The Stranger Endorses Rep. Cindy Ryu

The Stranger’s Endorsements for the August 4, 2020, Primary Election


“We ended our meeting with Cindy Ryu wishing we could go to a Thanksgiving dinner with her. She’s frank in a way that other legislators are not.

Ryu is down with progressive taxes, but she can’t commit (though we wish she would) to standing on a table and championing any of them—“I have acrophobia,” she joked, “I’ll fall off.” Nah, but really, she says she supports a capital gains tax, but argues that it won’t help in the short-term, so lawmakers will have to fill the gaping budget hole with regressive taxes and fees for the time being. We didn’t love to hear it, but we appreciated the candor.

In better news, Ryu’s record on police reform is solid. She fought for I-940, she was part of the leadership on establishing a joint legislative task force on community policing standards, and we’re confident she’s got more stuff up her sleeves the cops will not like very much!

Ryu is also decent on housing—she’s up for density and for tackling single-family zoning, she’s on board with just cause protections for renters (but not quite rent control, she is a commercial landlord, after all), and she wants to fight for home-grown pot.

Her opponent, Keith Smith, has run against Ryu three times—once as an independent, once as a centrist, and now, it seems, as a progressive. Apart from his rapid, um, evolution as a political thinker, he’s so used to running against Ryu that he felt comfortable wearing an Aeropostale t-shirt to the SECB meeting. We don’t know which sin is worse. Vote Ryu.”

https://www.thestranger.com/news/2020/07/17/44101127/the-strangers-endorsements-for-the-august-4-2020-primary-election#Ryu

Seattle Times Editorial Board endorsement

I am grateful to have the Seattle Times Editorial Board endorsement.  “As a former mayor of Shoreline and former president of the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce, she has a clear understanding of how legislative levers can affect constituents in the 32nd and elsewhere.” “Ryu, who will have no learning curve when time is of the essence, is the best candidate to represent the 32nd District in Olympia.”

Your ballots arrive this weekend; please vote early and be counted. 


By The Seattle Times editorial board

State Rep. Cindy Ryu’s experience in the Legislature and as a business owner make her the best candidate to go to Olympia to help tackle the budget deficit and service demands created by the pandemic. She is running for her sixth term.

The Shoreline Democrat chairs the Housing, Community Development & Veterans Committee and is a member of two other committees key to the Legislature’s pandemic response: Appropriations and Consumer Protection & Business.

As a former mayor of Shoreline and former president of the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce, she has a clear understanding of how legislative levers can affect constituents in the 32nd and elsewhere. As lawmakers grapple with the state’s estimated $8.8 billion budget shortfall through 2023, Ryu says she leans toward using a combination of budget cuts and new taxes.

Two fellow Democrats are challenging her in the Aug. 4 primary. Shirley Sutton is a former Lynnwood City council member and Edmonds Community College administrator, and Keith Smith is a perennial candidate with a long list of community service.

While both challengers agree with Ryu on a number of issues, including the need for new taxes that affect higher wage earners, the need for criminal justice reform and climate action, they do not match Ryu’s experience.

Ryu, who will have no learning curve when time is of the essence, is the best candidate to represent the 32nd District in Olympia.

The Seattle Times editorial board members are editorial page editor Kate Riley, Frank A. Blethen, Brier Dudley, Jennifer Hemmingsen, Mark Higgins, Derrick Nunnally and William K. Blethen (emeritus).

Virtual Coffee Chat with Rep. Ryu and Special Guests on July 16, 2020

Date: Thursday 7/16

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Please join Representative Cindy Ryu and Representative Lauren Davis, with Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith for an informative and interactive Virtual Coffee Chat!

Bring your questions for these three as we discuss modern pressing issues such as Housing, Behavioral Health, and Social Justice work in our communities.

Guests may attend on Zoom (register below) or view on Facebook Live.

Thank you!

Rep. Cindy Ryu

Paid for by:  Friends For Cindy Ryu
PO Box 33548
Seattle, WA  98133-0548

Support for WA Low Income Housing Alliance #RentReliefNow

I support Washington Low Income Housing Alliance’s advocacy for Federal funding of emergency rental assistance. #RentReliefNow.

Excerpt below from a message from Rachael Myers, Executive Director, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.


On May 15, the U.S. House passed the HEROES Act by a vote of 208-199. Thanks to the powerful and effective work of advocates across the country and the support of congressional housing champions, the bill includes $100 billion in emergency rental assistance; $11.5 billion in additional funding to prevent and respond to coronavirus outbreaks among people experiencing homelessness; and a national, uniform moratorium on evictions and foreclosures. These priorities were included because 140+ Representatives and 30+ Senators sponsored the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act lead by our own Rep. Denny Heck, and co-sponsored by Washington Representatives Jayapal, DelBene, Larsen, Kilmer, Schrier, and Smith, and Sen. Murray. This is an important step forward, but there’s still so much to do. Congress must take every step to prevent housing instability and homelessness as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Take action today to urge Congress to ensure housing stability during and after the COVID-19 pandemic!

Take Action! 

Even if you’ve already taken action, please contact your members of Congress today to thank those who have co-sponsored theRent Relief Act and ask those who haven’t to show their support. You can also tweet thanks using #RentReliefNow. (Here’s a link to Twitter handles of sponsors.) If you represent an organization or a state or local elected official, please also consider joining this national sign on letter urging House and Senate leaders to address housing needs in the next relief package.

In community,

~rachael


Rep. Cindy Ryu

Paid for by:  Friends For Cindy Ryu
PO Box 33548
Seattle, WA  98133-0548