I’m your new City Councilmember, Maritza Rivera, and I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the voters in the D4 who have trusted me to represent them at City Hall. I am thrilled to get to work on behalf of every resident and business in the District. On Tuesday, January 2nd, I took my oath of office in front of a packed council chamber, filled with people excited by the historic change taking place on the Seattle City Council. As I was sworn in, I felt so humbled and privileged by this opportunity to represent my D4 community and the city of Seattle. I’m also incredibly excited and energized!
Public safety is my number one priority. While I was campaigning in the District, I learned that it’s a priority for the D4 residents as well. I will work to reduce 911 response times, get enough officers on the streets to keep our children and all citizens safe, and create effective public safety alternatives – because we know that every situation does not require a uniformed officer.
I am also committed to bringing both accountability and civility back to City Hall. Our city programs should be consistently delivering their intended results, with robust systems in place to measure progress and outcomes. If programs don’t deliver then we must act and make the necessary changes to meet the goals.
I will always be ready to listen to – and work with – everyone to restore Seattle to the safe, welcoming, and more affordable city that I moved to more than twenty years ago.
I’m looking forward to working with our neighborhoods and residents to make District 4, and our beautiful city, the best it can be.
The Council’s first priority is to fill the vacancy created by Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda’s election to the King County Council. Regular committee meetings will resume in February.
You can contact me and my team at Maritza.Rivera@seattle.gov or call 206-684-8804. We hope you are looking forward to receiving our office’s first monthly newsletter in February.
Councilmember Maritza Rivera
Seattle City Council // District 4