Our Seattle: 2017 Candidates Forum is October 15th!

SEATTLE — Seattle’s new Democracy Voucher program, approved by voters in 2015 and administered by the City of Seattle’s Ethics and Elections Commission, is designed to give the people of Seattle equal opportunity to participate in political campaigns and be heard by candidates. Along with cosponsoring organizations Town Hall Seattle, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, The Municipal League of King County, The Seattle Public Library, and the Washington Bus, the Democracy Voucher Program will host a community-oriented candidate forum next month. Our Seattle: Meet the Candidates will be held at Rainier Arts Center on Sunday, October 15 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. All 2017 City of Seattle candidates participating in the General Election are confirmed to attend.

“This first year of the Democracy Voucher Program is also the first time this office has sponsored a candidate forum,” says Wayne Barnett, executive director of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission. “Nearly 12,000 Seattle residents have returned more than 43,800 Democracy Vouchers to date, and we’ve seen a great deal of interest in the City races for this year’s General Election. We’re excited to partner with Town Hall, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, the Muni League, the Seattle Public Library, and the Washington Bus on Our Seattle: Meet the Candidates.”

The Seattle community is invited to submit questions for the 2017 City of Seattle candidates by visiting surveymonkey.com/r/SeattleCandidateQuestions. Questions may be submitted anytime between now and October 15.

KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna will moderate the forum, choosing questions submitted from the Seattle community to ask the candidates. Cerna says, “Just like the Democracy Voucher Program is a way for people who have not been involved in the political process to participate, this south Seattle forum offers the community a chance to get involved by asking candidates about issues that matter to them. I’m looking forward to reading the submissions.”

Mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon, City Council At-Large Position 8 candidates Jon Grant and Teresa Mosqueda, City Council At-Large position 9 candidates Lorena González and Pat Murakami, and City Attorney candidates Pete Holmes and Scott Lindsey will all attend. Each race will be on stage separately for 25 minutes, beginning with City Attorney, following with City Council races 8 and then 9, and ending with the Mayor’s race. To make the event more accessible to the community, live interpretation in Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and ASL will be available. The event will be filmed by Town Hall Seattle and The Seattle Channel.

What: Our Seattle: Meet the Candidates 2017 City of Seattle candidate forum
Who: All 2017 City of Seattle candidates participating in the General Election will attend.
KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna will moderate.
Where: Rainier Arts Center (formerly Rainier Valley Cultural Center), 3515 S. Alaska St., Seattle, WA 98118
When: Sunday, October 15th, 2017
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Cosponsoring Organizations: The City of Seattle’s Democracy Voucher Program, Town Hall Seattle, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, The Municipal League of King County, The Seattle Public Library, and The Washington Bus

Event is free and open to the public. Registration is strongly encouraged: only a small number of tickets will be available at the door. Register at townhallseattle.org/event/our-seattle-2017-candidates-forum/.

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The Democracy Voucher Program is a Seattle-voter approved, landmark public finance system that aims to ensure the people of Seattle have equal opportunity to participate in political campaigns and be heard by candidates. Learn more about the Democracy Voucher Program at seattle.gov/democracyvoucher.

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2017 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 nearly 50 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.

A HUGE thank you to our 2017 CEC Volunteers, and the following venues for hosting our committees:

Downtown Seattle YMCA

You can view a full list of our 2017 candidate ratings here.

Or download our Voters Guide here.

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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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