Shoreline Deputy Mayor Jesse Salomon, a 10-year attorney with King County’s Department of Public Defense, former child welfare prosecutor, and community leader, is running for State Senate to address critical needs in education, livable wage jobs, the environment, and fiscal accountability.
As a two-term city councilmember Jesse has a strong record of accomplishment in creating hundreds of affordable housing units, securing two light rail stations, passing a paid family and medical leave ordinance, saving local forest land, and passing a climate action plan to fight climate change.
A practicing attorney for over 15 years, Jesse holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University.
As a member of King County’s Children and Youth Advisory Board, Jesse works to ensure that all kids get the best start in life and that families get the support they need. The Board has expanded access to quality before and after school enrichment opportunities, and its work is considered the most comprehensive approach to early childhood development in the United States.
Knowing that Shoreline would be facing budget deficits in the future, Jesse volunteered for the City Council’s financial sustainability committee. He helped the City look ten years into the future to forge a long-range plan to avoid deficits. Jesse will bring this type of responsible fiscal stewardship to state government.
As a member of King County’s Law, Safety and Justice Committee, Jesse met regularly with law enforcement leaders, judges, and other elected officials to coordinate best practices in law enforcement and court procedures, and also promoted the use of non-violent police de-escalation techniques to prevent violence between police and citizens. This new approach is now a standard part of training for police in many areas of the State, including Shoreline.
In his spare time, Jesse enjoys all the beautiful Northwest has to offer – fishing, snowboarding, and hiking. Jesse cares deeply about salmon’s importance as a local icon, a sport fishing resource and an essential part the Native American way of life.
As a public defense attorney, Jesse has litigated almost 40 jury trials, upholding the constitution by representing people accused of crimes who couldn’t afford to pay for a lawyer.
Jesse has also worked in alternative disposition courts that focus on helping people with mental health and addiction issues. Prior to becoming a city council member and public defender, Jesse worked as a prosecutor for the Lummi Nation, protecting children from child abuse and neglect and protecting natural resources.
Jesse has fought for fair pay for a day’s work, interning with the AFL-CIO as a union organizer, and standing up on behalf of working people as a city councilmember and member of SEIU 925.
Jesse and his wife Sarah, a public health researcher, along with their one-year-old son live in the Ridgecrest neighborhood of Shoreline. As a father of a small child, Jesse appreciates the importance of high quality early childhood education and is dedicated to increasing access for families who can’t afford to pay the full cost.
New Affordable Housing Units
Required that a portion of new apartment units be rented at affordable rates. Three hundred and thirteen new affordable apartments have been built under this policy since 2012.
Jesse also successfully proposed that the City provide $2,000,000 worth of unused city property to develop affordable housing.
Rapid Transit and light rail stations
Helped convince Sound Transit decision makers to provide two light rail stops in Shoreline and increase bus service in the area.
Carbon Reduction to fight global warming
Helped pass a climate action plan roadmap to track and reduce carbon emissions in Shoreline.
As a member of the Cascadia region’s Safe Energy Leadership Alliance, helped convince permitting agencies to block coal trains and new coal export terminals.
Paid family and medical leave
Created paid family and medical leave benefits for some Shoreline employees. The legislature subsequently expanded this policy to apply statewide!
Improved parks and salmon habitat
Saved four acres of Hamlin Park from being paved. Funded improvements to the Interurban Trail and Echo Lake Park. Funded removal of a dam by Hidden Lake to save money in dredging costs and create salmon habitat.