Jeanne Kohl-Welles


Seattle Times: It’s hard to get drug treatment while homeless. King County wants to change that.

Amid an opioid overdose crisis that’s seen hundreds of deaths in recent years, King County is planning to bring medication-assisted treatment for opioids to homeless encampments and shelters this fall.

The county last month put out a $1 million request for proposals, with bidders to be picked in September. Another $500,000 is going to a new street medicine team on wheels to meet with people living in tents and shelters starting this month.

The two-pronged approach is to ensure that people who want addiction treatment can get it, and to bring more medical care into encampments and shelters. The strategy will focus on outreach and improving people’s health — not on abstinence, and not connected to efforts to remove encampments from public sight.

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See you at the doors!

Jeanne and her team will be out knocking on doors from now through November, please join us! If you’re interested in volunteering with the campaign, please send an email to [email protected] We’d love to see you on the campaign trail!

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Jeanne and the team were thrilled with the turnout at the official campaign kick-off June 20 at Woodland Park Zoo.  More than 100 people attended and the campaign exceeded its fundraising goal.

Most importantly, it was fun!  Attendees visited the penguins, met a roving peacock and got to spend some quality time with Freckles, the adorable bearded dragon.

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Kohl-Welles Wins Key Labor Endorsements

Labor Votes For “Sole” Endorsements

King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, running for her second term for the Council District 4 position, received two important endorsements last week from organized labor.  Both MLK Labor (formerly King County Labor Council) and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW voted for sole endorsements.

“I’m thrilled to have received this vote of confidence from my labor allies,” said Kohl-Welles.  “ I am looking forward to continuing my partnership with organized labor in the effort to provide living wage jobs, protect the environment and workers’ rights and expand affordable housing and equitable access to affordable public transit, health care and essential services.”

Diane Sosne, President of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, had this to say:  “We are proud to stand with Martin Luther King Jr. County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles as she runs for re-election. She has been a staunch and unwavering pro-worker and working families advocate standing shoulder to shoulder with our members on our picket lines calling for quality care. Jeanne has also been a leader in promoting and passing progressive policy and legislation. We look forward to her continued leadership on the council.”

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A week to celebrate mothers!

It’s almost Mother’s Day and I’m thinking of all the young, working parents who are struggling to find affordable, quality child care for their children. 

I understand the challenge. I brought up five children, including one set of twins, much of the time as a single mother, while continuing to work and seek an education. I know the daily challenge of balancing work and children, which is a reason why supporting parents and families remains a key priority for me.

Thanks to a new pilot project at King County, I’m lucky enough to work where little Gracie comes to work every day with her mother. At just 5 months old, Gracie is an adorable addition to the office, and brings a smile to my face every time I stop by to say hi.

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