Piroshky, Piroshky owner announces candidacy for Seattle City Council
May 15, 2023, 11:47 AM | Updated: 11:53 am
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The owner of the popular Piroshky, Piroshky bakery said she hopes to tackle crime by running for Seattle City Council.
Olga Sagan announced on Twitter Sunday with a letter from her daughter about why she should run for office.
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For Mother’s Day, I’d like to share this touching letter that my daughter Emily wrote. My daughters are the light of my world and I’m so happy to have their support for this next adventure. Will have more to say soonbut for now, happy Mother’s Day! mom should run for city council pic.twitter.com/q2VAUCr1n7
— olga sagan (@olgasagan1) May 14, 2023
Sagan will be running for City Council position 7 against incumbent Councilmember Andrew Lewis.
Lewis announced he was running for re-election on a platform of addressing affordable housing, homelessness, and climate change in January. Lewis is one of the few Seattle councilmembers running for re-election, with three sitting councilmembers having already announced they will not run again.
According to her website, Sagan became part owner of Piroshky, Piroshky in 2006, and bought out the bakery in 2017.
Last year, Sagan temporarily closed her downtown Seattle store over the increased crime and drug use.
“Over the last couple of months, we’ve seen people coming back to downtown,” Sagan said in an interview with Dori Monson. “I wouldn’t say that crime is a major improvement. But if you compare what’s going on right now to February, there was an improvement. It’s still inconsistent, there are still bad nights.”
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It appears that crime and safety downtown is a big part of Sagan’s campaign, with her daughter’s letter emphasizing that Sagan wants to create “a better, cleaner Seattle, one where its own residents aren’t afraid to walk the streets at night or on their own.” Sagan has not identified a party affiliation, and council positions are considered ‘non-partisan.’
Sagan is set to have a kickoff party at Tutta Bella Pizzeria on May 31.
The City Council election is set to be held Tuesday, Nov. 7.