Northwest leaders are standing up for the region’s values. Here are the editorial board's favorites.
This past year has had its trials for our region, to be sure. President Donald Trump has implemented policies that are anathema to our community and region’s values, not the least of which was his Federal Communications Commission gutting net neutrality.
But there is much to be grateful for, including individuals who have stood up for those important values of freedom, tolerance and equality.
The Seattle Times editorial board brainstormed a list of meritorious contributors and checked it twice. We commend these individuals, their achievements, actions or leadership for your appreciation.
Front row, from left: Mimi Siegel, who for 40 years has led the Kindering center as it has become the go-to for families with children challenged by developmental disabilities; advocate Jorge L. Barón, who has led the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project since 2008 and whose leadership has never been more important; Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who has led a conversation about police treatment of African Americans, on and off the field; Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who has sued the Trump administration a number of times to beat back its overreach; new King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht, who defeated incumbent Sheriff John Urquhart, bedeviled by allegations of sexual harassment; outgoing Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, who oversaw far-reaching department reforms; University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce, who stood up for free speech when a conservative speaker came to campus;
Back row, from left: Isaiah Thomas, the Curtis High School standout who now plays with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, and contributed $80,000 and raised another $20,000 to build a new gym at the Al Davies Boys & Girls Club in Tacoma; Dr. Michael C. Jensen, founding director of the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, for dramatic advances in treating childhood cancer; Yasmin “Yaz” Farooq, the UW Huskies’ new women’s rowing coach, who helped settle the program’s waters and led the team to an NCAA championship in her first year; state Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, for leading a bipartisan charge to enact a paid parental-leave law; John Stanton, the majority owner of the Mariners, who remains committed to the goal of the team winning a World Series; Brandi Carlile, the Ravensdale native who became a Grammy-nominated folk-rock singer and songwriter, for “Cover Stories,” an all-star tribute collection of covers of Carlile’s breakthrough album “The Story,” to raise money for children of war.