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2020 – News about Councilmember Girmay Zahilay

View 2020 press releases from Councilmember Zahilay.

December 17, 2020  |  KNKX
Girmay Zahilay reflects on an intense first year on the King County Council

November 18, 2020  |  The Stranger
King County Council Will Discuss Reshaping the Sheriff's Office as Early as Next Month

September 22, 2020  |  The Stranger
Skyway Wins Big in the Proposed County Budget, For Once

September 3, 2020  |  Crosscut Op-Ed
For Black lives to matter in WA, Skyway has to matter

April 14, 2020
Councilmembers Zahilay, Kohl-Welles Issue Joint Statement on Resolution to Freeze Rent and Mortgage Payments Amid COVID-19 Economic Shutdown
“Thousands of King County residents are terrified. Not only of COVID-19, but of losing their livelihood and their homes. An eviction moratorium is a great first start, but it doesn’t address the mounting debt that will be waiting...The King County Council doesn’t have the authority to halt rent and mortgage payments, but state and federal officials do. This resolution allows us to amplify the voices of our constituents and add the King County Council to a larger national movement — a movement for providing the greatest forms of economic relief in existence: keeping people housed and keeping small businesses alive.”

February 17, 2020  |  Seattle Times Op-Ed
We failed the Central District, but we must do right by Skyway

December 22, 2020
Zahilay Issues Statement Concerning Stimulus Checks and Unemployment Benefits for Millions Across King County
“We needed our federal government to act quickly and boldly to address this economic crisis in a powerful way. The direct payments of $600 they agreed to aren’t enough to cover even one month’s rent in our region, let alone to make up for being out of work and struggling for nearly a year. Republican obstructionism in the Senate has failed the American people and meant local governments are going without the resources needed to help people stay above water. ”