Originally from Texas, Gary joined the U.S. Navy when he was 20 years old. After he served in the navy he moved to Sacramento where his family had moved. He got involved in drugs and his addiction took over his life. He ended up spending time in prison and upon his release, he received help from the Sacramento Veterans Administration and got into the laborers union.
Phyllis Porter is transportation advocate and is running for the Seattle City Council’s District 2 position, which encompasses Southeast Seattle and the International District. You may know Porter for her fight for transportation access and equity, but she says she’s more than that.
Amazon has shown unprecedented interest in this year’s wide open Seattle City Council elections, most recently hosting a candidate forum for employees Tuesday evening.
Dozens of the 55 candidates, or their campaign representatives, running across seven district races appeared for a science-fair-style forum at the commerce giant’s Meeting Center across from The Spheres. Each was assigned to a table, their names and council districts projected on a wall. Attendees walked around and chatted as they pleased, eating food provided by FareStart, candidates said.
Phyllis Porter has seen purpose in representing her community since childhood.
“You are ultimately responsible for you and your own,” her mom always told her. “When you have a problem, seek solutions and share the results with your brothers and sister and all those that are affected by the answer.”
Porter is joining the city council race for District 2, which encompasses the Chinatown International District (CID) and much of southeast Seattle, including Beacon Hill, Georgetown, and further south to Rainier Valley.