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By Mohamud Yussuf, editor of Runta News 2021 local Seattle area candidates are the most diverse in recent history of the county and statewide elections. The campaign which has started early this year, was increasingly attracting the interest and attention of the communities and media including Runta News. Candidates were...
(Photo) Randal signing voucher 1 By Annie Tran Democracy Voucher Program candidates are starting to reach their fundraising limits. But there’s still time for Seattle residents to give their vouchers to their preferred candidates running for mayor, city council, and city attorney in Seattle. What are Democracy Vouchers? Democracy Vouchers are four $25 certificates...
This Op-Ed or draft is co-authored by King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci and King County Executive Dow Constantine One of the starkest outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic has been to highlight just how inequitable our communities have become. While everyone has faced health and economic impacts, immigrants – particularly those...
Shukri Olow, candidate for King County Council District 5, calls on Upthegrove to formally apologize for racist remarks, threats to withhold taxpayer dollars by Emilio Garza KENT, WA -- Dr. Shukri Olow, candidate for King County Council District 5, today called on incumbent King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove to formally apologize...
Runta News-Seattle-August 17, 2021 A press release Runta News received today from the Somali Youth and Family Club confirms the nomination of Ayan Warsame as the new Executive Director for the organization. After receiving the letter, we directly spoke with Ayan over the phone and she assured us the nomination...
SEATTLE – Former City Councilmember, attorney, husband and father, and lifelong Seattle resident Bruce Harrell today announced his campaign for Mayor with a detailed "open letter" to the people of Seattle. In the letter, Harrell outlines his plans and ideas to address many of the challenges facing our city,...
Hamdi Mohamed, a King County Executive Policy Advisor and former Deputy District Director for Congresswoman Jayapal, announces campaign for the Port of Seattle Commission FEBRUARY 17, SEATTLE—Today King County Executive Office of Equity & Social Justice Policy Advisor Hamdi Mohamed announced her campaign for the Port of Seattle Commission Position...
Runta News, Monday, January 25 2021 Seattle, WA- Colleen Echohawk announces her campaign for Mayor of Seattle today, running on a people-first platform to achieve an equitable renewal from the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m running for Mayor of Seattle because I love this city, and we have a once-in-a-generation chance to rethink how...
COVID-19 siyaabo badan ayuu u saameeyay dadka degan Seattle. Dad badan, oo ay ku jiraan dadka waaweyn iyo qoysaska, ayaa wajahaya waqtiyo adag shaqo la’aan darteed. Magaalada Seattle waxay caawin kartaa dadka la halgamaya in ay iska bixiyaan biilasha korontada, biyaha iyo gaaska. Qoysaska u-qalma ayaa iska qori kara Barnaamijka...
Dear Community Member, In the election, we fought hard to flip Republican seats, supporting Black women like Jamila Taylor and T’wina Nobles' rise to leadership. Now it is time to stand by them as they enter elected office and fight to keep their pro-immigrant vision strong. Will you donate to realize...
By Chelsea Kellogg SEATTLE (August 13, 2020) – Mayor Durkan announced today that she will transmit legislation to City Council later this month to propose a new minimum compensation standard for Uber and Lyft drivers to ensure all drivers are paid at least the Seattle minimum wage plus reasonable expenses. Preliminary...
Carmen Best in the middle with her always a big smile. To her left is Asha Mohamed who is a member of the Somali/East African community in Seattle and to her right the former Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole at an event sponsored by Runta News at New Holly...
File Photo from Comcast: Two Somali Women of Highline College working on a laptop by Seattle IT Seattle's Office of Economic Development (OED) recently joined with Comcast and a variety of partners – including the Seattle Information Technology Department – to launch the Digital Bridge program, a pilot that provides low-income...
The City of Kent is committed to its small business community and successful recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. The City Council authorized the use of $1 million of its federal CARES Act funds for Emergency Relief Grants to help businesses recover. Grant Application Portal Now Open! Application window is Monday,...

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The Democracy Voucher Program is Now Open for 2021 Candidates Seattle (July 1, 2020) Beginning July 1, the City of Seattle’s Democracy Voucher Program opens to candidates interested in using Democracy Vouchers to help finance their campaigns for the 2021 City of Seattle elections. In 2021, the mayor, city attorney, city council...
Low-income households encouraged to apply; 2,500 will be placed on waiting list By Rhonda Rosenberg, Director of Communications. For Runta News, Seattle The King County Housing Authority will open a lottery for places on a new waiting list for its Section 8 rental assistance program. Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers help more...
