Candidate David Toledo Releases The Greatest Campaign Commercial Ever

David Toledo Seattle City Council Cartoon
Screen Shot from the David Toledo for City Council Cartoon. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVMUAhtkzb8

February 11, 2015 The campaign commercial announcing that David Toledo has joined the race for City Council is possibly the most creative and fun piece of campaigning we’ve ever seen.  The 1-minute throwback gives a nod to the batmanesque style of the 1960’s with a video that shows how a little creativity and a sense of humor can make even politics fun.

But don’t think of Toledo as all flash and no substance; it only takes a Google search or a visit to the www.WeVoteToledo.com website to see that Toledo has the small business, community advocacy, and public policy experience to make him a serious contender for the seat.

Toledo is joining an already crowded race in District 5, but Toledo does have the advantage of being the only candidate with a 40-year history of actually living in North Seattle.

David Toledo’s website gives a chronological account of his family’s community involvement during those 40-years, including his mother’s establishment of soup kitchens and a self-funded food bank to help North Seattle neighbors during the economic crisis of the late 70’s.   Also David’s founding of Unified Outreach in 1998, a charity which for the past 17 years has provided services to elder care centers, homeless shelters, and a variety of youth arts programs aimed at helping low income and at-risk youth.

In addition to his altruistic endeavors, Toledo works in the field of Low Income Public Housing as a member of OPEIU 8.  He recently had an article published on affordable housing in Seattle that you can see at https://kingcountynews.org/2015/02/05/the-affordable-housing-conversation-everyone-can-understand/

On the issues Toledo says “I love this district and all that it represents.  I want to see North Seattle thriving with job growth up and the crime rate down.  I want new businesses to open and flourish; able to provide much needed services without being strangled by unnecessary regulations.  I want local residents to have a shot at good jobs close to their homes by providing incentives for local hiring.  I want a transit system that meets the needs of commuters by examining alternative funding sources.  I want parks and lakes that are clean and whose waters are safe for swimming. I want our clean and swimmable Green Lake back!  We need an educational system that respects parents and that encourages our children to succeed.  And we must protect our most vulnerable by strengthening social service programs for veterans, seniors, and special-needs communities; and by ensuring affordable housing in our area.”

Other candidates for the position include Low Income Housing Institute recruiter Mercedes Elizalde, Planned Parenthood field organizer Halei Watkins, gun control activist Sanford Brown, and Mian Rice (the son of previous City Council Member/Ex-Mayor Norm Rice).

See the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVMUAhtkzb8

David Toledo Seattle City Council District 5

 

Seattle’s Dancing Dad is Artistic Dynamo!

Dance Point

October 2014 Seattle, WA – Recently a new Facebook challenge has caught fire, the “Daddy Daughter Dance Challenge” posted by David Toledo a few weeks ago has already received over 125K views and seems to be everywhere.  (see the video here: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152736162737440&set=vb.683457439&type=2&theater

Daddy Daughter Challenge

In the video David Toledo and his 7-year old daughter Kiki match dance moves in an attempt to one-up each other and win the dance challenge.

The video is a great example of the love shared between a father and daughter and reminds us all to make time to do fun things with our kids, and as David’s Facebook post says, “Make memories with your children.”

David Toledo is from Seattle, Washington and was raised in North Seattle.  Due to Seattle Public School’s busing program of the 1980’s David attended Garfield High School in Seattle’s Central District his freshman-Junior year ~ to which David says was a blessing as it allowed him to grow artistically in such a arts-rich environment which was also home to Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix, and most recently Macklemore.

“I loved my time at Garfield.  I made some life-long friends and really grew as a person.  It was while at Garfield that I was introduced to the hip hop culture and most notably for me, the hip hop style of letter and character design.  I returned to the north end my senior year and graduated from Ingraham High School, but I am so thankful that I was able to attend Garfield for those crucial years.” David said.

The style of lettering and character design has played a large part in David’s adult life as he has become well known for his cartoon animation and comic book design classes.  A published artist, writer, and director, David splits his time between his professional career and volunteer services working with low income and at-risk youth through the Unified Outreach youth arts program. (www.UnifiedOutreach.com)

“My mother was a great example of a giving heart.  She actually started a food bank and emergency services hub from our home in North Seattle back in the early 1980’s.  She would prepare and deliver care packages, volunteer at soup kitchens, take in families that needed temporary housing…. She poured her heart into our neighborhood.  She showed us that love is an action word.”

Mom Closes 2   David’s mother (Alice) food bank article 1984.

“I try to live up to that.  God has blessed me with some artistic ability, and I try to use that to the best of my ability to inspire kids.  I came from a single mother household so I know some of the struggles they are going through.  Drawing, painting, music, acting… all of these things help to break down barriers and build self esteem that is so crucial in healthy emotional development.”

David Toledo and Daughter Laughing  David and daughter (Kiki)

David says that he and his daughter have been dancing together (and against each other) for years and that it was actually his daughter’s idea to post the video which is actually a few years old.  When they came across it on an old computer disc they thought it was so funny that they just had to post it.   They never expected that the video would go viral.

“We’re glad that it has touched so many people.  The feedback has been so positive and it’s wonderful to see how it has inspired others to get a little silly with their kids.  The window for making lasting memories is so short, we have to cherish that time with our children.”

Article by Bubi Dumas 11/4/14

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