Our 2021 Endorsements
Melissa Duque - Mill Creek City Council Position 6
Melissa grew up in Long Beach, California, and is the daughter of Colombian immigrants. She is running for city council is to ensure the city continues to be a community where people feel safe, where all have access to green spaces, and where businesses and residents flourish. Melissa believes a healthy and vibrant community depends upon the well-being of families. She is active in her community and is the current Chair of the Parks & Recreation Board. She is a project manager with a background in communication strategy and has spent over a decade working with nonprofits and foundations focused on vulnerable populations, women’s health, and health disparities. Melissa and her husband enjoy passing on their family traditions to their two young boys.
Cliff Cawthorn - Kent City Council, Pos. 4
Clifford “Cliff” Cawthon is an educator, organizer and freelance journalist who has been working across the region for the last several years and currently lives in Kent, with his fiancee, Monica. Cliff is currently a professor of Political Science at Bellevue College. He was participated in movement and advocacy work both in the U.S. and abroad, and in Washington his advocacy work has heavily focused on communities in South King County. He has worked on several local electoral campaigns and achieved historic local wins for Black candidates, expanding regional transit, defending tenant’s rights and on the “Fight for $15” campaign to raise the minimum wage. As a freelance journalist, he has published in local Seattle newspapers such as the South Seattle Emerald, the International Examiner and Real Change; he writes on housing policy, civil rights issues, politics, and popular culture. His work has received wide acclaim and he continues to write today. He received his Master of Arts degree in Human Rights and Political Science from the University of Manchester in the UK and he is looking forward to moving onto a PhD program within the near future.
Diana Perez for Vancouver City Council, District
Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Diana Perez is a first generation Mexican-American who has made the Pacific Northwest her home. Diana has a B.S. in Wildlife Management and a M.S. in Fisheries Science. She has also participated in the Executive Leadership Institute at Portland State University Hatfield School of Government and completed a graduate certificate from Cornell University in Executive Women in Leadership. With these experiences she works to give back to her community as a volunteer and civil rights advocate.
Diana is a founder of the Southwest WA League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council and helped form the Southwest WA Equity Coalition. She is also a Board Director for Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program and a Commissioner for WA State Parks and Recreation.
On City Council, Diana will use her experience, skills, education, and relationships to advocate for all the people in Vancouver. She will work tirelessly to improve quality of life and help tackle our complicated housing, transportation, and infrastructure challenges that come with growth and development. Diana will help address these challenges while being decisive and bold in creating a path to a genuinely healthier and more equitable future for everyone.