Primary in Washington: Tightening on the Seattle and King County Races | July 21-27, 2021

The newspapers have gotten their approval, the ballots have hit the mailboxes and very soon campaign signs will start to lose some diversity. The local primaries are here, and a lot is happening: the King County executive race sees its first well-funded challenger in 12 years; two municipal council seats are up for grabs; the mayor of Seattle is quitting and the city attorney is being challenged from both the left and the right.

Since July 15, the ballot boxes have been open. On August 3, voters will win overcrowded races like the open mayor’s seat, which drew 15 candidates. There are plenty of names to choose from across the races, so let’s start with the non-partisan executive positions: King County Executive and Seattle Mayor, both elected every four years. Next week we will finish our primer by covering the judicial and legislative elections.

King County Executive

The executive holds the highest rank in King County government, meaning whoever is elected will lead the nation’s 12th largest county and oversee an annual budget of more than $ 6 billion. Dow Constantine has held the post with few challenges since he first ran for office and won the post in 2009. State Senator Joe Nguyen grabbed the headlines when he announced his campaign. against the outgoing president. The race also attracted two perennial candidates – both of whom ran against Gov. Jay Inslee in the last gubernatorial race – and a newcomer.

Dow Constantine

Constantine was the King County executive for 12 years. Despite a stated commitment to phase out the juvenile prison by 2025, Constantine has come under fire for authorizing the construction of a new facility. With leadership he calls “progressive” in his candidate statement, Constantine emphasizes taking bold action on homelessness, improving public safety and tackling climate change.

Johnathan crines

After studying political economy and history at the College of Idaho for the past four years, Crines says, “What we need is systematic change. New to politics, Crines did not get much media coverage. According to his candidate statement, he is a security guard.

Space man

A permanent candidate in Washington, Goodspaceguy filed his candidacy under the Trump Republican Party and was among the more than 30 candidates for Inslee in 2020. In his declaration as a candidate for the King County executive race, he called for the abolition minimum wage, “reject the command economy of stagnant socialism” and “embrace the free market economy of capitalist consumerism”.

Bill hirt

Hirt, a retired Boeing engineer, was another challenger for the governorship in the 2020 election. According to Hirt, he ran for office nine times, with no expectation of victory, but rather to raise awareness. various problems. In his candidate statement, Hirt spoke out against Northgate LRT, critical racing theory and attempts to reduce CO2 emissions.

Joe nguyen

State Senator Nguyen, program director at Microsoft, currently represents the 34th Legislative District, which includes the White Center, where he grew up. He is determined to bring something new to his post, he said in his candidate statement, “after 12 years of current leadership without having successfully addressed our biggest issues like homelessness.”

mayor of seattle

Single-term mayor Jenny Durkan announced in December that she would not stand for re-election, after months of controversial calls from her leadership over police and economic blows from COVID-19. The announcement prompted many local names and newcomers to participate in the race. As sought-after as the position is, Seattle has a checkered past when it comes to keeping a mayor in office: the city has had six mayors in two decades, with only one being elected twice. The mayor of Seattle is responsible for enforcing laws and ordinances, leading municipal agencies, and keeping the peace.

Clinton bliss

Bliss is a family doctor whose campaign focuses on meeting the basic needs of homeless people and solving problems in contracts with the police union. Bliss does not accept financial contributions to his campaign because he believes in campaign finance reform.

Henry C. Dennison

Under the leadership of the Socialist Workers Party, Dennison views his education as “a life in working class struggles in various unions and industries.” Dennison had previously run for governor in 2020 and Seattle City Council District 2 in 2019.

James donaldson

After starting his professional athletic career with the SuperSonics, Donaldson now runs a non-profit organization that helps at-risk youth with mental health issues. Donaldson wants to restore confidence in the police, not repay them. His statement also mentions a plan to provide mental health and addiction services to Seattle residents who are not housed.

Colleen Echohawk

As executive director of the Chief Seattle Club, Echohawk said in her candidacy statement that she had spent the past seven years “fighting for our indigenous homeless community.” In the race for mayor, his priorities are affordable housing, homelessness and police accountability. If elected, she would be Seattle’s first Indigenous mayor.

Jessyn farrell

State representative for the 46th arrondissement from 2013 to 2017, Farrell wants to “set a new standard” of success for cities by making housing more affordable and by implementing universal childcare services for all, from birth to birth. five years.

Lorena González

If elected mayor, current Seattle City Council President González will hope to build on what she calls a “progressive record” – she’s endorsed by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, after all. According to his campaign website, González is focusing on tackling homelessness and the city’s economic recovery after COVID-19. She would be Seattle’s first Latina mayor.

Bruce harrell

When Mayor Ed Murray resigned in 2017, Harrell, then president of Seattle City Council, stepped in for three days. If elected, Harrell’s top priority will be to tackle homelessness by devoting a minimum of $ 140 million in federal relief funds to immediate housing and one-on-one services.

Andrew Grant Houston

Houston, also known as Ace, is a queer, black, and Latino architect who has had enough of the mayor’s office inaction. He self-identified as a housing activist and conservationist. Its website is chock-full of progressive plans to raise the minimum wage to $ 23 by 2025, implement rent stabilization, and fund the police.

Arthur K. Langlie

Langlie, executive vice president of Holmes Electric, described himself as a political and centrist independent in his candidate statement. He plans to treat the homelessness crisis as an emergency and build better police-community relations.

Stan lippmann

A permanent Washington candidate, Lippman is a physicist who believes Seattle may soon become the most progressive city on the planet. His candidate statement suggests building 2,000 Space Needles to create 288,000 affordable housing units.

Lance Randall

Randall describes his platform as “an investment in our people, our culture and our future”. He has 30 years of experience as a political scientist and development specialist, and was a director of SouthEast Effective Development (SEED) Seattle. His focus is on housing for the homeless, economic recovery, public safety and climate change.

Don L. Rivers

Formerly director of the Seattle Police Department’s African American Community Advisory Council, the issues that matter most to Rivers are education, economic development and criminal justice. Former King County Manager Ron Sims credits Rivers’ work for saving King County taxpayers $ 2.5 million each year in crime prevention, according to the Rivers website.

Casey sixkiller

Sixkiller, a longtime government member and lobbyist, is currently the deputy mayor of Durkan’s office. He was Durkan’s go-to roaming man, according to the Seattle Times. His website features his plan to pilot what he calls “the country’s largest guaranteed basic income program.” Sixkiller would be the first Indigenous mayor if elected.

Bobby tucker

Tucker’s website says he was once homeless and loves God, poetry, and peace. His candidate statement emphasizes housing the homeless and building confidence through education. He calls himself a leader who cares. The link on his candidate statement leads to a website where you can purchase his book.

Omari Tahir Garrett

According to his candidate’s statement, Tahir-Garrett presents himself as “spokesperson for the Anti-Apartheid / Reparations-Now movement”. He called for repairs in Africatown, Seattle’s historically black central neighborhood, and specific police reforms.

Registration to vote for mail-in ballots closes July 26. Voters can register for the in-person vote until Tuesday, August 3. The results will be posted on August 3 at 8:15 p.m.

Hannah Krieg studied journalism at the University of Washington. She is particularly interested in covering politics, social issues and anything else that gives her an excuse to speak with activists.

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