Runta News- Seattle, Washington
As election campaigns gear up toward the primary season, Attorney and Social Justice Advocate Cynthia Delostrinos Johnson announced her campaign today for Tukwila City Council, Position 4.
“Tukwila is a community at a crossroads. There have been some amazing developments that have improved the community, like the new Tukwila Village and Library. At the same time, as more developments come in we risk the displacement of many of our longtime residents as well as our communities of color. The same gentrification that is taking place in Seattle will happen in Tukwila if we aren’t prepared to tackle these issues.” said Cynthia.
For the past five years Cynthia has worked in government for the Supreme Court Commissions, which include the Minority and Justice Commission, Gender and Justice Commission, and the Interpreter Commission. She has experience working with policy and developing education and training for judges and court staff around addressing inequities within the court system. Through her work with the Commissions, she’s been able to employ strategies to effect changes in policy, and works collaboratively with various justice system partners, from judges to prosecutors, community, and advocates. She’s successfully helped secure grant funding to support innovative projects for the Commissions. She has helped expand opportunities for youth of color to learn about careers in the justice system through statewide Youth and Justice Forums, because she knows that representation matters.
“I look forward to working hard every day, knocking on doors, listening to the residents of Tukwila, and explaining why I’m the best candidate for the job. We all want a Tukwila and a City Council that prioritizes people and I’ll continue to be a leader that brings people together to solve complex problems and ensures all stakeholder voices are being heard” added Cynthia.
Cynthia and her husband James live on Old Tukwila Hill where they are raising their sons Isaac (5) and Isaiah (3), and their cat Barry. They are happy to call Tukwila home.