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In 2013, when I became one of the first socialists to win a major election in decades, we made history.
I’m proud to have helped lead the way in making Seattle the first major city in the country to pass a $15 minimum wage. We inspired big victories from New York to Minneapolis to the entire state of California, with an estimated 22 million low-wage workers winning $68 billion in raises to date. But we have so much more to do.
Under capitalism, we live in an era of record inequality. As Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos continues to shatter records as the richest man in modern history, only 39% of Americans have enough saved to cover a $1,000 emergency. In every major city in the U.S., working people face a housing crisis — the for-profit system has failed us.
Last year, our struggle in Seattle to Tax Amazon to fund affordable housing showed how far Amazon and big business are prepared to go to protect their massive profits. Jeff Bezos —who in 2017 paid no federal tax on Amazon’s $5.6 billion profits — threatened 7,000 jobs to try to defeat the Amazon Tax, then applied intensive backroom pressure to force its repeal a month after it was unanimously passed by the City Council.
This corporate bullying isn’t unique to Seattle. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill have united to grant Amazon over $3 billion in public handouts. Adding insult to injury, 1,500 units of affordable housing and a school originally slated for the area are planned to be cut to make way for the Amazon campus and a taxpayer-funded helipad for Bezos.
Now, more than ever, we need socialists in public office who are prepared to stand up to CEOs like Bezos and billionaire developers like Trump.
That’s why my campaign is not for sale. As always, to be fully accountable to working people, I don’t take a dime from corporations or big developers. I accept only the average worker’s wage, donating the rest of my $120,000 salary to grassroots social movements.
In my last race, our opponents had the support of CEOs, the Chamber of Commerce, the real estate lobby, Amazon, and three corporate PACs. Big business influence has only grown since then, with Amazon alone spending $350,000 in 2017 to buy their mayoral pick, current Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.