Lorena González is president of the Seattle City Council. In her arms is Nadia Luciana, her three-month-old.
Lorena González is president of the Seattle City Council. In her arms is Nadia Luciana, born in January. Courtesy of Lorena González

Good morning. It's Friday, April 24, and a month into stay-at-home, we wanted to hear from one of the city's political leaders.

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Lorena González is the president of the Seattle City Council. She's also the mother of a newborn. She cut short her maternity leave by two weeks because of the coronavirus crisis.

"When I think about the period of time that we're going through, it's hard for me to imagine that on January 10, just three short months ago, I was—along with my husband, Cameron—welcoming the arrival of our very healthy baby girl, Nadia Luciana. And now we are living in a very different world."

"When González was elected to the Seattle City Council in 2015, she became the first Latina lawmaker in Seattle history," as Lester Black has noted. "She was raised in the lower Yakima Valley, first came to the 'magical, mythical city' of Seattle on a fifth-grade field trip, and holds an undergraduate degree from Washington State University and a law degree from Seattle University."

González said in July 2019: "There's thousands and thousands of working moms in this city and I think that it's going to be really refreshing to them to know that there are going to be two elected officials who are going through that process," referring to fellow council member Teresa Mosqueda, who was also about to go on maternity leave.

Of course, there's no way González could have predicted to be going through the process of having a baby while going through the process of responding to a pandemic.

Lorena González is president of the Seattle City Council.
Lorena González at work in 2019. Seattle City Council Official Flickr Photostream

Thank you, Lorena, for this glimpse into the life of a city council president who also happens to be a mom.

Thank you for returning to work early to attend to matters that affect all of us, and doing it with a baby on your hip, and making it look easy.

Nice to meet you, Nadia Luciana.

Happy weekend, everyone.


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Previously in this series:


David Ritts message to the city on April 22.
David Ritt's message to the city on April 22.

Sara Porkalobs message to the city on April 21.
Sara Porkalob's message to the city on April 21.

Julia Sweeneys message to the city on April 20.
Julia Sweeney's message to the city on April 20.

Linda Derschangs message to the city on April 19.
Linda Derschang's message to the city on April 19.

Molly Sidess message to the city on April 18.
Molly Sides's message to the city on April 18.

Nick Garrisons message to the city on April 17.
Nick Garrison's message to the city on April 17.

Tomo Nakayamas message to the city on April 16.
Tomo Nakayama's message to the city on April 16.

Rebecca M. Daviss message to the city April 15.
Rebecca M. Davis's message to the city April 15.

Heather McHughs message to the city on April 14.
Heather McHugh's message to the city on April 14.

Brandon ONeills message to the city on April 13.
Brandon O'Neill's message to the city on April 13.

Kate Wallichs message to the city on April 12.
Kate Wallich's message to the city on April 12.

Rebecca Browns message to the city on April 11.
Rebecca Brown's message to the city on April 11.

Lucien Postlewaites message to the city on April 10.
Lucien Postlewaite's message to the city on April 10.

Betty Wetters message to the city on April 9.
Betty Wetter's message to the city on April 9.

Amanda Morgans message to the city on April 8.
Amanda Morgan's message to the city on April 8.

Nancy Guppys message to the city on April 7.
Nancy Guppy's message to the city on April 7.

Jonathan Bisss message to the city on April 6.
Jonathan Biss's message to the city on April 6.

Chris Jeffriess message to the city on April 5.
Chris Jeffries's message to the city on April 5.

Lesley Hazletons message to the city on April 4.
Lesley Hazleton's message to the city on April 4.

John Rodericks message to the city on April 3.
John Roderick's message to the city on April 3.

Bill Cartys message to the city on April 2.
Bill Carty's message to the city on April 2.

Price Suddarths message to the city on April 1.
Price Suddarth's message to the city on April 1.

Kary Waysons message to the city on March 31.
Kary Wayson's message to the city on March 31.

Ellen Forneys message to the city on March 30.
Ellen Forney's message to the city on March 30.

Major Scaless message to the city on March 29.
Major Scales's message to the city on March 29.

E. J. Kohs message to the city on March 28.
E. J. Koh's message to the city on March 28.

Ken Jenningss message to the city on March 27.
Ken Jennings's message to the city on March 27.

Demarre McGills message to the city on March 26.
Demarre McGill's message to the city on March 26.

Lynn Sheltons Message to the City on March 25th.
Lynn Shelton's Message to the City on March 25th.

Timothy White Eagles message to the city on March 24.
Timothy White Eagle's message to the city on March 24.

Cookie Coutures message to the city on March 23.
Cookie Couture's message to the city on March 23.

Sarah Rudinoffs message to the city on March 22.
Sarah Rudinoff's message to the city on March 22.

John Osebolds message to the city on March 21.
John Osebold's message to the city on March 21.


Ben Gibbards message to the city on March 21.
Ben Gibbard's message to the city on March 20.

Nathan Chans message to the city on March 19.
Nathan Chan's message to the city on March 19.

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