APACE is glad to announce endorsement for the following candidates for the 2021 elections. Please feel free to reach out to info@apace-wa.org for any questions and inquiry.

Dexter Borbe for Bellevue City Council pos. 1

Dexter brings his lived experiences to his campaign. He was inspired to run out of a desire to ensure Bellevue is a welcoming place to raise a family, while acting as a regional partner in addressing the affordable housing and homelessness crisis. He is a quick study of municipal policy, such as zoning and land use, and he would be a welcome addition to pass progressive policy in Bellevue.

Lorena Gonzalez for Seattle Mayor

Lorena has a strong track record as a progressive champion on the Seattle City Council. She has a history of working with the AAPI and other BIPOC communities that will inform her community-centric approach to governing the city.

Iris Guzman for SeaTac City Council pos. 6

Iris uses her experience as a social worker to advocate for BIPOC, immigrant, and refugee members of her community. WIth the endorsement of labor unions, current City Councilmembers Gobena and Negusse, and progressive organizations, the PAC believes she will be a strong voice for working families in SeaTac.

Nikkita Oliver for Seattle City Council pos. 8

Nikkita articulated how they will use their skills as an organizer to work with allies, organize fellow councilmembers and pass progressive policy. They especially impressed us with their knowledge of the dynamics in the Chinatown-International District and the fight against displacement, an issue important to Seattle’s AAPI community.

Shukri Olow for King County Council pos. 5

Shukri is an immigrant from Somalia and program lead for the county’s Best Starts for Kids program who has a PhD from Seattle U in education. She also serves on the boards of One America Votes, Kent Youth & Family Services and the Kent YMCA and seeks to bring an authentic community voice to the position.

Sarah Perry for King County Council pos. 3

Sarah supports affordable housing, public transit and small businesses. She has pledged to create a District 3 Community Coalition, a platform for immigrant and refugee communities, in order to create a voice for those communities. The PAC believes Sarah will be an ally to AAPI communities and plans to educate her and hold her accountable.

Jake Simpson for SeaTac City Council pos. 3

Jake is a union organizer with a track record of advocating for policies that will improve the lives of working class families. Jake acknowledges that while he doesn’t share the challenges of communities of color as a white man, he is committed to working with the BIPOC communities he seeks to represent and bring their lived experiences into governing.