Hasegawa—whose legislative district includes Sodo, Georgetown, and South Park—is a former UPS driver and union official and the son of Japanese-American parents who were incarcerated during World War II, according to his campaign.
In a statement, the campaign said he believes his experience "makes him the strongest candidate to stand toe-to-toe against an increasingly hostile federal government." Hasegawa will make a municipal bank "the lynchpin for his economic justice agenda."
Known as a nonconformist Democrat, Hasegawa has pushed for a state bank and complained about Sound Transit. In 2013, he was one of only two state senators who voted against $8.7 billion in tax breaks for Boeing. Last year, he was a delegate for Bernie Sanders. During the Democratic National Convention, Hasegawa wrote that he was witnessing “the most significant shift to the right of our Democratic Party since the 1990s," the Seattle Times reported.
The South Seattle Emerald first reported on Hasegawa's campaign this afternoon. He plans to speak at Wells Fargo Center tomorrow at 11 am, joined by supporters.