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Seth Anderson-Oberman

8th District

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What is one life experience you have that voters should know about?

 In my role as a union organizer, over the last 24 years, I’ve helped thousands of workers build power in their workplaces; for good wages, healthcare, paid time off and a voice at work. Now, I am excited to help the working people of our communities build power and win a strong voice for the things we need - like deeply affordable housing, community led development, fully funded and resourced public schools, urgent action around climate change and a holistic approach to the epidemic of violence that’s robbing our neighbors of their loved ones and family members.

What would be your top three policy priorities in office?

 1. We’re in a housing crisis. Use every tool available to expand deeply affordable housing and low cost loan assistance to help existing home owners stay in their homes. We must preserve the racial and economic diversity of our neighborhoods.

2. Fight for the public schools our children deserve. Fully fund education so we can renovate and green our school buildings, recruit and retain teachers and staff (especially teachers of color), reduce class sizes, expand CTE and support more neighborhood schools with wrap around services so they can become resource hubs for the community.

3. A comprehensive and targeted approach to violent crime that addresses generations of disinvestment from poor and working class communities (especially African-American communities) and the narrowing of liveable options that have shaped the current crisis. We need to treat violence through poverty reduction and expanding mental health services and supports from a community led approach.

What sets you apart from other candidates?

 I whole heartedly reject the cynical pay to play politics that have dominated our city for far too long. I have a deep and abiding love for the working people of our district and will fight with them and for them for everything we deserve. I believe politics is something we do together and I know when we stand together we can win and change lives.

How do you plan to work across ideological lines to achieve shared goals?

 There are no simple solutions to the problems we face. There are many sets of interests that have a stake in what happens in our neighborhoods and communities - first and foremost the people who LIVE in our communities. We must bring everyone to the table, especially those who’ve been historically shut out of our political process to look for answers that help us grow together and build an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and powerful few.

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