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Friday, July 28, 2017 12:00 AM

Candidate Profile: Sheley Secrest

Sheley Secrest wants marginalized communities to do more than just testify at council hearings—she said she is going to shift power and bring their voice to policymaking.

“Because I’m an activist, I am able to bring folks to the table,” she said. “A lot of communities feel that they’ve been left out.”

Thursday, July 27, 2017 12:00 AM


“Nothing about us, without us, is for us.”
-James Charlton

When Sheley Secrest was 21-years old she impatiently awaited the big decision from her first-choice school, Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

After months of waiting she finally received a no. The reason for that no: she was pregnant. She and her husband planned to move the family so she could attend Spelman, but the prestigious, historically Black, all-women’s college had a strict policy against accepting pregnant women. Secrest was devastated by the news, but before she could give up on herself her community rallied with support.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 12:00 AM

Outraged crowd mourns shooting death of Charleena Lyles, rages against police brutality at community forum

“Fix the system. We are dying. We are burying our children. We had said earlier insanity is doing the same thing expecting a different result,” said Sheley Secrest, a black woman, an NAACP leader and City Council candidate. “Let’s use this time to make sure we’re doing this differently.”

Monday, June 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Court partly reinstates Trump travel ban, fall arguments set

Sheley Secrest, NAACP Vice President for Washington and Seattle, speaks to protesters outside the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals as it prepared to hear arguments on President Donald Trump's revised travel ban in Seattle on May 15.

Monday, June 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Another US appeals court keeps Trump's travel ban blocked

SEATTLE — Another U.S. appeals court stomped on President Donald Trump's revised travel ban Monday, saying the administration violated federal immigration law and failed to provide a valid reason for keeping people from six mostly Muslim nations from coming to the country.

Friday, June 2, 2017 12:00 AM

Next Stop On the Upzone Train: The Central District

The city’s urban planning department has released a plan to rezone key intersections along 23rd Avenue in the Central District—Seattle’s historically black and rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. As it’s done in the U District and downtown, the city would allow taller buildings, but would also require developers to include affordable units in the high-rises—a fight-fire-with-fire gambit that aims to stem gentrification by encouraging more development.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 12:00 AM


Seattle’s Sheley Secrest, a 42-year-old mother, lawyer and activist (she’s the VP of both the state and local chapters of the NAACP), is running for a seat on the Seattle City Council. Secrest bolstered the visibility of her campaign on April 20th, 2016, when she protested the Uncle Ike’s pot shop. Uncle Ike’s is located on the corner of 23rd and Union in the city’s Central District, a historically black neighborhood that’s recently undergone major—and potentially unwelcomed—gentrification.

Friday, May 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Guest Editorial: It's Time for Real Police Reform in Seattle

I remember the way his nose flared. Eyes red from anger and tears. He looked deep into his camera phone as he recorded a Facebook Live video demanding answers for the death of his brother. An inquest hearing by an all white jury determined that Che Taylor, a black unarmed* male, died by the fatal shots of two white Seattle Police officers.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Council candidate wants Seattle to strike a new path on housing

On April 20, Sheley Secrest declared her opposition to Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA). At Seattle’s 46th Legislative District candidate forum, Secrest stepped out from the 10-person pack of candidates running for an open citywide seat on the Seattle City Council by showing her independence on housing issues. Her stance grows out of her experience as an African American, a community activist and a renter living in the Rainier Valley. In addition, through her work with the Seattle King County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Secrest is helping to create affordable housing in the Central Area through a community land trust, an innovative development tool based on non-profit ownership of land.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Sheley Secrest's Fight Against Gentriication

Seattle NAACP Leader and City Council candidate vows to keep community voices heard. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 12:00 AM

Secrest Hopes to Replace Burgess

Sheley Secrest says she’s running for Seattle City Council, “for the little boy out there on Alder Street.”

“He’s doing what we’ve asked him to do,” she says. “He’s staying out of trouble. I’m running because I want to make sure that we are doing things like finding more jobs for him, opportunities for him. Not building more jails. Not hiring more cops.”

Friday, March 3, 2017 12:00 AM

Democracy Vouchers: Everything You Need to Know

In January, Seattle residents started receiving envelopes in the mail containing $25 certificates known as “democracy vouchers.” The certificates, which resemble Monopoly money, are sent by the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission (SEEC) and are the key component of Seattle’s campaign finance reform program. In fact, they are central to a remarkable effort to reform the way candidates fund campaigns for local office — one designed to level the playing field for people who may not otherwise be able to afford to run for office.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:00 AM

Democracy Vouchers: How Seattle’s Campaign Finance Experiment Aims to Transform Local Politics

Monday, January 30, 2017 7:30 AM

Seven candidates file for Seattle City Council Position 8 race

Thursday, January 19, 2017 1:14 PM

Sheley Secrest Announces Run for City Council

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 12:06 PM

Sheley Secrest, an NAACP leader, launches run for Seattle City Council

Monday, January 16, 2017 3:54 PM

King County NAACP Vice President Sheley Secrest to Run for City Council

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