Effective. Pragmatic. Progressive.
Tim provides leadership for all the people of Seattle.
- Led the push for high-quality, voluntary and affordable preschool for our youngest learners that received overwhelming voter support and will make a profound difference in the lives of Seattle's children and families.
- Helped Mayor Murray hire an outstanding new police chief committed to reform and protecting our safety and property, while continuing a strong push for increased accountability and transparency in our police department.
- Authored legislation giving the police chief new authority to hire the best commanders possible from outside or inside the police department, erasing a 35-year-old ban on outside hiring.
- Supported a path-breaking, phased-in $15 minimum wage that counters the income inequities that threaten our lowest-wage workers.
- Helped design the new Metropolitan Parks District that will provide long-term increased funding for our parks and community centers and a transit funding measure that will enable Seattle in increase Metro bus service.
- Wrote the Chronic Nuisance Property Law that gave the city more power to shut down drug houses and Aurora motels that were magnets of crime and disorder.
- Key negotiator for the final Paid Sick and Safe Leave Act that provides all workers citywide with the ability to care for themselves and their families.
- Persuaded his colleagues to fully fund the Nurse Family Partnership, an evidence-based home visitation program for low-income, first-time moms, making Seattle the fourth major U.S. city to fund this proven, highly successful program.
- Wrote the city's Wage Theft Law to protect workers from dishonest employers.
- Raised more that $1 million in donations from the public, plus $150,000 in city government funds, to open only the fourth residential safe haven in the nation for the care of prostituted children, some as young as 13 and 14 years of age.
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- Provided key support to the city's new Rental Housing Inspection legislation, protecting renters from unscrupulous landlords.
- Led the effort to fund the first city-focused gun violence injury study in the U.S. at the UW and Harborview Medical Center, a study that has now been published in a peer-review journal; such studies have been blocked at the federal level for decades by the NRA. The research documented the huge impact gun violence has on the health system and recommended steps to reduce gun violence.
- Led the effort to establish and fund the city's Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.
- Requested an audit of rental housing practices in the city, resulting in findings of widespread discrimination toward African Americans and people with disabilities, and the filing of civil charges against six property owners.