Urban planner Cary Moon has added her name to the list of candidates running for Seattle mayor this fall.
Moon, who said she's been considering entering the race since January, made the announcement Wednesday morning.
"I’m not a politician," Moon said. "I’m an urban planner, a civic activist, a mom, an engineer, but I decided I have a lot to offer in terms of vision."
Across the board, Moon said Seattle needs a stronger, unified vision in addressing the city's top challenges including homelessness and housing affordability.
"We’re becoming a city of haves and have nots," Moon said.
"I started to realize the solutions aren’t that hard, it’s building the political will and courage to do the right thing. That’s what I want to lead on," she continued.
Moon outlines her top issues and policy proposals on her campaign website. She would like to see more emergency or temporary shelters to address the homelessness crisis. She also calls for expanding the amount of affordable housing to four times the current amount, bringing the total total market share up to 24 percent.
"It’s an aspirational goal, but I want everyone to understand what we’re doing is not enough," Moon said. "We’re not making any headway on this problem."
Moon, while a first time candidate, is not a stranger to Seattle politics. She was a co-founder of the People's Waterfront Coalition, a grassroots group that advocated against the viaduct replacement tunnel. Moon and former Mayor Mike McGinn were allies on the issue.
Coincidentally, McGinn also announced his candidacy Monday to run for the job he lost to Mayor Ed Murray in 2013.
Several other candidates, including attorney and activist Nikkita Oliver filed before the allegations against Murray surfaced earlier this month.
Oliver, who's running with the support of the newly formed "Peoples Party," has said she has no interest in commenting on the allegations against Murray but said she hopes they will "raise a conversation about how to make structural changes that will benefit and protect vulnerable young people."
Murray, meanwhile, reiterated his commitment to staying in the race for re-election on Wednesday, telling reporters he's still attending campaign fundraisers and events.
"I was at 43rd district Democrats last night, had a fundraiser the night before. I think I have an event later this afternoon," the mayor said during a news conference. "We’re running for re-election. No one has withdrawn any support of the endorsements I’ve had, either from organizations or individuals. I believe I have a story to tell about the kind of mayor I’ve been and where we have taken this city."
The filing deadline for the mayoral race is May 15. The first test for candidates will be the August primary when the field of around 10 will be narrowed to two.
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