Green Agenda Propels E-Bike-Riding 36th District State House Candidate

36th District candidate Julia Reed
Image via Julia Reed campaign website.

by Leo Brine

Earlier this year, after Seattle state Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-36) announced he wouldn’t seek re-election to his northwest Seattle seat and Rep. Noel Frame (D-36) announced she’d run for the promotion, the musical chairs led first-time candidate Julia Reed, the chair of the 36th District Executive Board, to throw her bike helmet in the ring.

Reed only has one opponent so far—longtime 36th District Board Member and current political director Jeff Manson. Reed filled us in on her priorities over the phone after biking from her job as a consulting manager for Kinetic West in Pioneer Square to her Lower Queen Anne condo. Reed said she uses her electric bike to commute to and from work when the weather permits. The electric motor is “a little bit of a cheat,” she said, but it’s “essential” for getting around hilly Seattle.

Reed, who worked in Obama’s State Department in the office of the special envoy for Middle East peace and as a policy advisor to former mayor Durkan, is running on a green urbanist platform. Reed wants to advance climate legislation to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, fund affordable housing, and change the state’s car-centric transportation infrastructure.

“I think electric bikes are an amazing mobility tool and I wish they were in reach for more people,” she said. (Josh agrees.) “Where are the electric bike subsidies?” in the legislature’s transportation package, she asks.

Reed is biracial—her father is Black, and her mother is white—and said she knows from experience riding a bike is different for Black and brown people than it is for white people. “Biking has a bad rap as something that rich white guys in spandex do,” Reed said. She wants to help change that and diversify the biking community by making it more affordable for people of color, who are typically in the state’s lowest income brackets.

Reed, whose campaign has raised $64,000 in four weeks from more than 400 donors, said she wants to “make [the] future accessible to people of color and low-income people.” Those communities, Reed said, feel the most immediate impacts of climate change, especially during hot summers when there’s limited or no access to air conditioning, and in the winter, when people have to balance heat and utility bills and holiday spending.

In addition to getting more people on bikes, Reed wants the state to help cities and jurisdictions retrofit commercial buildings to make them hospitable during Washington’s extreme weather seasons, like adding air filtration and air conditioning to public buildings so people can use them as smoke shelters and cooling centers during the state’s wildfire season and record-breaking hot summers. Reed said cities should also retrofit their apartment buildings, condos and homes.

To address Washington’s affordable housing crisis, Reed said every part of the state “needs to think seriously about how they’re going to be a part of the collective solution to housing.” Toeing the YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard) line, she says the best way to create and provide enough housing is by having the state and the private sector work together to increase the overall housing supply while also putting renter protections in place and creating “social housing”—a term that includes various kinds of affordable housing, including public housing and housing owned and operated by nonprofits.

2 thoughts on “Green Agenda Propels E-Bike-Riding 36th District State House Candidate”

  1. Leo: more than a long time EB member, Jeff Manson served more terms as district chair than Julia Reed has served months as chair. Both are good candidates.

  2. LEO:

    As it becomes obvious to even stupid people that your Progressive policies are the policies of failure, you are going to back-away from them just like all the other Lib-Tards aren’t you? I watched as Joe Biden backed away from his support for defunding police and claimed to favor border security…what a disgusting P.O.S. You are next. But don’t worry LEO, I will be here to remind you of your previous support for failure. In one of my previous posts, I already proved that Noel Frame is an idiot. But your support for her is excellent, because I will be sure to throw it in your face later. A few examples: 1. Every company out there is busting their butts to create diverse teams. If a BIPOC does not have heating and air conditioning it has nothing to do with their skin color. Noel is a race-baiter with her claim that HVAC is racist. 2. Noel says “every part of the state” needs to go YIMBY. Well I guarantee you the people of central WA have no use for her Progressive failure and ruin. The Lib-Tards want to co-opt every corner of the country so there will be no place for the productive people to maximize the value of their efforts. Then Noel’s supporters get more free stuff, which is the whole idea. 3. Increasing housing density will not have the effect that you idiots think it will. Many others have attempted to inform you in this very forum but you lack the ability to learn anything new. What do you know about the real estate market? Nothing of course. Try listening to the Seattle Real Estate Podcast or pick your own references if you want to learn something about real estate (you don’t). OK then, stay in your little bubble and pretend like increasing density will solve your housing problems. 4. If Noel needs to lose a few pounds, then she should get a real bike.

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