Abel Joins the Race for Seattle District 4

Released at: May 04, 2015
Contact: Abel Pacheco


SEATTLE – Abel Pacheco today announced his candidacy for Seattle City Council’s 4th District, representing among other neighborhoods Wallingford, the University District, Ravenna, Roosevelt, Laurelhurst, and Wedgwood.  Pacheco hopes to bring his experience in community relations and coalition buildings to one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation.

“Our district deserves strong leadership and representation,” Pacheco stated.  “Seattle voters made it resoundingly clear that they want new perspectives, new representatives, and an opportunity to bring new voices to the table, and I will work to be that voice every day.  My priority as your Councilmember will be to represent the unique needs of the 4th District to the City Council, and to advocate for new opportunities for us.” 

Pacheco’s ties to the community run deep.  He earned his Masters in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, has taught at North and Seattle Central Community College, and currently serves as Assistant Director of External Affairs for the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity at UW.  He has a deep understanding of the issues facing District 4, and has previously worked with leaders and community from across the district. 

Pacheco also spent three years doing communications work for the Seattle Police Foundation, experience that shaped his interest in the intersection of safe communities, and public trust for law enforcement.  He has been a member of United Way of King County’s Emerging Leaders Engagement committee, and currently serves on the board of the Wallingford Community Council and the Promoters of Plymouth, a group dedicated to finding permanent housing for disadvantaged individuals.

Pacheco, 27, moved to Seattle for graduate school, fell in love with the city and his Wallingford neighborhood, and is proud to call his adopted city home for life.  “Seattle has so much to offer,” he said.  “I cannot imagine a better place to live.  Now I want to make sure that the city I love continues to be a great choice for families, our seniors, students, businesses and nonprofit organizations, and the diverse communities that make Seattle special.”

Pacheco says that his experience as a young professional and renter is an important voice to be included on the Council.  “Seattle is growing rapidly, and everyone is deeply impacted by this growth as we struggle with the lack of affordable housing, the challenge of first-time home purchasing, supporting public safety, and strong public transit systems.  That voice is not at the table currently—bringing that voice is why I am running.”

“Seattle voted in favor of City Council districts by 66%,” Pacheco said, “indicating that they want a new voice, and better representation.  I am running to represent the 4th district in order to be that voice, and to work on behalf of my constituents.” 

Media inquiries can be directed to Abel Pacheco at abel4seattle@gmail.com or (425)954-6778.