Seattle: Small business owner, non-profit director and civic leader, Heidi Wills is launching her campaign for Seattle City Council District 6.
Heidi brings decades of experience working on local issues from sustainability and transportation to education and youth development. Heidi and her husband have raised their family in District 6 since 2003, and have grown a local small business that now employs over 45 people working in Seattle. She is running as a community advocate who brings unique perspective needed on the city council:
“I’m running because I believe we all deserve a strong voice in our city’s future. Too many decisions at City Hall are made from the top-down, leaving many of us feeling discouraged by the sense that our city is off track and unresponsive to our needs.
I believe that in order to take on our toughest challenges – from homelessness, to traffic and transportation and housing affordability – we must come together to find constructive solutions. I am committed to being a responsive and effective leader for our district. As a mom, I feel a deep responsibility to ensure a stable future for our children, as a small business owner, I understand the needs of local business owners and entrepreneurs and I have the experience to hit the ground running on day one.”
Heidi believes everyone deserves a strong voice at City Hall. That’s why she is participating in the Democracy Vouchers program, as well as a launching a district-wide community tour to talk to and share ideas with residents, businesses and organizations in District 6.
“I look forward to talking with my fellow District 6 residents about the challenges facing our community and how we can work together to find solutions that provide a better future for our kids, real leadership on addressing our homelessness crisis and a welcoming and inclusive city for people of all backgrounds.”
Experience and background
Heidi has decades of experience working on local issues in Seattle. She served on the city council from 2000-2003, where she chaired Energy Committee overseeing Seattle City Light during a turbulent time in the energy industry, spearheaded expanding rate assistance to those who need it most, and led the charge in making investments in renewable energy. She was also Vice Chair of the Housing, Human Services, Education and Civil Rights Committee and a member of the Transportation Committee.
“The issues prompting me to run 20 years ago are still pressing today: we are in dire need of more affordable housing, better mobility and more transportation choices, and a focus on basic services like infrastructure improvements, public safety, and keeping our parks clean because this is the role of local government. The difference is that there are 100,000 more people in Seattle now than there were 20 years ago, and the challenge of housing and homelessness has become even more severe.”
Heidi served as the Executive Director of The First Tee of Greater Seattle from 2005-2018, a youth development nonprofit that received Seattle Business Magazine’s “Community Impact Award” in 2015, named one of the “Top 3 Youth Development Charities” in Washington State.
She is a board member of Washington’s Sierra Club chapter and has previously served on the boards of Climate Solutions, Conservation NW, Seattle Seafair and Transportation Choices Coalition.
Heidi and her husband are small business owners of Compendium, Inc, a gift products company which received the Mayor’s Award and was named “Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business of Washington State” for its commitment to social responsibility.
Heidi is endorsed by over 100 Seattle residents and voters, including Hilary Franz, Washington Commissioner of Public Lands, Rep. Javier Valdez (WA-46), Seattle Port Commissioner Peter Steinbrueck, King County Assessor John Wilson, Former Governor Gary Locke, Former Seattle Mayor Charles Royer and Former City Councilmember Judy Nicastro, among many others.
“I’ve known Heidi since 2009 when we served on Conservation Northwest’s board together. Heidi has the know-how to bring diverse perspectives to the table and find workable solutions. We need this now more than ever in Seattle. She is a passionate environmentalist, a progressive, and a longtime advocate for a cause close to my heart: creating equitable and healthy communities. Her commitment to public service and civic engagement runs deep, and I strongly support Heidi for Seattle City Council!” –Hilary Franz, Washington Commissioner of Public Lands
“I’m supporting Heidi because, like me, she’s a small business owner and she knows how local government works. She’ll hit the ground running to prioritize what District 6 wants: basic services, public safety, economic development, and environmental stewardship.” – Sara Nelson, Owner, Fremont Brewing Company
“Heidi is an effective and inspirational leader who has made a real difference in the lives of a countless number of kids. As a First Tee board member, I have watched Heidi grow the program from a small group on Beacon Hill to one that is county-wide. I’ve watched her firsthand building coalitions and partnerships to improve the lives of students throughout King County. I truly hope people in District 6 will join me and strongly support Heidi Wills for City Council.” – Ammon McWashington, Board Member, The First Tee of Greater Seattle and Former Executive Director of School Services for Seattle Public Schools