Legislative District No. 43, Representative Position No. 1
This region's homelessness crisis is one of this state's most massive injustices, and our legislature gives less than a tenth of a fuck about it on a good day. This must change. The way we change it is to send a brilliant, fearless housing wonk to represent Capitol Hill in the state legislature.
Nicole Macri is that wonk.
Macri is deputy director of the Downtown Emergency Services Center, a vital homeless services provider that runs a housing project known as 1811 Eastlake. That program, which allows chronically homeless residents to drink while receiving housing and services, faced intense opposition from neighborhoods, but it has since proven massively successful, transitioning residents into permanent housing and lowering emergency room costs for taxpayers. Macri knows how to take on a hard fight and win. She supports safe drug consumption sites, upzoning single-family neighborhoods, and housing first, the policy embodied by 1811 Eastlake.
The other Democrats in this race are fine—particularly environmental advocate Sameer Ranade—but Macri, a lesbian and the only woman in the race, is undoubtedly the best qualified and most exciting. (There's also an earnest young Republican running to represent Capitol Hill. HA-HA-HA-HA-HA. So cute.) One more thing: As Macri points out, the 43rd's other house member is Frank Chopp, but, as speaker of the house, Chopp acts as a moderate in order to work with house members from across the state. That means the other rep we send from Capitol Hill should be bold, and Macri is promising to be hella bold. Vote Macri.
For the original article, please go to: http://www.thestranger.com/news/2016/07/13/24336905/the-strangers-endorsements-for-the-august-2016-primary-election#Macri