Council. Any of you who know Joelle know she isn’t one to beat around the bush -- she tells it to you straight. She said, “Jay, this is perfect for you. Your entire life has arced towards you doing this. Our city needs you!”

When I asked Joelle if I should run, I was thinking of our friends. My mind went to our son’s teachers who are overworked and underpaid but still give our children an excellent education, to the new UW alums who want to live in the community where they grew up but can’t afford Seattle’s rent prices, and our patients who can’t get access to addiction and mental health treatment. 

Today my mind goes to them again. While I won’t be the one representing them on the City Council, I’m proud of the work we all did putting those issues at the forefront of this election and rallying folks around a compassionate, collaborative, vision for Seattle.

It was nothing but a privilege to take this journey with you all--for your encouragement, and volunteering with canvassing, making phone calls, hosting house parties, for spreading the word about our campaign in your neighborhood conversations and over social media, for your tens of thousands of dollars of contributions and democracy vouchers--the words ‘thank you’ are not nearly enough.  The campaign we ran elevated the conversation around affordable housing in Seattle, our challenges with homelessness, and our needs for continued improvement around mental health and addiction services. Our community is already better off because of the work and support you provided during this campaign. I am very truly grateful for your support!

So thanks again for sharing in that vision, and putting your trust in me. And remember there is always more we can do to serve our community and be engaged in making Seattle a better home for everyone -- I know I’ll be looking for a new way to give back, and hope you will too.

Sincerely, 

-- Jay

 

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Thank you so much for running and please consider running again next time. I was very happy to cast my vote for you and would do it again.

Jay, you come to my door a few weeks ago, we spoke a bit about healthcare, I was incredibly inspired by you. Thank you for the service you have provided to Seattle. I look forward to seeing your name on the ballot again.

You'd be amazing in an elected positio! We'd all be lucky to have you represent us. I hope this is just the beginning of this journey for you!

You ran a great race and I hope you will keep trying! You are connected to people and will be an excellent public servant!

Jay - I echo everyone’s sentiments. You were amazing and you would have been a fabulous guardian for the city of Seattle. I am very proud of you and your amazing family!! Thank you!

I cant wait to see where your path will lead. You are an amazing person. Keep doing great things Dr Jay

Hi Jay Fathi. All our communities depend on people like you who genuinely care about their neighbors and issues, who have a vision and desire to serve. Good for you for stepping forward, and making an effort, for believing in the city and being willing to invest your time and energy to represent people. You weren’t elected. That’s disappointing. It’s not a failure.It’s a start. Many successful politicians lose elections before they prevail.You showed your sons that it is worth the effort to take risks to improve the state of affairs. Sending love and friendship. Love the other Joelle

Dr i am honored to know you over 37 years. Your friendship is a pleasure and privilege indeed. You are an outstanding physician and a tremendous gift to all of us who are lucky enough to know you

Jay, I'm so proud of you and all you and Joey have done to make your community a better place. I know you will continue to effect change where needed and will stay strong in your commitment to serve. Maybe city council wasn't meant to be, but there's always mayor, governor, Senator, and President! You'll always have my vote, love you! 💘

Thank you for running, Jay! I thought you had a great showing for a first run. I hope you will keep up the momentum and continue to run for public office.

Appreciate your willingness to serve our city!

I am so proud of you. You have made a difference and have inspired me to do more. Thank you!

You have run an excellent campaign, Jay! Thanks for your sacrifices in order to do so. You have celebrated the goodness of many of the constituents in the district, highlighting their stories in an inspiring way. Your values have been excellent, your stances have been right, and your list of endorsements couldn't have been more impressive. I am grateful to have been able to support you and your campaign. I am certain that you will continue to be a multi-faceted force for good things in our community the rest of your life.

You ran a great campaign and I regret you’re not moving forward! Thank you for running and hope it was a good lesson for your next run! Look forward to seeing u soon in the hood!

Other doors will open now that you’ve had the opportunity to show who you are. Keep the faith. I’ll be cheering you on, as I always have.

I hope you haven’t given up. It requires courage and passion to run for elected office. You have both and I am sure you will get there. Sooner or later!

Running for elected office is a thankless and selfless act...the ultimate form of public service. It takes courage to run. I am sorry to hear you didn’t prevail, but kudos to you for being brave running.

thanks for running! Please keep pushing your public health vision of change

Thanks for getting in the arena Jay Fathi. You are a noble man & I’m grateful I got to know you. I hope we remain friends, that you find another way to influence our common future and that you are at peace knowing you left your all on the field. Cheers to you, Sir!!

Thank you for your hard work Jay, please keep in touch, I know you will keep fighting for this city we all love.

I'm grateful for your effort to make the world a better place, Jay.

Hi Jay! I was so glad to find your fb page and see that you’re leading our community toward health and growth as you always have! Keep on keeping on! Casey Forever. 🙏🏽

Thank you for running - I appreciate your willingness to take a risk for your community. I hope you and your family have some time to rest and relax.

Jay, my good friend! I am so sorry you didn't make it. You would have been awesome. Don't give up, there is always a next time my friend. Keep up the good fight and keep doing what you do for your community.

Beautiful letter. Thanks for running and inspiring us to make a difference!

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3 months ago

Jay For Seattle

Today's the day! Joelle and I put our ballots in the Ballard Library dropbox (there's also one at Green Lake Community Center) to make sure they're counted on time.

Get yours in before 8pm! And then come join us at the The Red Door at 7pm for our Election Night Party.
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Todays the day! Joelle and I put our ballots in the Ballard Library dropbox (theres also one at Green Lake Community Center) to make sure theyre counted on time.

Get yours in before 8pm! And then come join us at the The Red Door at 7pm for our Election Night Party.

 

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Good luck today! Our family's ballots went in yesterday.

Good luck! You will rock this.

Good luck today!!

Good luck from Connecticut! Sorry we can't vote for you...

Good luck...Seattle needs your voice!

Good Luck Jay!! (would love to come tonight but working 😞. Thinking of you and the family!💖

Good luck, Jay! Rooting for you!

GOOD LUCK!!

Best of luck, Jay!

Whatever the outcome, you did your best, and you make a great public spokesman.

Good luck Dr J! Rooting for you from south King Co!

I’ve got alternate plans tonight but I put my ballot in the mailbox last night. Rooting for you man!

Sorry we can’t make it tonight - it’s our Night Out Against Crime block party! We are in charge of cotton candy 😜. Good luck - we voted for you the day ballots came in the mail. Let’s do this!

Good luck Jay!!

You got this!

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