Today, prosecutor Andrew Lewis announces his candidacy to represent District 7 of the Seattle City Council. A fifth-generation Washingtonian and Seattle native, Lewis knows we need to bring back civility and innovation in city government if we are going to solve our housing and homelessness issues.
“My dad was a heavy equipment operator at Seattle City Light for more than 30 years and my mom was a nurse at Harborview. This has always been a working class city, but it’s getting harder for working class families to make ends meet. The city government must do more to ensure housing remains affordable for all.” Lewis said. “The City also needs to become more accountable to its constituents, particularly given that its budget has increased by $2 billion since 2012. I will prioritize additional performance auditing to make sure every public dollar is spent as effectively as possible.”
“Andrew Lewis really understands the importance of the maritime industry to our economy, and how it produces lots of good family wage jobs. I am proud to endorse him.” Said state Representative Gael Tarleton, who represents much of District 7 in the Washington State Legislature. “Additionally, we need to build a coalition to replace the Magnolia Bridge. Andrew is a coalition builder, I want to work with him to get a one-to-one replacement for that bridge.”
Lewis is a graduate of the University of Washington, the London School of Economics, and Boalt Hall Law School at the University of California, Berkeley. He has spent his entire professional career in public service and currently works as a prosecutor for the Seattle City Attorney, facilitating programs that divert young adults from prosecution and incarceration to social services, treatment, and education. Prior to that he worked for the King County Prosecuting Attorney.
Lewis has considerable experience working in government. He previously worked in former City Councilmember Sally Clark’s office, and was on the executive committee of the Seattle Human Rights Commission. His platform includes implementing robust internal auditing processes similar to those implemented by King County, a topic he wrote an op-ed about for Crosscut in September.
Lewis is supported by a number of accomplished local officials and stakeholders, including Seattle School Board President Leslie Harris.
“The city is an important partner in our capacity crisis work and Andrew will be an important voice and colleague in working together for siting and executing our needs for more space in this, one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. ,” Harris said.