Construction reduces Link service for 10 weeks beginning Monday, Jan. 6 Sound Transit, Seattle If you normally connect from Sounder to Link light rail, be prepared for major Link service changes beginning this weekend and lasting until March 15. For the next 10 weeks, crews are building tracks to connect International District/Chinatown...
Runta News- Seattle  Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan surrounded by African American leaders officially signed yesterday at her office a resolution that supports Initiative 1000 which is on the ballot this November.  Seattle City Council recently passed the Resolution urging Seattle’s more than 460,000 Voters to Approve Initiative 1000 on Referendum...
November is the start date for the tolling. Timing gives SR 99 drivers time to prepare and get a free Good To Go! Pass By Emily Glad WSDOT Toll Division communications SEATTLE – Drivers using the State Route 99 tunnel will begin paying tolls on Nov. 9, 2019, the Washington State Department...
Mayor Jenny Durkan Announces Her Fare Share Plan to Mandate A Minimum Wage and Provide Critical Worker Protections for Uber and Lyft Drivers, Invest Millions of Dollars in Housing Near Transit and Transportation Projects Like the Downtown Streetcar  Proposal Will Generate $52 Million through 2025 for More Than 500 New...
Runta News, SEATTLE (May 29, 2019) Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the grantees of the Expanded Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network (ELDN). The ELDN grants $5.6 million to community-based organizations working to provide legal services to immigrants and refugees at risk of...
With 3,500 Signatures from District 3 Residents, Kshama Sawant Only Candidate In Seattle City Council Elections to File For Office Via Petition Runta News-Seattle May 20, 2019. In a year with a record-breaking 56 candidates filing for Seattle’s City Council elections, District 3’s City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant was the only candidate...
Runta News, OLYMPIA, Washington Yesterday Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation establishing a work group that will develop recommendations for a program to aid international medical graduates in overcoming barriers to professional careers in Washington state. The work group established by Senate Bill 5846 will recommend strategies to reduce barriers for graduates...
Runta News-Seattle A press release issued by the Board of Directors confirms that the Somali Youth and Family Club Board of Directors announced Asha Mohamed as Executive Director, effective December 17, 2018. “The appointment was made after a careful selection process by search panel led by the Board of Directors...
Zak Idan has become the first Somali Council Member in Washington State 2018 after he run a successful campaign with the support of most community members including the young professionals who rallied behind him with the all energy and financial they had. We have been watching Zak lately to...
Runta News - Seattle Partner in Employment is making a difference in community by beautifying the local business district in SeaTac. On Fri, Oct. 12th, over 20 volunteers joined the City of SeaTac and Eecology to pick up litter and promote recycling.  The project aims to build capacity for SeaTac...
Saalim Saalim and his wife Fatma Abdalla and their 5 young children at the celebration event where they officially became Citizens of the United States of America. Runta News- Portland- July 26, 2018 Two events organized by Neighborhood House have taken place this month in Portland, Oregon. Saalim Saalim fled civil...
Are you interested in running for Seattle City Council in 2019? Use Democracy Vouchers to help finance your campaign! Runta News - City of Seattle – June 2018 Seven Seattle City Council District positions will be on the ballot in 2019. Seattle residents who want to represent their city council districts...
Fathia Absie, Co-Founder of EWM Program with a Muslim American, Janet Clark at dinner last year. Photo by Airbnb Magazine Seattle, WA – In an atmosphere of increasing hate and intolerance, we must become a greater and proactive force for compassion and understanding. Now, more than ever, the Eat with...
Runta News-Seattle A news release we have received from the EACS Board of Directors announces that Munira Mohamed is the new Executive Director of the organization. Hadis Ali, Board Chair sent us the letter of the Executive Updates in which was written as this,  Dear EACS Community, Happy Spring! We have exciting...
Sumayyah Waheed speaking before several hundred people at Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The All In For Washington Director Sumayyah Waheed spoke after Southeast Seattle Education Coalition Executive Director Erin Okuno, to conclude the 6th annual Budget Matters event on December 6, 2017. Sumayyah had emphasized in her...
Seattle Police Chiefs have met the Muslim Community to assure them Safety. From left, Assistant Chief Robert Merner, Amal Abdullahi, Chief Kathleen O’Toole, and Deputy Chief Carmen Best. File photo by Mohamud Yussuf of Runta News (SEATTLE, WA, 10/28/2017) – The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations...

Morales Endorses Moon!

