ELECTION 2022: Emily Alvarado becomes 2nd candidate for open 34th District State House seat

A second West Seattle resident has declared her candidacy for the 34th District State House position that Rep. Eileen Cody is leaving at year’s end. Emily Alvarado spent five years with the City of Seattle Office of Housing, the last two as its director; she currently is a vice president with the housing nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners. She is quoted in the campaign announcement as saying, “For more than a decade, I have worked collaboratively to create affordable housing throughout our region, championing policies and investments that foster inclusive, healthy communities and reduce homelessness. … Everyone deserves quality, affordable housing, education and health care, in a safe, thriving community.” The announcement also describes Alvarado as “an attorney, coalition-builder and former community organizer” who “has fought for reproductive justice, equitable community development, and economic opportunity.” Alvarado’s announcement comes three weeks after the first candidate entered the race, Leah Griffin. The primary election is set for August 2nd.

14 Replies to "ELECTION 2022: Emily Alvarado becomes 2nd candidate for open 34th District State House seat"

  • Jtm April 8, 2022 (5:37 pm)

    Exciting announcent from an experienced, qualified candidate who cares deeply about public education. 

  • CCH April 8, 2022 (5:43 pm)

    So happy to have a candidate who is a part of and will support our public schools! 

  • Michael April 8, 2022 (6:05 pm)

    Known Emily since law school. She’s great — works hard, tells it like it is, good person. Happy see her announcement.

  • Local April 8, 2022 (6:30 pm)

    Nice to see a competent, highly educated West Seattle mom stepping up to the plate. 

  • Michele April 8, 2022 (7:47 pm)

    Excited to see this candidate with expertise in affordable housing and homelessness! This is what we need for the 34th! 

  • Bel April 8, 2022 (8:17 pm)

    Really excited about Emily’s candidacy and long track record in public service. 

  • Eric Pegasus April 9, 2022 (7:01 am)

    Emily is a wonderful human, she’s been a customer for years and is truly a delight.

  • Pessoa April 9, 2022 (10:31 am)

    She may be a fine person, but her boiler-plate campaign statement, chocked full of SEO buzz words and phrases, is indistinguishable from any other Democrat.  Doesn’t bode well for a fresh, innovative approach to any of the problems we’re facing.  

    • they April 9, 2022 (2:18 pm)


    • Frog April 9, 2022 (7:09 pm)

      “For more than a decade, I have worked collaboratively to … reduce
      homelessness.”  That’s so nice.  How’s it working?

    • Mel April 11, 2022 (5:59 am)

      Agreed. And if her work has been so effective around homelessness, why are we in the situation our city is today? 

    • anonyme April 11, 2022 (6:40 am)

      Agree.  If you’ve worked 10 years on a failed plan, then what’s the new one?  Business as usual, or a new approach?  Or simply time to insert the word ‘innovative’ into the talking points…?

  • Pessoa April 11, 2022 (10:31 am)

    A candidate’s political stripe is absolutely meaningless to me, what I want to see are critical thinking skills, wisdom, independence and courage to stand alone on an issue, if necessary.   And of these, I value courage the highest, because it is the rarest – by far – of all human traits. 

  • MJ April 14, 2022 (10:04 am)

    Emily has worked for years in a broken system. I look forward to supporting her campaign. The option of not focusing on housing will only make matters worse than they already are. We need people like her who understand the ins and outs of the system so we can keep making progress on an issue that will take years to solve.

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