The following is a message from Ms. Marilyn Kimmerling, recipient of the Conversation’s 2018 Redeeming the Vision Civil Rights Award, on why she supports Suzanne Skaar for Pierce County Council District 5:
“I support Suzanne Skaar’s candidacy because we need members on our County Council who will represent the concerns of the working poor, immigrants, minorities, people with disabilities, and mothers — a person who is not beholden to corporate money and interests. Suzanne is a mother and knows that we in Pierce County need to do everything in our power to work for a sustainable future for our children and all the world’s children. Suzanne is articulate and smart and she is not intimidated by anyone.”
Help support Suzanne’s campaign today. Invite friends to like the Committee to Elect Suzanne Skaar page on Facebook, make a donation (online or by mail), and help share Suzanne’s platform with others.
The following is a message from Kim Golding, respiratory therapist and former Tacoma School Board Member:
“You won’t find a better advocate for the people in our community. Suzanne stays on top of current issues. She is a great listener. She knows the struggle of a working parent because she is one. To me, she stands out as the strong and motivated leader we need in office, one who doesn’t look to elected office as a career, but as a service because she wants to make a difference.”
I am disappointed to hear the news today that Pierce County Council voted to implement a safe injection site ban in unicorporated areas. Per a 2017 study by Jennifer Ng, Christy Sutherland, MD CCFP DipABAM, and Michael R. Kolber, MD CCFP MSc:
“Best evidence from cohort and modeling studies suggests that [safe injection sites] SISs are associated with lower overdose mortality (88 fewer overdose deaths per 100 000 person-years [PYs]), 67% fewer ambulance calls for treating overdoses, and a decrease in HIV infections.”
If we want to address the opioid epidemic, we need to prioritize accessibility to health and social services.
I am asking for your vote and support for Pierce County Council District 5. As a working mother, activist, and South End Tacoma resident, my number one priority is accessibility. Gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, country of origin, and income level should not be barriers to participation in public and political life. Underrepresented communities must have a voice in local government.
We need to work together to address not only the symptoms of poverty (homelessness / underhousing, food insecurity, etc.), but the root causes. Many services which could be most efficiently provided by government agencies, such as affordable and rapid rehousing, mental health services, and emergency food assistance, are being outsourced to an increasingly strained network of non-profits. Our government needs to centralize services to prevent vulnerable individuals and families from falling through the cracks. Additional solutions include: assessing the county tax structure and its impact on services and poverty; providing incentives and job apprenticeship programs in the clean energy sector; strengthening our public transportation system; and partnering with the business community to narrow the wage gap.
We can accomplish great things with teamwork. Please reach out to me and share your ideas for Pierce County. Thank you.