I’m Christopher Rufo. I’m no longer running for Seattle City Council, but I hope to continue to influence the debate and advocate for new policies.
I’ve spent the past ten years directing documentaries for PBS and Netflix, traveling to the world’s most distant places and exploring how societies work. I directed a film about America’s poorest cities, learning how bad public policies can send a community into decline.
Here in Seattle, the ideologues on our city council have failed to meet the city’s challenges. Over the past five years, rents are up 67%, street homelessness is up 131%, and property crime is now four times higher than New York City. Our leaders have increased tax revenues by $1.9 billion a year, but their ideas don’t work.
It’s time for a change. It’s time for a city council that listens to neighbors. It’s time for a city council that cleans up our streets and our parks. It’s time for a city council that delivers compassion with results.
A NEW DIRECTION ON HOMELESSNESS
Over the past five years, Seattle has endured a slow-rolling explosion of homelessness, crime, and addiction. In the most recent one-night count, there were 12,112 people sleeping in tents, cars, and emergency shelters.
At the same time, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal, the Seattle metro area spends more than $1 billion on the homelessness crisis every year—that’s nearly $100,000 per homeless man, woman, and child.
The evidence is clear: the city’s policies have failed to contain the crisis. We have created a series of perverse incentives that only make the problem worse, with more addiction, more crime, and more tent encampments staking their claim in residential neighborhoods.
I’ve written a 17-page report laying out a detailed plan to get people off the streets, into shelter and services, reunited with family, and on the path to independence.
MAKING OUR CITY SAFE AND CLEAN
The Seattle City Council has effectively ceded our streets and parks to more than 400 illegal homeless encampments. Recent complaints to the Seattle Customer Service Bureau include reports of theft, drugs, fighting, rape, murder, arson, prostitution, assaults, needles, and feces.
But rather than take responsibility for their mistakes, our city council has doubled-down on the same failed policies.
My opponent, Mike O’Brien, has proposed ordinances to legalize street camping on 167 miles of public sidewalks, legalize RV camping on all city streets, and prevent the city’s Navigation Teams from cleaning up tent cities. He supported the disastrous “head tax” and, when KUOW asked him what the city is doing about illegal campers, he replied: “We have no plan.”
I’ve created an 8-point action plan to clean up our streets, keep our kids safe, and ensure that our compassion delivers results.
NO TAX ON JOBS
Over the past few years, Seattle has been taken over by ideologues who put their own partisan agenda above the interests of the people.
I stand with 70% of Seattle voters in opposition to the disastrous “head tax” on Seattle’s top employers.
Although the city council eventually repealed the tax, they will try again unless we defeat them. As Councilwoman Lorena Gonzalez secretly texted one of her consultants: “We need to get rid of this albatross and then quietly work to figure out what takes its place.”
I’m fighting for a city council that puts people above partisanship. I’m fighting for a city where blue-collar workers don’t have to worry about a tax on jobs. And I’m fighting for a city where everyone has a voice, not just the activist class.