2014 Candidate Ratings Now Available!

Over the past four weeks, the Municipal League conducted its annual review of the candidates running for local elected office. Fifty volunteers devoted more than 1,000 hours to the non-partisan process. To determine candidate ratings, the volunteers reviewed candidate questionnaires, studied the public record, spoke with references, and conducted interviews with candidates. Committee members then rated each candidate on four criteria: involvement, character, effectiveness and knowledge.

A full listing of our candidate ratings can be found here.

If you would like to receive a printed copy, please contact the office at 206.622.8333.

A HUGE thank you to our 2014 CEC Volunteers, and the following venues for hosting our committees:

Antioch University Seattle – www.antiochseattle.edu
John Stanford Center for Excellencewww.seattleschools.org
Perkins Coiewww.perkinscoie.com/Seattle
Washington Society of CPAs – www.wscpa.org

What Makes Our Ratings Unique?

 The Municipal League of King County has spent over a century committed to promoting non-partisan, citizen driven, and governmental oversight. To support this, the league conducts an annual Candidate Evaluation Committee (CEC) process in which trained volunteers research, interview, and ultimately rate candidates for local office on the following non-partisan criteria: Knowledge, Effectiveness, Involvement, and Character. These evaluations are entirely driven by citizen volunteers and seek to:

  • Provide voters with unbiased, citizen driven information to inform electoral decision making.
  • Promote the continued practice of good and open government.
  • Improve the caliber of public officials.
  • Improve the quality of public policy.

The Municipal League’s Candidate Evaluation Ratings attempt to answer a fundamental question facing voters: How well might a candidate do the job? The ratings are unique because they do not consider a candidate’s political affiliations or standing on specific issues. Instead, they assess the candidate’s potential to be effective in office. The process is similar to a job interview – with a diverse group of citizens serving as hiring managers. The result has been called a “Better Business Bureau” for voters.

 

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