Progressive activist Nikkita Oliver announces run for Seattle City Council

Mar 10, 2021, 8:39 AM | Updated: 12:45 pm

Nikkita Oliver...

Nikkita Oliver. (Zom Taylor)

(Zom Taylor)

Seattle activist Nikkita Oliver announced Wednesday that they will be running for city council, as the latest big name to throw their hat into the political ring in 2021.

Oliver will look to fill the vacant at-large Position 9 seat, left open by departing Council President Lorena Gonzalez, who eschewed with reelection to run for mayor.

Oliver has long stood as a prominent voice for Seattle’s progressive political movement. They mounted a run for mayor in 2017, coming in third in the primary behind Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon, garnering over 31,000 votes.

In the years since, Oliver has served as an activist and community organizer, pursuing criminal justice reforms while working in the nonprofit sector.

Trio of candidates for Seattle mayor jump out to early fundraising lead

They currently serve as the co-executive director for Creative Justice, “an arts-based alternative to incarceration and a healing engaged youth-led community-based program.”

Oliver’s campaign for city council is rooted in a series of progressive policies, advocating to end homeless encampment sweeps, terminate the city’s contract with the King County Jail, invest more of SPD’s budget in housing and support systems, and focus on enacting a series of Green New Deal policies.

Six other candidates are running to fill Gonzalez’ at-large seat, although just two have begun to raise money through individual contributions.

That includes Fremont Brewery co-founder Sara Nelson and Gonzalez’ current Chief of Staff Brianna Nelson, who have raised over $56,400 and nearly $24,600 in individual contributions, respectively.

Local News

Mt. Rainier death...

Associated Press

Washington man climbing Mount Rainier dies near summit

A Washington state man who was trying to summit Mount Rainier this week collapsed and died near the top of the mountain.

2 days ago

biden crisis averted...

Zeke Miller and Chris Megerian

Biden celebrates a ‘crisis averted’ in Oval Office address on bipartisan debt ceiling deal

President Joe Biden celebrated a “crisis averted” in his first speech to the nation from the Oval Office Friday evening.

2 days ago

Ferry cancellations...

Micki Gamez

Ferry cancellations, delays causing frustration among island residents

Island resident Valerie McKnight says she's frustrated with the ferry system because of hefty delays and daily cancellations.

2 days ago

Montlake SR 520 closed...

Nate Connors

Montlake Boulevard SR 520 on-ramps, exits closed this weekend

SR 520 will not be accessible via Montlake Boulevard over the weekend, as both on and off-ramp access will be closed.

2 days ago

(Photo from KIRO 7)...

Deedee Sun, KIRO 7 News

Two Northshore elementary principals on leave after alleged cocaine use

High on cocaine with a loaded gun – that’s what Redmond police say they saw when they confronted a local elementary school principal at a QFC.

2 days ago

Nordstrom patagonia lawsuit...

Bill Kaczaraba

Patagonia accuses Nordstrom of selling fake merch, files lawsuit

Patagonia is accusing Nordstrom of selling fake merchandise and has filed a lawsuit against the Seattle-based department store chain.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Men's Health Month...

Men’s Health Month: Why It’s Important to Speak About Your Health

June is Men’s Health Month, with the goal to raise awareness about men’s health and to encourage men to speak about their health.

Internet Washington...

Major Internet Upgrade and Expansion Planned This Year in Washington State

Comcast is investing $280 million this year to offer multi-gigabit Internet speeds to more than four million locations.

Compassion International...

Brock Huard and Friends Rally Around The Fight for First Campaign

Professional athletes are teaming up to prevent infant mortality and empower women at risk in communities facing severe poverty.

Emergency Preparedness...

Prepare for the next disaster at the Emergency Preparedness Conference

Being prepared before the next emergency arrives is key to preserving businesses and organizations of many kinds.

SHIBA volunteer...

Volunteer to help people understand their Medicare options!

If you’re retired or getting ready to retire and looking for new ways to stay active, becoming a SHIBA volunteer could be for you!

safety from crime...

As crime increases, our safety measures must too

It's easy to be accused of fearmongering regarding crime, but Seattle residents might have good reason to be concerned for their safety.

Progressive activist Nikkita Oliver announces run for Seattle City Council