Bringing the community together

Why I’m Running

I’m running for Mayor so every family can see their future in Seattle. It requires bold action, leadership experience when it matters most, and a mayor who wakes up every day focused on rebuilding a more equitable, inclusive, and thriving city. 

I grew up in Seattle and now am raising three young kids here. I want my children — all children — to grow up in a place where the diversity of our residents and opinions doesn’t divide us but makes us stronger; a Seattle where communities come together to solve problems. Cherokees call this gadugi. And it’s what I have been doing my entire life. 

As deputy mayor this past year I can tell you there are no quick fixes to the challenges facing our city. But I believe in Seattle. What we need now are leaders who are willing to move beyond the rhetoric and do the work. Leaders who will sit down with people they disagree with and find common ground that moves us all forward. 

As mayor, I’ll channel our progressive values and innovation into action and bring our city together in the spirit of gadugi to make Seattle a city we all see a future in.

Every Family Should Have the Opportunity to Rise

Building a Future for All

Community Safety that Works For All of Us

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Meet Casey

Casey Sixkiller is deputy mayor of Seattle, an advocate for social and environmental justice, and a firm believer that government can be a powerful force for change. An experienced public servant born and raised in Seattle, Sixkiller has spent his career bringing people together to make real progress. He has been on the front lines at the federal, regional, and local levels to advance progressive policies and critical public projects in Seattle and King County. Sixkiller’s experience leading complex organizations both inside and outside of government helped shape his inclusive, problem-solving leadership style.

Mayor Jenny Durkan appointed Sixkiller deputy mayor in January 2020, making Sixkiller the first indigenous person to hold this position and highest ranking indigenous person in the City of Seattle’s 170-year history. Sixkiller oversees many of the city’s daily operations, including public utilities, parks and the Seattle Center, transportation, housing and human services, and permitting. Sixkiller has played a lead role in guiding the city’s response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, including acting quickly to protect and support vulnerable populations, shifting operations to reflect guidance from leading public health experts, and more recently supporting a phased re-opening of city facilities and programming. 

In 2018, King County Executive Dow Constantine appointed Sixkiller chief operating officer of the 12th largest county in the U.S. Sixkiller oversaw daily operations for nine executive departments including Metro Transit, public health, natural resources and parks, and human services. Sixkiller spearheaded efforts to add 1,000 safe spaces for individuals experiencing homelessness to come inside, including Eagle Village, a joint project with the Chief Seattle Club; expanded access to parks and open space for underserved communities; advanced efforts to prioritize equity in Metro Transit’s planning and operations; and stood up a new department of Local Services to serve the 250,000 residents of unincorporated King County. 

An enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Sixkiller helped establish the Cherokee Nation Washington Office, advocating on Capitol Hill and in federal agencies to advance the tribe’s self-determination and self-governance, protect its treaty rights, and tailor federal programs to reflect the needs of all of Indian Country.

Sixkiller grew up in northeast Seattle where his involvement on his local park’s advisory board sparked a lifelong interest in public policy. He later graduated from Dartmouth College, majoring in Government and Native American studies.  After moving to Washington, D.C., he worked on the legislative staff of U.S. Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA) and later U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), advising both on issues including transportation, housing, community development, and tribal affairs. He worked to expand programs serving low-income families and workers; directed resources to community based organizations and tribes; and secured funding to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, expand light rail, and improve goods movement throughout the region.

Sixkiller launched his own consulting firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and Seattle in 2010, where he worked with a range of clients including tribes, local governments, non-profits, and businesses to protect equal rights, defend tribal sovereignty and treaty resources, seek environmental justice and restoration, and secure federal support for locally and tribally-driven solutions. 

Sixkiller is the proud father of Anna, Sam, and Will. He envisions a Seattle where parents come to raise their children, and where progressive values meet smart policy.

READY TO LEAD

Being mayor of Seattle is the hardest job in the city. I know — I’ve been serving as deputy mayor during one of the most challenging periods in our city’s history. This is a moment that requires a mayor ready to lead from Day One. I am the only candidate who has managed large, complex organizations and who has a record of turning words into action and driving for results.

