Gina, Washington

“It feels like I’m more a part of the system. People like me can contribute in ways that we never have before. We can participate in ways that Big Money always has.”

Gina Owens, a longtime voter and low-income resident, contributed to a political campaign for the first time using Seattle’s innovative democracy voucher program.

Participating in a more inclusive local democracy
Gina Owens is a born-and-raised Seattleite, public housing resident, activist, volunteer, grandmother, and committed voter. She is raising her grandchildren after her only daughter passed away from health complications. The decisions of those in office greatly impact her life, and while she is engaged in her community and advocates for policy changes that work for everyday people like herself, her income has always created a barrier for her to contribute to the candidates she supported. That is, until Seattle created its innovative democracy voucher program.

Using her democracy vouchers, Gina contributed to a political campaign for the first time. She said, “It feels like I more a part of the system. People like me can contribute in ways that we never have before. We can participate in ways that Big Money always has.”

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