2015 General Election Voter Guide

About the Municipal League Ratings

The ratings are not endorsements. They assess each candidate’s potential to be effective in office and ability to serve the community.

  • Outstanding – Has made numerous outstanding contributions requiring skills related to the office, is a path-finding and respected leader, brings knowledge and creativity to issues facing the office.
  • Very Good – Makes significant contributions, is a skilled builder of consensus, inspires confidence in the way they would serve, is thorough and attentive to issues.
  • Good – Has been active and effective in many roles, is capable of moving people to productive action, has strong record of participation in problem solving, shows satisfactory commitment to tackling issues.
  • Adequate – Has a record of participation and interest, is effective on specific issues, has provoked questions about suitability as an office holder, will need significant time/energy to fill gaps in knowledge.
  • Not Qualified – Doesn’t appear engaged, has a record that casts doubt on ability to be productive, hasn’t demonstrated ability to deal with responsibilities of office, has narrow focus, inflexible attitude or is otherwise troubling.
  • Insufficient Information 
    when the CEC determines, after diligent investigation, that it has no more information about the candidate than an uninformed voter would have. A candidate who fails to complete a candidate questionnaire or is not interviewed or both may still be rated when the Committee has obtained information about the candidate through its other sources of information.

General Election Voter Guide

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2015 Candidate Ratings Now Available!

Candidate Ratings Available

Over the past four weeks The Municipal League conducted its annual review of candidates for local office in King County. This years committee’s rated over 80 candidates running for local office, and we would like to express special thanks to our dedicated volunteers!

About the Municipal League Ratings

The ratings are not endorsements. They assess each candidate’s potential to be effective in office and ability to serve the community.

  • Outstanding – Has made numerous outstanding contributions requiring skills related to the office, is a path-finding and respected leader, brings knowledge and creativity to issues facing the office.
  • Very Good – Makes significant contributions, is a skilled builder of consensus, inspires confidence in the way he/she would serve, is thorough and attentive to issues.
  • Good – Has been active and effective in many roles, is capable of moving people to productive action, has strong record of participation in problem solving, shows satisfactory commitment to tackling issues.
  • Adequate – Has a record of participation and interest, is effective on specific issues, has provoked questions about suitability as an office holder, will need significant time/energy to fill gaps in knowledge.
  • Not Qualified – Doesn’t appear engaged, has a record that casts doubt on ability to be productive, hasn’t demonstrated ability to deal with responsibilities of office, has narrow focus, inflexible attitude or is otherwise troubling.

 

You can view a full list of our candidate ratings here.

Races Being Covered in 2015

Races Being Covered in 2015

The Municipal League intends to cover the following races in 2015, provided they are contested by the end of the filing period (May 15). We will only be covering contested seats in each race:

Seattle City Council

Seattle School Board

King County Council

District 30 Legislative

Port of Seattle

Bellevue City Council

Issaquah City Council

Federal Way City Council

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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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Candidate Ratings

 

About the Municipal League Ratings The ratings are not endorsements. They assess each candidate’s potential to be effective in office and ability to serve the community.

  • Outstanding – Has made numerous outstanding contributions requiring skills related to the office, is a path-finding and respected leader, brings knowledge and creativity to issues facing the office.
  • Very Good – Makes significant contributions, is a skilled builder of consensus, inspires confidence in the way he/she would serve, is thorough and attentive to issues.
  • Good – Has been active and effective in many roles, is capable of moving people to productive action, has strong record of participation in problem solving, shows satisfactory commitment to tackling issues.
  • Adequate – Has a record of participation and interest, is effective on specific issues, has provoked questions about suitability as an office holder, will need significant time/energy to fill gaps in knowledge.
  • Not Qualified – Doesn’t appear engaged, has a record that casts doubt on ability to be productive, hasn’t demonstrated ability to deal with responsibilities of office, has narrow focus, inflexible attitude or is otherwise troubling.

 

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