Seattle School Board Director Zachary DeWolf announced his candidacy for Seattle City Council in District 3. Zachary has an extensive history as a community leader, volunteer and elected official in the City of Seattle. Currently, a program manager for All Home King County, DeWolf is focused on youth/student homelessness, as well as diversion and prevention policies.
Over the past seven years, DeWolf has developed a reputation as a tireless advocate for his community. DeWolf was elected, as the first openly gay member, to the Seattle School Board in 2017 with 64.5 percent of the vote and currently represents International District, First Hill, Central Area, Madrona, Madison Park, and Capitol Hill.
He has spearheaded several policy initiatives including working with then-Councilmember Tim Burgess to form the City of Seattle’s Renters Commission, giving renters across the city more voice in local government, as well as a law requiring landlords provide voter registration to new tenants.
“I’ve been advocating for my neighborhoods for the past seven years and I think it is time we have a Councilmember who will also advocate for our neighborhoods and the critical needs of our neighbors. I want to continue to meet with people in every area of our district and hear what matters most to them. Those are the voices and memories that I will take to City Hall,” said DeWolf.
DeWolf enters the race with the early endorsements of Seattle City Councilmembers Lorena Gonzalez, Teresa Mosqueda as well as Seattle Port Commissioner Ryan Calkins, as well as community leaders Colleen Echohawk, Natalie Curtis, and Kris Hermanns. Additionally, he is unanimously endorsed by every member of the Seattle School Board, including Board President Leslie Harris, Vice President Rick Burke, Director Scott Pinkham, Director Jill Geary, Director Eden Mack, and Director Betty Patu.
“We are a growing city and we face a growing city’s challenges, such as our homelessness crisis, opioid epidemic, transportation and pedestrian safety, increasing cost of living, and regressive local taxes and fees,” said DeWolf.
“We no longer have time to wait for some other person or some other time. Together, we can create solutions to make Seattle a place we are all proud to call home,” concluded DeWolf.
DeWolf lives in the Central District with his husband Derek DeWolf and their 4-year-old yellow lab Maya. DeWolf is a citizen of the Chippewa Cree Nation and was raised in Spokane.