Priorities

An Equitable COVID-19 Recovery

Seattle was the first major U.S. city to face the unknowns of COVID-19. Our response required decisive, sometimes unpopular decisions, and a rapid scaling of resources — from standing up free testing facilities to getting food to families in need and supporting our most vulnerable neighbors — all of which saved lives.

A year later and we are leading the nation in vaccination rates and are on a path to re-opening our economy. But there is more work to be done. Recovery is our opportunity to build a stronger, more equitable Seattle with vibrant and resilient neighborhoods, thriving small businesses, and an economy that works for all of us. It requires a call to action that brings us together, clarity of shared purpose, and both fresh ideas and bold actions to get the job done.

Priorities

Let’s R.I.S.E. Together

The Seattle of my childhood has been transformed by unprecedented population growth and economic expansion that has pushed the median household income to more than $102,000, an increase of $33,000 since 2010. But not everyone is benefiting from this success and many are being left behind. Today nearly a quarter of Seattle’s families earn less than $50,000 a year — even less for Black and Native families — and for them this past year has been even more challenging, as they have struggled to make ends meet.

My Reliable Income Supporting Equity (R.I.S.E.) program will build on lessons learned from supporting families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to pilot the largest guaranteed basic income program in the nation. If we truly want a more equitable Seattle, then we need to invest in working families so they are part of it.

Article link. The data, from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey‘s 1-year estimates, showed the median household income in 2019 went up to $102,486, up from $93,481 in 2018. It reflected a continued trend in Seattle over the last several years.

Priorities

Thriving Small Businesses and Workers

The pandemic laid bare the inequities that exist throughout Seattle and caused deep, economic harm to our small businesses and the thousands of frontline and gig workers that hold our city together. Every empty storefront or shuttered restaurant is a loss to our communities. We need to do more to help small businesses so they can move beyond surviving to thriving. This includes small business stabilization grants, B&O tax relief, and other supports to help get businesses reopened and hiring.

Longer-term we need to do more to keep small businesses rooted in their neighborhoods, not priced out by new development. And we need to build on our groundbreaking protections for gig workers so they have access to benefits and the peace of mind that Seattle is a place they can continue to call home.

Priorities

Resilient Neighborhoods

The path to economic recovery and a stronger, more inclusive Seattle begins and ends with our neighborhoods. Clean streets, sidewalks, thriving small businesses, parks and open space for community gatherings, grocery stores, access to reliable and affordable transportation, and other amenities are the hallmarks of a resilient neighborhood.

Now more than ever before we need to work to ensure every neighborhood succeeds by working with communities to meet their needs while protecting what makes each neighborhood uniquely Seattle.

Priorities

An Equitable Future for Our Children

As a father, I want every child to have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. It starts with supporting families by making childcare more affordable and accessible, and investing in early childhood development. I will expand the number of city-funded childcare centers and limit co-pays to seven percent of household income so working families can continue to invest in their family’s future, not the rising cost of childcare. And we need to do more to ensure every child is ready to learn.

Today one-third of children across Seattle enter kindergarten already behind. By expanding the City’s pre-K program we can ensure every three and four-year-old benefits from high-quality, classroom-based instruction, while keeping the opportunity gap from ever opening in the first place.

Priorities

Moving our Unsheltered Neighbors into Homes

If there is one thing that we can all agree on it’s that our homeless services system is not working. It’s not working for our unsheltered neighbors and the conditions in our parks and on our streets are inhumane. Despite spending a record amount of funding last year – $100 million more than just two years earlier – homelessness in Seattle has gotten worse. Every neighborhood and business district across the city is feeling a sense of helplessness. We cannot fix twenty years of broken systems and failed efforts at every level of government overnight. But we can — and must — do better.

