After much deliberation, I’ve decided to suspend my campaign for state representative of the 37th legislative district so that I can fully focus on my work with Byrd Barr Place and with Black communities, Indigenous communities, and communities of color across Washington state.
As we’ve seen rising cases of COVID-19 and the disproportionate impacts on Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, immigrants and refugees, persons with disabilities, and people experiencing poverty, I feel my service is most urgently needed at Byrd Barr Place.
I also see this as a pivotal time for our Black community as we’ve witnessed protests galvanize the country to reckon with centuries of racial injustices. I believe I can be most effective in leading meaningful change for Black communities, Indigenous communities, and communities of color around the state through two major initiatives I recently helped launch: the Black Future Co-op Fund and the Black, Indigenous, People of Color Executive Director Network.
Gratitude to all who supported my campaign
I’m deeply grateful for everyone’s belief in me and support. A huge thank you to the organizations and individuals who endorsed me, the local businesses and residents who proudly displayed yard signs, and the many volunteers who helped spread the word about this campaign. I appreciate you all!
I want you to know that this is not a goodbye, it’s a re-doubling of my commitment to our community. I’m eager to apply all that I’ve learned from meeting so many incredible people and hearing your stories, your hopes, and your ideas into my work with Byrd Barr Place and with Black communities, Indigenous communities, and communities of color across Washington.
I endorse Chukundi Salisbury
As I exit the race, I am excited to put my full support behind Chukundi Salisbury for 37th district state representative. I am confident Chukundi has the experience and leadership skills to unite our community and effect change in Olympia.