ELECTION 2021: Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda running for re-election

Though some speculated she might run for mayor, West Seattle-residing City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda has decided to run for re-election instead. Mosqueda has moved to North Delridge since her 2017 election to Position 8, one of two at-large (citywide) seats on the council. She was in the spotlight last year for multiple reasons, including as the council’s budget chair, and as sponsor of the JumpStart” tax, as well as workers-rights issues. The early-morning news release announcing her candidacy quotes her as saying, “There are many challenges ahead as we leave the COVID-19 era; to restart our economy and get people into housing, a proven track record of delivering will be needed. My team and I are ready to do the work.” Her listed priorities include homelessness, housing affordability, supporting child-care providers, strengthening support for small businesses and community services, and continuing public-safety reform. She plans to participate in the Democracy Voucher program, as she did in her 2017 campaign. So far, one other candidate has registered a Position 8 campaign with the city, Kaia Persson. (Photo courtesy Mosqueda campaign)

43 Replies to "ELECTION 2021: Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda running for re-election"

  • Sixbuck January 6, 2021 (1:07 pm)

    Aren’t we so lucky!

  • Sillygoose January 6, 2021 (2:30 pm)

    Well good for her and I have decided to NEVER VOTE FOR HER!!  

  • WestJack January 6, 2021 (2:40 pm)

    The city is in much better shape than when she was first elected (sarcasm).  It’s time for somebody else to take a shot at fixing things.

  • vee January 6, 2021 (2:47 pm)

    me neither

  • Jsparra January 6, 2021 (3:01 pm)

    No to Teresa! 

  • Kram January 6, 2021 (3:09 pm)

    ‘Her listed priorities include homelessness, housing affordability,
    supporting child-care providers, strengthening support for small
    businesses and community services, and continuing public-safety reform.’                                            What are the odds these were her ‘priorities’ during her first election run. I don’t have facts to link to but my visual observations are all of these issues are worse now. Much worse.

  • jb January 6, 2021 (3:11 pm)

    All council members should be voted OUT!

    • WSB January 6, 2021 (3:55 pm)

      There are only two positions on this year’s ballot. All 7 district seats were elected in 2019, so those 7 councilmembers won’t be up again until 2023.

    • Sandy January 7, 2021 (4:32 pm)

      Good riddance to all on the council by 2023.

  • Plf January 6, 2021 (3:19 pm)

    i don’t think so

  • ExileGuy January 6, 2021 (3:22 pm)

    CHOP her loose. We are sick of activists and want mature leadership. 

  • Um, No! January 6, 2021 (3:27 pm)

    Or not.   If you think we’re better off now than before she took office,  then sure,  vote for her I guess?   

  • Alex January 6, 2021 (3:35 pm)

    So sorry to see this.  Where would one find a centrist on social issues and a conservative on fiscal issues who would be willing to run and could win.     

    • reed January 6, 2021 (4:41 pm)

      “A conservative on fiscal issues,” what a joke. The fiscal conservative is a fantasy on the same level as unicorns.

  • mark47n January 6, 2021 (4:06 pm)

    I don’t see any of you stepping up to face the hordes of detractors (like yourselves). The problems in this city are legion and it takes more than one person one term to make any headway to alleviate them. All I can say is that she’s got more guts than the lot of you whiners. Of course, that’s just like this town, isn’t it?

    • kram January 6, 2021 (8:30 pm)

      People can voice their opinion on a local blog without running for a council seat. Can we not be frustrated and vent?

      • Jon Wright January 8, 2021 (9:59 am)

        Slacktivism in action! What do you mean I don’t work to make my community a better place? I post comments on the internet all the time!

  • Chemist January 6, 2021 (4:46 pm)

    So, as of right now, this is Teresa’s opposition.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MisIe_JgAnM

    Officer Kaia Persson is one of our newest hires. She was sworn in on June 12, 2020 – what she describes as “the proudest day of my life.” Kaia, a former EMT, says she was drawn to police work because she wants to help. Whether it’s responding to 911 calls or building trust between officers and her transgender community, Kaia said she’s confident the SPD can be a part of a public safety system that provides Seattle with the services it expects and wants.  “I got into this job because I want to do the things that the city is talking about doing, about being a partner with the community.”

  • CarDriver January 6, 2021 (4:50 pm)

    Alfred E Newman has my vote. He’ll DEFINATELY do a better job!

  • ScubaFrog January 6, 2021 (4:54 pm)

    I can’t vote for any council incumbent after Durkan’s reign.  The Council should’ve impeached her long ago.  But they let the SPD keep spraying the tear gas, then the SPD lost their command on Capitol Hill to the “chaz” (and Durkan let that stand!).  So no.  New Mayor, new Council.  I really dig Lisa though.

