I’ve spent my entire life in Seattle, and for the first time, I hear more and more people concerned about their safety. This is due to a combination of factors, but it is clear our current policies and priorities are not sufficiently protecting our peace of mind. We need City Councilmembers who recognize the reality, and impacts, of neighborhood crime and act on them; public safety is one of the absolute core functions of city government.  

I’ve been knocking on voter’s doors every day for nearly 4 months asking folks about their top concerns,  and the stories I’ve heard I’m sure are all too familiar to you. Car prowlers, property crime, drug use near schools and in parks, stolen bikes and packages, threats of violence — it’s unacceptable, but it’s the reality in North Seattle right now. Community safety should never be a backburner issue. 

I’ve also spent time meeting with and learning from those on the frontlines, including Seattle Police Department leaders and patrol officers, and our Seattle Firefighters. The best way to learn about these issues is to actually go out on the shifts with these officers and see them in action, which I’ve done. I’ve heard first hand their concerns, and suggestions, along with yours.  

Here is my vision to better address public safety, and end the disconnect between neighborhood crime and City Hall:

Ensure the Seattle Police Department is fully and properly staffed, and explore the need to increase the number of officers. Our officers must be well trained, well resourced, and have clear direction from our city’s leaders around enforcement of laws, and their roles on the front lines. We need to recruit and retain the best officers, ensure they have top-level training and improve morale. This can indeed be done while maintaining and continuing reforms, to ensure our department becomes a national leader in de-escalation and non-discriminatory practices.

Take a serious approach to violent crime: Let’s be very clear, criminal behavior that threatens or harms others is not acceptable. Our attention must be focused on violent and repeat offenders. The small number of violent and repeat offenders creating the majority of public safety threats are too often returned to the street without treatment, only to commit additional crimes. Our justice system needs to fairly and compassionately address these individuals, including intense mental health and addiction treatment when needed, while also protecting our neighborhoods and businesses from continuing criminal behavior.

Work with the Offices of the City Attorney and King County Prosecutor on a coordinated strategy: important decisions around the prosecution of certain crimes, including drug crimes, cannot be made in a vacuum. These policy decisions have major cascading effects across our city. The City Attorney’s Office must have the resources to focus on frequent offenders. We need to continue to expand the use of Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid addiction. We must have a unified strategy which addresses the fact that addiction is a disease, but that sometimes, unsafe and/or criminal activity surrounds it, which impacts the entire community. We can have a city and region-wide policy that properly balances the challenges of addiction, while ensuring public safety in our communities. 

Continue to work hard toward getting the severely chronically mentally ill into treatment, off the streets, and into additional permanent supportive housing.  This will go a long way in making Seattle safer for everyone.

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2 weeks 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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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.

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

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.

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. 🙏🏽

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.

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! 💘

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

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.

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 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

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!

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

Appreciate your willingness to serve our city!

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

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.

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

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

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!!

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.

Keep trying the first time is not always the charm. You would be awesome

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.

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2 weeks 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 from Connecticut! Sorry we can't vote for you...

Good luck! You will rock this.

Good luck...Seattle needs your voice!

Good luck today!!

Good luck, Jay! Rooting for you!

GOOD LUCK!!

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

Good luck Jay!!

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

Best of luck, Jay!

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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