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About Ethan

Ethan Hunter - Candidate For Seattle City Council District 4

Ethan with his two dogs, Castro and Jose.

Ethan Hunter is running for City Council in Seattle’s 4th district to be a voice for the younger generations who have been ignored in politics for far too long. As a product of Seattle Public Schools, Ethan is uniquely in tune with the challenges facing students and teachers. He's been inspired by the work of the teenagers in Southeast Florida following the tragic school shooting in Parkland last year. Ethan will make safety in schools a top priority, he firmly believes that NO parent should have to wonder if their child will live or die when dropped off at school every morning. Ethan is committed to working with local business leaders, community activists, religious leaders, and the other members of City Council to come up with solutions to solving the cities homeless crisis, addressing the gender and racial pay-gap, expanding public transportation in a cost effective way, and protecting our environment for generations to come. Ethan resides in the U-District, and works as a line/prep cook at Local Public Eatery, a gastropub in South Lake Union. He enjoys spending time with his dogs, Castro and Jose, and watching Seahawks, Mariners, and NHL games. Ethan’s experience as a full-time 16 dollar per hour worker, makes him uniquely qualified to represent the working families and individuals of Northeast Seattle. 

"At a time when the decisions we make will impact future generations for years and years to come, its time we open up a seat at the negotiating table for young people like myself to have a say in the policy decisions that will shape our future. From safety in our schools, to climate change and the future of our planet, I'm prepared to go to City Hall and fight for real change that will positively impact the people of Northeast Seattle." - Ethan Hunter

On The Issues


Affordable Housing, Homelessness & Substance Abuse

Helping our poorest and most vulnerable is going to require leadership and cooperation from local government, businesses, churches, and private charity. We need to provide those down on their luck with an avenue towards stable housing and employment. We need to provide those battling mental illness and drug addiction with the treatment and compassion they deserve. 

I'll push to up-zone neighborhoods in Seattle that are closest to major transportation hubs. We should be doing everything in our power to incentivize people to get out of their cars, and onto public transportation, bikes and ride shares. 

I support legislation that expands our substance abuse and mental health treatment programs, as well as legislation that offers free and reduced-cost housing options for the homeless, with additional incentives for those who find and maintain employment. 

I'll be leading the effort in City Council to ensure that every first responder & police officer in Seattle, is trained and equipped with NARCAN or another form of Naloxone. Our first responders must be given the necessary tools to save opioid overdose victims from death. I'll be working in close coordination with the Seattle Fire & Police Departments to make sure they have the necessary resources to save lives. 

Supporting Public Education & School Safety

I am a graduate from Seattle's public schools and know that education is critical to having a bright future. I will work to strongly support Seattle's public schools and help to retain great educators. I will also make it a priority to ensure that higher education is accessible and affordable for all.

As a recent graduate of Seattle Public Schools I also am committed to making sure that no student, teacher or parent should fear for their loved ones lives while in school. No parent should have to wonder when they drop their child off at school if the next time they'll see them will be in a body bag. Yet for far too many this is a reality. Our public schools are a place where kids should be able to learn, and grow though some of the most difficult years of ones life. I'll fight every day to make sure that this a reality for every child attending Seattle Pubic Schools. 

Gender and Racial Pay Gap

It's 2019 and women and people of color are still paid less than their white, male counterparts despite having the exact same qualifications. This is completely unacceptable. As a councilman I will work tirelessly to ensure that we have pay equity for everyone working in the public or private sector. 

As a city that has led the nation with our $15 per hour minimum wage, it's time we lead the nation in addressing the pay equity gap that so deeply impacts women and people of color. 

Saying 'NO' To Corporate Welfare

Politcal and business leaders need to be working to promote the long-term interests of the people who live in Seattle. Successful companies should pay their fair share in taxes. I will also be working with companies to encourage them to play a greater role in building a strong community and getting them to invest some of their massive profits back into the city. 

Environmental Protection & Public Transportation

Improving public transportation doesn't just reduce traffic and help our commuters - it helps address the crisis of climate change and reduces pollution in our city.

The Council must work hand-in-hand with King County Metro to develop new and productive express bus routes. We need to work hand-in-hand with business leaders to encourage and incentivize carpooling and the use of public transportation. The bottom line is that getting cars off of the road is good for our commuters and good for our planet, and I support any legislation that works to improve our public transportation. 

Policing & Discrimination

It has become far too common to hear of another unarmed person of color being shot by the police. It's no wonder that tensions between the police and people of color in Seattle have been running so high or why the police are often seen as a threat. We need to look at these problems and come up with real solutions. I will work with people in the community and the police to create initiatives that lead to more community based policing. We must create healthier relationships between the police and the people they are sworn to protect. I support more comprehensive training for police to de-escalate situations and creating clear systems for public review of incidents and greater accountability.