Seattle’s Most Influential People 2018: Seattle City Councilmember, Teresa Mosqueda
The freshman councilmember is proving to be a bridge player on an increasingly fractured City Council
By Erica C. Barnett October 17, 2018
This article appears in print in the November 2018 issue, as part of the Most Influential People of the Year feature. Click here to subscribe.
In her first several months on the council, Mosqueda, an energetic former labor lobbyist elected in 2017, proposed a plan, one that shouldn’t be radical yet is, to give surplus city land to affordable-housing developers, instead of selling it to the highest bidder; cast one of just two votes against repealing the “head tax,” which would have paid for housing and homeless services; passed new city protections for domestic workers; and stuck her neck out as a high-density housing advocate at a time when a revanchist neighborhood movement is ascending. Rarely has a City Council freshman taken a mandate and run with it quite as hard as Mosqueda. In doing so, she’s proving to be a bridge player on an increasingly fractured City Council.
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