ABOUT

 

Greg Hamilton

 

 

Small business owner, veteran, lifelong Seattleite.

Vision, capability, courage, will.

These are the characteristics required to lead us into a better future.

Upbringing

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My Seattle roots run deep. I was born at Group Health Cooperative in downtown Seattle, and I was raised in a 900-square-foot house in West Seattle where I attended school at EC Hughes and Our lady of Guadalupe.

My father worked at the Rainier Brewery and was a flight instructor with Galvins at Boeing Field. My mother retired from Group Health. My Grandfather and his uncles worked at Crowley Marine, the Seattle Police Department, and Boeing.

Business Experience

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As a small business owner, my first enterprise — InSights Training Center — was established 25 years ago and today is one of the nation’s largest private providers of responsible self-defense training. My newest venture, Freyr Farms, is an extension of my interest in sustainable agriculture at the local level. Through Freyr Farms I raise threatened Heritage breed animals in a natural environment. I also keep backyard chickens, a vegetable garden and am an apprentice beekeeper. I’m a volunteer Master Gardener and Livestock Advisor for Washington State University and I teach others the enjoyment of raising and growing food for themselves and their families.

Military Service

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I served for nearly two decades as Green Beret and Army Ranger. The mottos of those elite units –“Sua Sponte” and “De Oppresso Liber” — mean “of their own accord” (volunteers) and “to liberate the oppressed”; both of which define my personality and life’s mission. And those leadership attributes and hard-won experiences are unique in the field of candidates seeking positions of Seattle leadership.

Personal Life

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My hobbies are mountaineering and scuba diving, and I take full advantage of Seattle’s world-class, amazingly-diverse environment. My fiancé Madison, is also a Seattle native. She’s a nursing student who plays in the Cascade Symphony Orchestra and is a long-time volunteer scuba diver at the Seattle Aquarium. She shares my passion for beekeeping, gardening and raising animals.

Vision

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I’m a pragmatic, results-oriented person, and my mission is to Save Seattle; to restore and enhance safety and prosperity for all Seattle taxpayers. I believe our city’s culture is under threat, and that the path forward must be based on all citizens having and voicing their visions of our shared future. Seattle cannot move forward unless the influence of powerful special interests is reduced, and its leaders renounce corrosive identity politics. Seattle government must restore faith in its ability to efficiently match finite resources with clearly-defined, prioritized programs. Seattle was known for its beauty, the quality of life enjoyed by all of its residents and the flourishing of its commercial enterprises be they corporate, family or individually-owned.

Today, that is no longer the case. But it can be again. I have the vision, discipline, and unmatched experience needed to lead Seattle into the future built on its unique attributes: our superb natural environment, our history of inclusiveness and innovation and the talent and spirit of our citizens.

I look forward to leading this city to a new and better future.

Greg Hamilton