Cary Moon, a Candidate for Seattle Mayor! A Press release issued by Tammy Morales’ office urges communities to vote for Cary Moon for Seattle Mayor this November. Morales described Moon as a progressive leader whose policies and expertise will greatly benefit all people. Tammy Morales is well known politician community...
Jon Grant is one those candidates who is eligible for the Vouchers. He started early campaign on facebook asking voters to donate to him. City of Seattle – June 5, 2017 – Did you receive $100 in Democracy Vouchers from the City of Seattle earlier this year? The program deadline...
  Abdullahi Farah with Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim and SPD Acting Lieutenant Adrian Diaz. SEATTLE (May 13, 2017) – Community members gathered at City Hall to celebrate the completion of a groundbreaking program intended to keep immigrant young people out of the criminal justice system. Eeight-week-long Immigrant Family Institute (IFI) brought together...
Ramadan Kareem! Eid Mubarak! Enjoy a community celebration of Eid Al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan at two Library locations in July. Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.   The celebrations will include crafts, stories, traditional foods and activities for all ages. The...
The KC Elections Director, Julie Wise, and some the organizations awarded funding last year. The representatives are from Partnership in Employment, Somali Community Services of Seattle, Iraqi Community Services, and Somali parents Task Force. King County Elections and Seattle Foundation are partnering to award $400,000 in grants for voter engagement...
New America Media, News Report, Honora Montano, Posted: Mar 16, 2017 A coalition of medical organizations representing over half of American physicians launched a campaign yesterday to alert policymakers and the public to the dangers climate change presents to public health. “Doctors in every part of our country see that climate change is making...
Komishinku waxuu kala talinayaa Magaalada habka  lagula shaqeynayo bulshada SEATTLE (February 1, 2017) – Duqa Magaalada Edward Murray iyo Golaha Degaanka Seattle waxey raadinayaan xubno cusub oo ah Komishin ama guddi Ku Howlan Arrimaha Bulshada. Waxaa lagu abuuray Fulin Amarka 2016-06 iyado amarkaasu ahaa November tii la soo dhaafay, Komishinkaas waxuu...
SEATTLE (October 24, 2016) – Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement after the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) federal monitoring team Download Most Recent Classifieds. indicating that the Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) performance with communities of color has improved over the last year, with fewer people reporting problems with their interactions with SPD...
Runta-Seattle Like many entrepreneurs and inventors, Yusuf Osman, better known as Yusuf Abudi was inspired to create his current venture, Simple Oral Care Inc. based in Seattle, to solve a problem that he experienced himself. He says during a normal visit to his dentist, he discovered he had tooth decay, so...
Dr. Richard Burkhart (Dick) is a well-known Seattle progressive political activist.  He has closely followed politics in America throughout his life.  He is especially concerned about the extreme wealth gap in this country.  He knows lots of politicians personally and is very knowledgeable about the political views of every...
SEATTLE (January 25, 2017) – Mayor Ed Murray surrounded by City Council Members, Police Chiefs, and Civil rights activists issued the following statement after President Trump signed executive orders on immigration: “Today is one of the worst days for immigrants in America since Japanese internment. Just days after hundreds of...
SEATTLE (March 27, 2017) – Today, Mayor Ed Murray and City Attorney Pete Holmes issued the following statements in response to comments made by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatening to withhold grants from so-called “sanctuary cities”:  “Attorney General Jeff Session’s latest threat does not change our position,” said Mayor Murray. “As I’ve...
Ogow halka aad joogto. Ogaanshaha goobta ama halka aad ku sugan tahay marka xaal imerjensi ah aad ku sugan tahay waa arrin muhiim ah si aad u hesho gacan siin. Gaar ahaan marka aad ka soo waceyso telefankaaga gacanta. Haddii aad taqaano adreeskaaga, dhaqsi u sheeg. Haddaadan aqoon,...
Communications Specialist King County Elections King County Elections, the Seattle Foundation and 22 community partners officially kicked-off voter outreach efforts for the November General Election. Together, they plan to reach between 20,000 and 40,000 limited-English speaking voters this fall. Earlier this year, King County Elections and the Seattle Foundation launched a pilot...
Suldan Sheikh (bidix) iyo Ahmed Mohamud waxa ay dhowaan ka hor hadleen kulan looga hadlayey dhibaatooyinka soo food saaray ganacsatada Soomaaliyeed ee ku dhaqan Seattle, Washington. Waxa ganacsatada lagu soo rogay sharciyo adag oo haddii sida ay yihiin loo qaato dukaamada hadda jira oo dhan ay xirmi doonaan. Qodobbada...