Mac “Scotty” McGregor – former women’s world martial arts champion, Seattle city commissioner and LGBTQ activist – will announce his candidacy for Seattle City Council Monday February 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park.
If successful in his bid as member at-large, McGregor will be the first transgender person to hold a seat on the Seattle City Council. However, he says, his desire to run for City Council is not about who he is, but how his life experiences have given him a better understanding of the importance of advocating for the marginalized populations in our community.
“As someone who lived 42 years as a top female athlete and small business owner, and then transitioned, I have a unique perspective,” McGregor said. “I love Seattle and I think we as a city set a standard for other cities to follow in many areas. But a city is only as strong as its most marginalized population. While we are progressive in many ways, we have some voices that are not being heard. We need to do all that we can to make our city the best for all of our citizens, as well as having more diverse voices in leadership.”
McGregor, who was appointed Seattle City Commissioner by Mayor Mike McGinn in 2011, and continued to serve in that position until last year, has played an active role in city politics, advising the Mayor and city council on issues that affect the LGBTQ community. He has also served on the Seattle Police Department LGBTQ Advisory Council and has been a guest speaker and diversity trainer for several government agencies, universities and organizations around the world.
After transitioning, McGregor became an activist, serving as an advocate for transgender and LGBTQ rights and has donated his time and talents to helping others who are struggling with gender identity issues. He has been involved with SOSea – Social Outreach Seattle – a non-profit that provides outreach to homeless LGBTQ youth – for several years, currently serving as the organization’s Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Outreach Director.
As a candidate, McGregor says he would like to see more attention focused on helping small businesses flourish in Seattle.
“We need a small business advocate on the council. As a former woman small business owner, I understand the issues owners face trying to thrive and survive,” McGregor said. “I will advocate for small business in Seattle, and I think my experience as a business owner and a trained arbitrator and referee through the Olympic Committee will help me work with people in the government and the greater Seattle community to make small business stronger.
McGregor said his campaign slogan, “Mac’s Got your Back,” embodies his personal goal of empowering others, regardless of race, gender, religion, age, or sexual orientation through education and equal rights.
“I want to use my experiences, talents, and skills to empower others, especially those who feel disenfranchised or marginalized,” McGregor said. “The transgender community is the most marginalized community. If we move transgender rights forward we move all marginalized communities’ rights forward. It would be an honor to serve in a position where I could encourage so many.”