My plan includes five key components: first, we need to continue efforts already underway to expand tiny home villages and the temporary use of hotels so more people can come inside and get connected to the services they need; second, we need to increase the performance and accountability of the shelter system and its operators to achieve the outcomes we want; third, we need to build 3,000 permanent places for individuals to call home; fourth, given that 40 percent of all people served by the City last year were last housed somewhere other than Seattle, we need to double down on a regional response so other cities and communities are part of the solution; and finally, each of these investments must be paired with a  renewed commitment to keeping our parks and business districts encampment free.

Solving homelessness is complex but it is not impossible for us to make progress if we rise above rhetoric. We can get more people inside and end their experience with homelessness while also returning our public spaces to their intended uses.

Priorities

Community Safety that Works For All of Us

Every Seattle resident should be able to walk down the street and feel safe. But that is not the case today. Despite years of efforts at reforming policing, if you are a person of color in Seattle your experience with law enforcement is very different than most and more likely to involve an armed police response. We must make changes to shift the approach and culture of policing in Seattle to be community-based and community-informed, and more accountable.

Moving more 911 calls away from an armed police officer is a critical first step. It will require expanding crisis response programs like Health One, doubling the City’s unarmed civilian Community Service Officers program, and scaling up non-profit community safety programs so they can respond in real time. It also requires new and expanded harm reduction programs focused on high-barrier individuals committing crimes that are having a disproportionate impact on small businesses but for whom jail is neither the answer nor the solution.

We need to move away from minimum staffing levels for police officers and instead rightsize the force so we can reduce 911 crisis response times and transition to a micro-policing model that gets officers out of their cars and back to building relationships in the communities they serve.

Culture change requires reforming hiring practices to increase racial and cultural diversity, ongoing training requirements with an emphasis on non-lethal tools and crisis response, and setting a community-informed standard of excellence, transparency, and accountability for officer conduct and removal.

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DEMOCRACY VOUCHERS

Four Easy Ways to Support Casey Sixkiller’s Campaign for Mayor

1. Redeem Vouchers Online

  • Find your physical Democracy Vouchers (mailed in early February)
  • If you redeemed your vouchers in a previous election, you can log into your account and assign your vouchers to Casey.
  • If you need to create an account, follow this link for instructions on how to assign your vouchers online.

2. Mail Your Vouchers

  • Find your four Democracy Vouchers (mailed in early February).
  • Write “Casey Sixkiller” in the candidate name section and sign your name on each voucher you’d like to donate.
  • Place your vouchers in the included pre-paid return envelope and drop them in the mail! If you lost or misplaced your pre-paid return envelope, you can mail them to: Democracy Voucher Program, P.O. Box 35196, Seattle, WA 98124-5196.

3. Lost Your Vouchers? Submit a Replacement Voucher Form Online

Complete the Voucher Replacement form here or below to replace your vouchers.  Sign and date the form for each voucher you’d like to donate and please fill in the Resident Contact Information section at the bottom. Please contact us at hello@sixkillerforseattle.com with any questions you may have!

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4. Not part of the voucher program? You can apply today!

If you live in Seattle and are a Legal Permanent Resident or a citizen who is not registered to vote, you can participate in the Democracy Vouchers program.

  1. Click here to learn more and see if you qualify to participate.

2. If you do qualify, fill out the form here and follow the instructions to return your application.

Qualifying signature & donation

In order to participate in the Seattle Democracy Voucher Program, Casey needs to qualify first. In order to qualify, we need to collect both qualifying signatures and qualifying donations from Seattle residents. Casey needs at least 600 qualifying donations AND 600 qualifying signatures.

What does that entail you ask? 

We need BOTH of these two things: #1 your official signature and #2 a donation to the campaign.

We understand that not everyone is able to contribute financially (though even $10 helps), but your signature is just as vital.

1. YOUR SIGNATURE

You can submit your official, electronic signature below through our qualifying form: 

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Every little bit helps us (starting at $10) but up to $550 helps us grow faster to reach our goal of building a Seattle where progressive values meet smart policy. 

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