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Remaining focused on our priorities and values

Thursday, November 05, 2020

I've shared communications before from Dow Constantine, King County Executive (like the mayor for the county--Washington's most populous one, & home to Seattle). Today, 11/4/20, he shared with county employees many excellent and eloquent points. I quote some of the highlights below, and here is a link to his full message:

"Whatever the outcome of the election, we will continue to reject policies that divide us. In King County, we will continue to follow facts and science, and eschew the politics of insult and conflict. We will continue to lead with racial justice in all our work. We will continue to be a place that values women, racial minorities and the disabled, immigrants and refugees, and people of every religion, or of no religion."

"We remain focused on the major challenges facing us: taking urgent action to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect our communities; joining together to end the scourge of racism, hate, and discrimination that has held back people of color for generations; implementing solutions to combat climate change and its impact on our environment; rebuilding our economy so all people have the opportunity to create a solid future for themselves and their families; providing stable housing for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness; ensuring every child gets off to a good start in life.

No matter who is in the White House, we will never stop leading on the issues that matter to us, and America – racial justice, economic opportunity, environmental protection, and the notion that all people should be able to thrive, contribute, and fulfill their potential. We will work with the federal government where we can, and fight it where we must, to protect our values and the rights and dignity of all."

"America may be a house divided, but we are a community united. I know that we will get through this by embracing the future with confidence in our convictions and our values. Please stay safe and keep hope alive."

I do hope he will run for higher office someday. I wish we had more leaders like him: articulate, inclusive, positive, practical, and hopeful.
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