Community activist and Kent resident Awale Farah on Thursday, Feb. 28 announced his campaign for Kent City Council.

“As a longtime community member, husband, father, professional, businessperson, and activist I see how local public service can improve the lives of working people in Kent,” Awale said.

Awale adds:

“Our neighbors struggle with everyday issues like finding good jobs, getting around town, and paying to keep a roof over their heads. I will fight for increased access to public transit, for affordable housing in every corner of our city, and more well-paid jobs for our families. Being an Engineer and leadership positions I have held, I have the skills to bring people together towards common goals and a problem-solving mindset.”

Awale has been a strong voice for the residents of Kent for many years, providing mentorship to local youth. He is an active volunteer at the Living Well Kent greenhouse and the Kent Farmer’s Market. He has a passion for exploring issues around food security and access to healthy foods in Kent.

Zak Idan, Tukwila City Council member, praised Awale’s announcement.

“Awale is a great asset to the community, and I am very happy for his decision to pursue public office,” Idan said.

Dennis Higgins, Kent City Council member, said:

“Awale has been a Kent resident for many years, all of his kids graduated from Kent School District. Both of our girls went to the same kindergarten (Martin Sortun Elementary). I fully endorse him for City Council.”

Awale holds a degree in Computer Science from City University of Seattle and is currently pursuing a master degree in Innovative Leadership from Saybrook University.

He lives in Kent’s East Hill neighborhood with his wife, Shamso, and four children.