Debadutta Dash • Courtesy Photo
Debadutta Dash • Courtesy Photo

The following is a March 27 statement from Debadutta Dash, candidate for Seattle City Council Position 5:

My roots in this community are as an activist, volunteer, a neighbor, a parent and as a working class immigrant. Since 2001, I have lived in District 5 and have been actively involved in many non-profit boards and organizations while working full time. Further, I have been building bridges across all communities to foster the greater good. This has given me a deep understanding of community activism and how it relates to the political and legal system in the United States. 

However, as an organizer, I often felt that the concerns of the working class, small & medium business owners, seniors, women and the youth living in North Seattle were not given enough attention. Now that we have a new district, I feel that the time is right for me to stand up and voice the concerns and issues of my constituents. Therefore, I have decided to run for Seattle City Council Position 5.

I will be running on 2 basic principles:

1. The importance of common-sense over big money in public service.
2. Equality, equity, and social justice for all as the cornerstones of a vital community.

Based on the various issues we face in District 5, the agenda of my campaign is:

1. Bringing in investments and economic vitality to District 5 by building a more livable, walkable and sustainable business community in each neighborhood.
2. Creating permanent shelters for the homeless with basic amenities with the help of public-private partnerships as well as providing more affordable housing opportunities for the working class.
3. Providing each neighborhood with affordable and effective modes of transportation, creating safer bike routes and campaigning for extending the light rail system from Northgate to Bothell.
4. Working closely with the youth in our district for their productive engagement as well as providing them a platform to share their ideas and opinions on all issues.

I strongly believe that civic engagement based on inclusion and transparency leads to more vibrant, resilient and sustainable communities. My goal is to go above and beyond the expectations of my constituents and provide District 5 with a brighter and more prosperous future.

Board/Commission Experience:

1. Asian Counseling and Referral Services
2. Washington State Commission on Asian and Pacific Islanders Affairs
3. Founder Co-chair of the Washington State and India Trade Relations Action Committee
4. India Association of Western Association
5. Center for International Business & Research Advisory Board, Foster School of Business, UW
6. Pluralism Community Advisory Board, Bellevue College
7. Founder of the South Asian Music & Performing Arts Resources Center
8. South Asian Oral History Project, University of Washington

Awards & Recognition:

1. Top Contributors of the Asian Community Award by Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation.
2. Featured in the Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle Magazine and Crosscut.com
3. Invited to the White House by President and the First Lady in 2012 and 2013 for Holiday Celebration.
4. Invited to the US State Department for Diwali Celebration hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
5. Community Service Award at the “Celebrating Our Roots” festival by Congressman Jim McDermott.
6. 2015 Community Voice Award nominee as the Entrepreneur of the Year by International Examiner.

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