2 days till candidates + your questions + free ice cream

From waving to candy-throwing to pet-sign-wearing, there was plenty of campaigning in last Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade (here’s our video of the entire parade, real time, from the honor guard forward) … those are some of the scenes, above. Most of the candidates/advocates you saw in the parade – and others – will be in West Seattle again this Thursday night for the West Seattle Candidates’ Forum – that’s the same day ballots, to be mailed tomorrow, should start arriving.

The forum’s organizers have two things they want you to know tonight: First, they’ve locked in the lineups (see the PDF here, or in text after the jump) … including entertainment, as well as debate/discussion! Second, they WANT ***YOUR*** QUESTIONS – most of the event will consist of questions gathered in advance. There’s an open thread for questions in the WSB Forums (go here) – or, post yours as a comment on this story – or, use this form to send it to organizers. Reps from community groups and hot issues will be there to take your questions starting at 6:30 pm – along with candidates serving free Husky Deli ice cream! – including: WSDOT (on the tunnel), SDOT (on the SW Alaska rechannelization), Seattle Referendum 1 (tunnel), County Veterans’ Levy, Kiwanis Club of West Seattle, Neighborhood House, Sustainable West Seattle, WS In Motion, Seattle Police and Fire Departments, West Seattle Blockwatch Captains’ Network, West Seattle Be Prepared Emergency Communication Hubs. Free child care, too. Now – click ahead for the text of the news release:

The West Seattle Candidates’ Forum will be held at the Brockey Student Center on the campus of South Seattle Community College at 6000 16th Avenue SW, in the Delridge area of West Seattle. All City and County council candidates, School Board candidates, and Referenda representatives (Referendum 1, Veterans levy) will appear before an active and engaged community of West Seattle citizens and service organizations at 6:30pm on Thursday, July 28th.

Co-sponsored by The VIEWS group, West Seattle Kiwanis, and numerous local neighborhood councils, the event begins with an Ice cream social, featuring the primary and general election candidates serving up Husky Deli™ ice cream and chatting with constituents; followed by a performance of the Dangerettes drill team squad. The forum itself will consist of a debate-style format in three parts–

Part 1:

Port Commission

Position 5
Dean Willard
Bill Bryant

County Council

Position 8
Joe McDermott
Diana Toledo

Part 2:

City Council candidates

Position 1
Jean Godden
Bobby Forch
Maurice Classen
Michael Taylor-Judd

Position 9
Sally Clark
Dian Ferguson
Fathi Karshie

Part 3:

School Board candidates

Position 6
Steve Sundquist
Joy Anderson
Marty McLaren
Nick Esparza

Also attending and participating in the Ice Cream Social are candidates: Tim Burgess, Tom Rasmussen, Bruce Harrell, Brad Meacham, Richard Pope, Dale Pusey, David Schraer.

“West Seattle is one of the most diverse areas in the city and South Seattle Community College is one of its most diverse schools, so the venue and event are a perfect match for the community,” says Dorsol Plants, a West Seattle community activist.

Representatives from the King County Elections board, and community organizations such as Neighborhood House and Sustainable West Seattle will be on-hand to answer questions and provide information about community resources. FREE On-site child care will be provided, and translation services will be available in Spanish, Somaali, Vietnamese, and Ukrainian.

For more information, visit: http://central.ly/westseattleforum.


The VIEWS (Visualize Increased Engagement West Seattle) group is a non-partisan community organization comprised of local citizens creating programming to educate, engage, and mobilize West Seattle citizens to sustain and improve the quality of life and services available across the peninsula. You can contact VIEWS at: westseattle.forum@gmail.com or 425-298-6379


The Kiwanis Club of West Seattle, now in its 83rd year, undertakes a full program of service to the communities of West Seattle with special emphasis on the growth, education and needs of children from preschool though college. An affiliate of Kiwanis International which has clubs in 83 nations, the West Seattle club is an organization of concerned adults dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. For more information, contact the West Seattle Kiwanis Club at: westseattlekiwanis@yahoo.com

And of course there’s a Facebook event for this too.

4 Replies to "2 days till candidates + your questions + free ice cream"

  • Pete July 26, 2011 (8:59 pm)

    AND the proceeds will benefit the West Seattle Food Bank

  • Mercury Mongoose July 26, 2011 (10:30 pm)

    How will the Veterans’ Levy provide new programs for vets instead of merely duplicating existing programs?

  • WS Suzanne July 28, 2011 (10:51 am)

    How do we work toward making door to door soliciting illegal within the city limits? There’s simply no reason to allow this approach to selling goods or services today. It puts our most vulnerable people in harms way when they answer the door, the products often are overpriced and have little to no real value, and the salespeople can be extremely intimidating.

    I have personally felt very frightened after a strange experience. The people clearly didn’t have anything to sell, and when I told them to leave, one of them made it very clear they would be back. It was a harrowing experience and they were clearly casing the neighborhood.

    Unfortunately a “no soliciting” sign does not always dissuade these folks.

    Why not just finally put a stop to this and prohibit door to door soliciting.

  • WS Suzanne July 28, 2011 (4:19 pm)

    If we are not able to attend tonight’s forum, does anyone know if our questions will still be addressed? (Mine is above).

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