Andrea Caupain suspends campaign to focus on community work
Intends to lead efforts at Byrd Barr Place and initiatives with Black, Indigenous, and communities of color
SEATTLE – Community leader Andrea Caupain announces she is suspending her campaign for state representative of the 37th legislative district to focus on serving the growing needs of the community through her work at Byrd Barr Place and initiatives with Black communities, Indigenous communities, and communities of color.
“As we’ve seen rising cases of COVID-19 and the disproportionate impacts on Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, immigrants, and refugees, I cannot justify running a social service organization and running for office at the same time,” says Caupain. “I’ve decided my service is most urgently needed at Byrd Barr Place.”
Caupain also sees this as a pivotal time for the Black community as protests have galvanized the country to reckon with centuries of racial injustices. She believes she can be most effective in leading meaningful change through two major initiatives she recently helped launch:
Black Future Co-op Fund: Created by Caupain and three other prominent Black women leaders, the Fund will address the harmful impacts of systemic racism through intentional investment in the Black community’s health and well-being, education, building generational wealth, art, and civic engagement.
Black, Indigenous, People of Color Executive Director Network: Connecting more than 250 nonprofit executives from across the state, the network will provide support for Black leaders, Indigenous leaders, and leaders of color, and unite them around shared messaging and strategies to advocate for equitable policies.
“I’m so grateful for everyone’s support and endorsement. This is not a goodbye, it’s a redoubling of my commitment to our community,” says Caupain. “I will be applying all that I’ve learned from meeting so many incredible people and listening to their stories, their dreams and struggles, and their solutions into my work with Byrd Barr Place and with Black communities, Indigenous communities, and communities of color across Washington.”
Caupain endorses Chukundi Salisbury for the 37th district state representative position, noting he has the experience and leadership skills to bring the community together and effect change in Olympia.
Kara Palmer, Pyramid Communications