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Rasmussen kicks-off campaign for re-election to Seattle City Council
Rasmussen kicks-off campaign for re-election to Seattle City Council
"It is time for reflection, accountability and a time, also, to look forward," said Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen.

by Robert Raketty - SGN Staff Writer Surrounded by a couple hundred family, friends and political allies, Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen kicked-off his re-election campaign on Tuesday, May 8, at the Swedish Cultural Center in Seattle. Rasmussen, who is seeking his second term, is the first openly Gay man to serve on the council.

"I chose this site because we can see through the windows the ... work of many people over the last century. They did many wonderful things. But, the reality is that some of their achievements were at a great expense - both for the environment and, at times, with little regard for the people that worked here or lived here," said Rasmussen. "I know we can do better. As we plan for this 21st Century, we have to dream big, as they did, and we also have to work hard, as they did. But, I also think we must agree, we must promise, that as we evolve, we will respect ... our planet, respect the rights of all people who live here and we will leave no one behind."

Rasmussen said his re-election campaign is a time for "reflection, accountability and a time, also, to look forward." He rattled off his achievements to an eager audience. He spoke of his support for seniors and the less fortunate; his opposition to tax and utility rate increases; and his commitment to a prosperous cultural scene and thriving nightlife.

"Today, we are creating the city of the future. We are planning for over 90,000 in the next 15 years. How can we accommodate all those people and still have the city we want?" asked Rasmussen of the audience. "We must have safe neighborhoods, schools and playgrounds; affordable housing; prosperous businesses that pay livable wages; and you have to have a balanced transportation system that focuses on people and goods."

MLK County Executive Ron Sims was the featured speaker at the kick-off. He said Rasmussen had the values and principles of a top-notch elected official.

"I am a fan of Tom. I have been a fan for a long time," he said. "We need Tom. Every neighborhood needs Tom. Every citizen needs Tom. I want a community that is just and fair. I know that with Tom we will have a just, fair and caring community.

"There are new journeys under way and Tom is going to take us there."

Several LGBT community leaders attended the kick-off, including Louise Chernin, executive director of the Greater Seattle Business Association, and Sherry Harris, a former Seattle City Councilmember and the nation's first openly Lesbian African-American woman elected to office. Openly Gay and Lesbian elected officials, state Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, state Rep. Joe McDermott, D-Seattle, and Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark were also present.

All proceeds from the event benefited Rasmussen's re-election campaign.

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