Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I wanted you to be among the first to hear this news: I’m running for Seattle City Council this year! District 6, my neighborhood, encompasses Ballard, Phinney Ridge, Crown Hill, Greenwood, Fremont, Blue Ridge, Loyal Heights, Whittier Heights, Olympic Manor, Shilshole, Sunset Hill, West Woodland, Tangletown, and Green Lake.  The primary is this August, and the general election is in November.

Of course some of you are thinking ‘Whoa!’  Or, ‘Why?’ Or both.  I’ve thought about public service my whole life, and the time is right for me to take this journey.  The heartwarming response to this news from some of you has been (usually after a long pause), “It’s perfect –for you AND the city!”  Seattle, the city I love and where I’ve lived continuously for the past 50 years, has changed tremendously, and will  continue to grow and evolve.  We aren’t becoming a global city, we already are one. Seattle has been ‘discovered’ by the world.  How we navigate the coming years is crucial to building on our healthy and vibrant foundation as an innovative and compassionate city for future generations, including for my own children, and theirs.

I’ve spent my life living and working in Seattle. From caring  for families at the NeighborCare Health 45th Street Community Clinic, to teaching the health care leaders of the future through the UW, to helping expand health care access across Washington under the Affordable Care Act, I’ve worked to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable adults, children and families in our community.  And, I have had the privilege of doing much of that critical work with many of you.

I’m running for City Council because I’ve heard frustration from my neighbors, patients, and friends about the lack of progress on critical issues – from citywide problems like homelessness and traffic to the basic local needs in our parks, playgrounds, schools, and streets. I’m sure many of you agree when you read the news, you think ‘We can-and need to-do better.’

Pick an ‘issue:’ Traffic.  Affordability.  Housing.  Taxes.  Growth.  The public health crisis we are facing daily on our streets with homelessness.  The list goes on.  I am running for this office for quite simple reasons:  Our city should be governed by individuals with deep, extensive lived experience in Seattle, who have worked with  diverse populations from all walks of life, with a proven track record of innovative leadership, and who listen to and accurately represent their neighbors and constituents.  I care deeply about Seattle, and am progressive with extensive real world experience  at bringing groups together to partner on solutions.  I hope to put this experience to work every day for the people of District 6 and all of Seattle.

As a family doctor who has cared mainly for low income patients, I’ve watched the urgent public health crisis on our streets steadily grow with unsheltered individuals.  We know that often the confluence of economic hardship, family or individual stressors or trauma,  and mental health and addiction issues need to be addressed in a sustainable, comprehensive way to better tackle the issue of homelessness in Seattle.  Along with my experience working with social service organizations,  I’ll bring a needed set of skills to city leadership to better address these issues.

As a graduate of Seattle Public Schools, I know firsthand how important quality public education is for students and families. And as a parent of two children enrolled in our public schools, I believe our city must remain a strong partner for public education so all kids have the opportunity to succeed, including expanding Seattle’s nationally recognized early education/Pre-K program.

I plan to participate in the city’s democracy voucher program. Our campaign will be funded by grassroots donations and I won’t be taking corporate donations.  There will be more information on this  and how you can help coming soon.  And, in case anyone is wondering,  Joelle is my #1 supporter in this adventure, and the boys are genuinely thrilled to take this ride with me-the Fathis are all in!

We need less divisiveness, and more collaboration to help pragmatically solve our city’s challenges and problems. It’s time for a fresh start with the Seattle City Council, with new perspectives and energy.  A city is a dynamic, living thing, and a canvas upon which we paint our values.  We know what our Seattle values are–compassion and caring for those less fortunate, innovation, respecting and protecting the environment, living healthy lifestyles, embracing diversity, leadership–let’s work together to do great things for Seattle.  I thank you all for the support and energy you’ve given me throughout my life and career, and for hopefully, your continued support in this election.

 

Thanks again!

Jay

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1 month 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!

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

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

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.

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

Appreciate your willingness to serve our city!

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.

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.

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!

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!

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. 🙏🏽

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!!

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

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.

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

Jay you were the best boss ever at CCWA and it's a big loss for Seattle. Keep moving foward because you're a winner in whatever you do.

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.

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

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.

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

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! Rooting for you!

GOOD LUCK!!

Good luck Jay!!

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!

You got this!

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