Cary Moon is a civic leader and policy expert who has helped develop solutions to some of Seattle’s biggest challenges. Cary received The Stranger's “Political Genius” award, was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Municipal League of King County, was honored as “Change Agent of the Year” by Real Change and was recognized as one of “Seattle's Most Influential People” by Seattle Magazine.
Cary Moon has decades of experience working on systemic solutions to urban problems. She is a member of (but currently on a leave of absence from) the Board of Directors of the Progress Alliance and the One Center City Advisory Board. Cary was the Co-Founder and Director of the People's Waterfront Coalition, which led the advocacy effort for a highway-free waterfront, and transit-based urban transportation solution, to replace the Seattle Viaduct.
Growing up, Cary Moon was part of her family's small manufacturing business that was partly owned by its 100 employees. She worked as an engineer in manufacturing companies and at the US Department of Labor.
Cary holds a BS in Engineering and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Pike Place Market neighborhood with her husband Mark and two children.
For years I have worked as a civic leader and policy expert to develop solutions to some of Seattle’s biggest challenges. I have worked both behind the scenes with city stakeholders and community advocates, and on the front lines with grassroots activists, to achieve sustainable and equitable development, protect public spaces and keep our government accountable to the people. But lately we have seen how politicians who answer to corporate lobbyists and special interests have undermined the healthy development of our city.
Seattle's prosperity should provide shared opportunity and success for everyone, not just the wealthy elite. We can't let the future of our vibrant, diverse city be compromised by the political insiders currently gaming City Hall.
I am running for Mayor to bring solutions forward -- to listen, to learn and to take honest stock of the challenges facing our city, and to offer my expertise as an urban planner, engineer and civic leader in driving strategies to strike Seattle’s problems at their root cause, not just address the symptoms.
I look forward to talking with Seattleites -- families, communities, activists, and businesses -- to ensure everyone's voice is heard on the future of our city, and develop solutions together. We all belong here, and have an equal right to help shape our shared future. As Mayor of Seattle my top priorities would include the following issues and initial framework of solutions.
Seattle has become one of the most expensive cities in the country. More than half of Seattle renters pay more than they can reasonably afford for housing. Too many are living on the edge, just one unexpected bill away from not making rent and facing eviction. Working people, people of color, LGBTQ people, young families and seniors are being pushed out of our city. That is not who we are.
People who work in Seattle should be able to afford to live in Seattle. If we don’t solve this problem now, in just a few years the majority of Seattle’s workforce -- and our children -- will be forced to live outside the city. We have the tools to start fixing this problem; we just need the collective will and courage to stop favoring the interests of profiteers and start putting people and families first.
Traffic congestion is one of the biggest growing pains in our city. We need to address housing costs and transit access together. Working people are being pushed out of Seattle to chase affordable housing in places that are not served by transit, which leaves them isolated from their communities and services. Lack of transit options forces workers to drive, compounding congestion on our streets. In addition to improving transit options, we need to focus on safe streets, walkable neighborhoods, a basic bike network and a strong freight and delivery network. We need to be efficient with our limited street space and make alternatives to driving more viable for commuters.
We need to address the root causes of our city’s surge in homelessness to get ahead of this problem. We need a shared strategy, and a collaborative effort across agencies and service providers, to synergize the solutions we know can work to help people back into secure housing as efficiently as possible.
Our state’s trickle-down approach to economic growth benefits the super wealthy and large corporations at the expense of the rest of us. Over the last four years, City Hall has proposed several new property tax and sales tax increases, which have only compounded the fact that Seattle has one of the most regressive tax structures in the country. This means those at the top pay a much smaller share of their income in taxes than those at the very bottom. We in Seattle need to lead the charge to reverse this by holding the wealthiest among us accountable to pay their fair share, and investing in the public resources that support the well-being of everyone.
Seattle must stand for racial equity and the liberation of all people. But too many outcomes show we are missing the mark. White Seattleites need to come to grips with racial and economic inequality and the barriers that exist in our systems and institutions -- and we all must work in partnership across race and class to dismantle them. Our city must step up its accountability to communities of color and disenfranchised communities, including transgender and gender diverse people. We must amplify the important work already done by Black leaders, Native leaders, immigrant leaders and people of color from the civil rights era through the Black Lives Matter movement and complete the transformation to true inclusion and power sharing.
When women are secure and self-reliant, families, businesses and communities thrive. Despite our shared progressive values, Seattle lags behind the rest of the developed world on gender pay equity. Women should not have to work more hours to make ends meet, stay in abusive relationships due to financial dependency, or continually fight to maintain access to health care.
Seattle is becoming more expensive and access to entrepreneurship is more and more out of reach. Homegrown Seattle businesses are being replaced by corporate chains. Increasing commercial rents, congested streets, inadequate transit and regulatory challenges make survival for small local business tougher and tougher. Small, locally owned businesses are the engine of an economy that builds local prosperity, access to opportunity and resilient communities. We need to protect and nurture and grow small businesses, and ensure a level playing field.
Seattle, with our environmental values and skill at innovation, should be leading the nation as a climate champion. As the federal government abdicates this responsibility, our city must move quickly to sustainable solutions. We can push the transformative changes we know are possible and lead the nation in reducing pollution and stopping damage to the climate. Our city should boost our Climate Action Plan with bolder actions for cutting our greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the climate risks for communities in harm’s way, and guiding our growth toward a 21st century clean energy economy. We have a moral responsibility to future generations, each other, and the earth.