Andrew Houston
Andrew Houston

Local architect and advocate Andrew Grant Houston has declared his candidacy for the mayor of Seattle. Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced in the fall that she would not be running for reelection.

Houston, a Capitol Hill resident, is a member of AIA Seattle, a board member of Futurewise and a member of Share The Cities, The Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council, The Sunrise Movement and the 43rd Democrats. He also currently serves as the interim policy manager for City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda.

According to a press release, Houston decided to run for mayor after years advocating for more housing at all income levels and following a lack of response to the climate crisis this past September, when the Puget Sound registered the worst Air Quality Index score the region has ever seen.

According to the release, Houston is a queer Black and Latino architect, a small business owner and activist “with a vision of transforming Seattle into one of the most vibrant, sustainable cities in the world: a city where no one has to sleep outside, where local businesses and culture thrive, and where orcas start to visit once again.”

According to his release, Houston believes the economy needs to transform with climate change uncertainty in mind.

“Andrew knows that means fair wages, worker ownership and a mass investment in sustainable infrastructure as well as the enhanced support of local farmers, support of Seattle’s arts, increased funding for community-led public safety, cleaning up the Duwamish and Elliott Bay and ensuring the existing housing demand is met while increasing the stock of publicly-owned housing and community land trusts,”  according to the release.

For more information, visit his website.