Jon Grant at a campaign event earlier this year. nate gowdy
In an attempt to revive a controversy that first surfaced earlier this month, Seattle City Council candidate Sara Nelson called a press conference today to slam her opponent Jon Grant over his tenure at the Tenants Union of Washington State.
Ballots for the primary election are due in six days.
Standing in the lobby of City Hall, Nelson used publicly available documents from a civil rights case involving the TU to paint Grant as untrustworthy, emphasizing that her opponent has touted his work at the organization as qualifying experience for a city council seat. "Seattle voters deserve to make an informed decision that's not based on empty claims," Nelson said. But Nelson also made claims about Grant and his time at the TU, some founded and some without definitive evidence.
For instance, Nelson claimed the TU "fired" Grant and, "in a brazen, coercive, and unfair move," he asked staffers for campaign contributions during a 2015 staff meeting. In recent weeks, The Stranger has not been able to verify either of those assertions. Former board members, who have signed non-disclosure agreements, would not comment on whether the organization fired Grant or he left voluntarily. Grant denies asking for campaign contributions during a staff meeting and says he left the organization on his own accord. Nelson said today she has not spoken to the former employees or board members referenced in the documents but "it is a conclusion I stand by."
The Fremont Brewing co-owner, who has been endorsed by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Seattle Times, trails Grant and another candidate in the race, Teresa Mosqueda, in fundraising. Grant says Nelson's claims are a political stunt.
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