  • TJ January 6, 2021 (4:55 pm)

    I see all the same “no way” comments as in past elections, which means she will be reelected. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like her at all, but the city has been overrun by a activist base who are not equipped to handle politics in a big city. I came to terms with the state of things here a ways back and realize Seattle is a destination for extreme progressives, not just liberal, and that ship has left the dock. I won’t be able to vote against her though as I will be moving out of state in August. 

    • Reed January 6, 2021 (6:11 pm)

      Finally off the the bright BLUE desert of Arizona?

  • GHO January 6, 2021 (5:54 pm)


  • Villagegreen January 6, 2021 (7:28 pm)

    It’s funny when people seem surprised when progressives keep getting elected. After a while you’d think they’d figure out that’s what Seattle is – a liberal progressive city. I really wish it was more progressive when it came to taxes, but that will happen eventually as the current tax system is unsustainable.

    • fauntleroy January 6, 2021 (8:38 pm)

      People realize it’s progressive they just don’t like the results. Crime and homelessness at all time highs. Some people to scared to work downtown. Nearly any metric on quality of life from my personal view is worse now than 20 years ago.

      • heartless January 7, 2021 (8:31 am)

        You think crime is at “all time highs”?

        Do you wonder what else you might be wrong about?

    • Mwayss January 7, 2021 (7:49 am)

      So you want state income tax right? On top of our 10.1 % sales tax.

      • Lagartija Nick January 7, 2021 (10:56 am)

        Mwayss, the goal is to replace the sales tax with an income tax. Please don’t spread misinformation.

  • nychk January 6, 2021 (7:36 pm)

    Of the 9 or so issues she says she will prioritize, I don’t see one related to fixing the WS bridge and related traffic nightmare around West Seattle.

    • Reed January 6, 2021 (10:46 pm)

      She is a citywide representative, so West Seattle is ~10% of the people she represents. The bridge may not be a priority to the other 90% she represents.

  • TJ January 6, 2021 (8:21 pm)

    Yep, after all 49 years I’m out of here to Arizona. The sun was always the draw, but the last few years politics here have pushed me over the edge. New house being built, pool. And not a constant push to tax anything they can. I was there over the weekend. Restaurants in Scottsdale are busy and kids are in school. The best part is I still own my business here but can run in from down there.

    • heartless January 7, 2021 (8:36 am)

      Your fantasy of moving coming up again?  You know we remember you posting about moving again, and again, and again…  And yet here you still are, the digital equivalent of a bad penny.    

    • Villagegreen January 7, 2021 (9:29 am)

      Thus Arizona currently has the highest per capita infections in the country. Enjoy those restaurants!

    • Lagartija Nick January 7, 2021 (10:52 am)

      So you’ll now be evading paying your taxes in both Arizona and Washington now TJ? How quaint. Oh and by the way enjoy your two newly elected Democratic Senators down there.

    • Lagartija Nick January 7, 2021 (11:06 am)

      TJ, boy are you going to be surprised when you discover that Arizona has an income tax, property taxes, and a higher sales tax than Washington. Plus they just passed an additional 3.5% surcharge income tax on high earners in November. But hey, you evade paying your taxes anyway, so what does it matter, right?

    • Jort January 7, 2021 (11:54 am)

      I’m sure you’ll still find plenty of opportunities to sanctimoniously chirp in here about how Seattle chooses to tax itself, even knowing your history of deliberate tax evasion. But at least you’ll get to enjoy doing it when it’s a miserable 125° outside surrounded by desert and concrete.

    • ScubaFrog January 7, 2021 (7:45 pm)

      Arizona’s becoming pretty moderate now, which is a great thing.  Enjoy your new home and may liberalism turn AZ Deep Blue!  :)

  • Canton January 6, 2021 (9:55 pm)

    I still picture her down at the protests claiming everything was peaceful. Then her video has protesters shouting for police to kill themselves. She stood by, and justified the notion. Nah… good. We need real leaders. 

  • wseaturtle January 7, 2021 (8:24 am)

    TJ. Good luck. I envy you, I’m stuck here.  Send some sun this way if you can.

  • AL January 7, 2021 (10:49 am)

    Good Grief!  Go Away Teresa M.  You are a stain on the city of Seattle.  All of those council members have done nothing to represent this city- but tear it down.   I wish Lisa H would go away too.  She is such a disappointment to this city and our WS community.

    • ScubaFrog January 7, 2021 (7:46 pm)

      Lisa’s done a lot for WS, pls don’t slander her.  Thx

      • Barton January 8, 2021 (8:05 am)

        Get that you appreciate Lisa Herbold but that’s hardly slander.

  • AL January 8, 2021 (4:15 pm)

    Thank you Barton!  Seriously- Slander?  That is hardly slander.   Are we not allowed differing opinions?    I don’t think she has done anything positive for WS.  She is a lame duck!

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