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Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta endorses Shannon Braddock for State Senate


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As a Latino, carpenter, and community activist, I’ve always valued those who focus on the hard work of leading by example and getting their hands dirty in order to create opportunity and equity. When I ran for Mayor of Burien in 2017 against a tide of anti-immigrant racism, I was heartened by the response from the broader progressive community, and the recognition of the efforts myself and others have made in putting our values into tangible action– and results– for historically underrepresented people.

One of the many who has stood up to provide leadership– and a proven progressive leader in our community– is Shannon Braddock. Shannon is not only an accomplished professional and working mom, she has paid her dues in the grassroots, non-profit and community organizations that improve lives and provide hope. Shannon, now running for State Senate in the 34th LD, which includes Burien, Vashon, West Seattle, and White Center, is the clear choice for this important role.

Shannon has spent her career working to expand access to health care, education, and other essential services. She is a hands-on, thoughtful, and determined advocate—she listens, reflects, and collaborates to create innovative projects that really help people in need.

At her job with King County she worked tirelessly to pass the Best Starts for Kids Program and the Veterans, Seniors & Human Services Levy renewal. The importance of projects like these can’t be understated; they benefit disadvantaged populations every day by improving childhood development, building affordable housing, opening the door to new career paths, and creating opportunities for all to succeed.

But Shannon’s advocacy for our community doesn’t stop at her day job. She serves on the Board of WestSide Baby, helping new parents in need get the supplies and support that will set their children up for a better life. She previously served on the Board of West Seattle Food Bank, ensuring low-income members of our community received meals even when they couldn’t afford them.

In addition to her career accomplishments and volunteer efforts, Shannon’s unique lived experience as a single mother of three gives her the insight and work ethic we desperately need in Olympia.

If Shannon were elected, she would be the only single working mom in the Legislature.

Only about a third of elected officials in the legislature are women, and with leaders like the 34th’s own Sharon Nelson retiring this year, it’s critical we seize an opportunity to elect an experienced woman who will step in on day one and fight for our kids and communities.

It’s for these reasons that Senate Majority Leader Sharon Nelson, along with our other 34th LD representatives Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon, endorsed Shannon.

And because she’s the only candidate who fully understands and will prioritize issues facing working families, she’s been overwhelmingly endorsed by the labor community including the Washington State Labor Council and over a dozen large, progressive unions representing nurses, service workers, builders, and workers from all walks of life.

Shannon recognizes the economic struggles in our state and shares the dreams so many have of a state that makes a bright future possible for our children. She’s the only candidate in this race capable of reforming our tax code, expanding early learning programs, and implementing common sense gun laws. As a single working mom, progress on these issues wouldn’t just be a political victory for Shannon, they would be a personal one.

It’s Shannon’s extensive and diverse record—making King County a better place where kids, families, and communities can live happily and healthily—that make it abundantly clear she’s passionate about service to others and ready to find meaningful solutions to tough challenges.

We’ve seen the work Shannon does for our region at the local level; now it’s time to give her a chance to fight for us in the State Legislature.

– Jimmy Matta
Burien Mayor

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