Saturday, 7 December, 2019

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Takele Gobena is a candidate for SeaTac City Council (Position 5). A Union Representative at Teamsters Local 117, he was active in the campaign that led to SeaTac being the first city in the country to adopt a $15/hour minimum wage ordinance. He is also a co-founder of the SeaTac Community Coalition, fighting against gentrification and displacement of small local businesses in the city.
Recently, while on the campaign trail, I had a conversation with a retired federal worker in the city of SeaTac who has become homeless because the rent on his apartment increased almost 25%. While I was heartbroken by the specifics of this man’s story, I was also...