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Phyllis Porter (206) 822-8253 Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Transportation and Public Safety Advocate Phyllis Porter announced her campaign today for Seattle City Council, Position 2. District 2 includes Beacon Hill, Brighton, Chinatown/ID, Columbia City, Dunlap, Genesee, Georgetown, Hillman City, Industrial District, Lakewood/Seward Park, Little Saigon, Lockmore, Mount Baker, New Holly, North Beacon Hill, Othello, Rainier Beach, Rainier Valley, Rainier View, Rainier Vista, and SoDo.
“All across District 2 there is a glow that people share with one another. That glow permeates the community and is visible in the pride that we have in our community and ourselves. I admire the fact that we talk not only of the disparities associated within the district, but also how our community brings so much to so many. I want to ensure that District 2 can be a place where families of different backgrounds and socioeconomic status can live and thrive,” said Phyllis.
Phyllis is an accomplished and energetic leader dedicated to advancing community relations with city government. She has a track record of achieving exceptional results in fostering relationships with policy leaders including City councilmembers on multiple projects in SE Seattle. Phyllis has led two major initiatives to calm Martin Luther King Jr Way South (MLK) and Rainier Ave S. The first initiative began after a seven-year old girl was hit crossing the street on her way to the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club. Knowing that tragedies like this can be prevented, Phyllis invited elected officials, community leaders and residents to a vigil followed by a meeting to discuss real solutions. Second, after witnessing a family of three pinned between a car and a counter when a driver swerved off Rainier Avenue S-and nearly being hit herself-Phyllis actively petitioned city councilmembers and transportation staff to make changes to Rainier. She rallied support, and Rainier Avenue S was changed from a four-lane street to a two-lane street with a center turn lane in the Columbia City neighborhood.
Phyllis currently serves on a myriad of committees, boards and campaigns: Rainier Valley Greenways, core member of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Vice President of Rainier Riders Cycling Club, and Shero of Black Girls Do Bike. She has also served on the Rainier Beach Economic Development Roundtable, Safe Routes to School Community Partner at ASA Mercer Middle and South Shore School, Let’s Move Seattle Oversight Committee, Vision Zero, Community Bike Works Representative for the SE District Council, Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board, Seattle Summer Parkways, and worked with post incarcerated men and women.
Phyllis is a mother of two and a grandmother of an 10 month old-granddaughter. Phyllis attends the University of Washington Tacoma and is a resident of Columbia City.