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Kirsten Harris-Talley on her short, but impactful, stint at City Hall
Council Conversations with Kirsten Harris-Talley

Activist Kirsten Harris-Talley jumped aboard a moving train when she was appointed to temporarily fill an at-large seat on the Seattle City Council, which Tim Burgess left to become interim mayor. Before taking office, Harris-Tally rallied at City Hall against a new North Precinct police station and King County youth jail. She talks about her career in community advocacy, the shift from activist to legislator and her role in shaping the city budget, which included the narrow defeat of a business "head tax" she supported to help fight Seattle's homelessness crisis. She joins host Josephine Cheng to reflect on her short, but impactful, 51-day stint at City Hall and to consider what's next.


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