FOLLOWUP: 1 question for City Council Position 8 candidate Mike McQuaid during his West Seattle stop

As reported here Wednesday, South Lake Union community activist Mike McQuaid is the second candidate to declare he’s running for Seattle City Council citywide Position 8. He is the first to make a campaign stop in West Seattle. As part of a citywide post-announcement tour today, he stopped at Husky Deli in The Junction:

His campaign announcement didn’t address one major topic that has been on the City Council’s front burner in various ways during the past year – crime and public safety. So we asked about his views on that.

Council Position 8 is one of four citywide positions that’ll be on your ballot in August and November – along with Council Position 9, Mayor, and City Attorney.

18 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: 1 question for City Council Position 8 candidate Mike McQuaid during his West Seattle stop"

  • Delridge February 18, 2021 (8:30 pm)

    That was a total non answer from him….Looks like Mosqueda is getting my vote again this time around. Seems like this guy was dancing around answering the question seriously. I feel like, if at this point in time after all we have been through in the last year, you are not open about saying that you want police reform, then I’m going to assume you are a “Blue Lives Matter” supporter. Sigh. 

    • Anne February 19, 2021 (7:53 am)

      Mosqueda-really? Not for me-neither is McQuaid-hoping someone else will run.

      • Delridge February 19, 2021 (10:58 am)

        Yes, really. I am Latino and she supports me and other people of color. I have many other reasons for giving her my vote. If someone else runs who is better than either of these candidates, however unlikely that may be…this is Seattle after all…I would love to hear from them.

        • Mel February 19, 2021 (12:19 pm)

          This is something I truly don’t understand. We’re too caught up in identity politics. As a BIPOC community member I couldn’t care less what your race, sexual orientation or even political party is at this point. I just want real changes in this city. Someone with new ideas. The current council (IMO) has to go.

    • Mel February 19, 2021 (12:17 pm)

      So you must think the current council is doing a good job? Or you’re ok with another few years of no action on their part in regards to our unhoused community members? These problems are getting worse and the current council has shown they’re not capable of making any real progress. I’d almost vote for anyone else to give them a chance and see if our current issues get better.

      • L EL February 19, 2021 (4:59 pm)

        I agree with you Mel. The current council is terrible.  How we’re stuck with Herbold and Sawant for three more years is awful. 

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  • 1994 February 18, 2021 (9:17 pm)

    I like his hesitancy to defund police – he is taking a cautious approach and not rushing to defund 50% like most of the current council members. I received my DEMOCRACY VOUCHERS in the mail today….they are not going to M. Lorena as she had difficulty following the voucher rules the last go around, and then weaseled her way out of accountability for not following the complex rules. 

  • cjboffoli February 18, 2021 (9:27 pm)

    It cracks me up how prospective politicians always seem to understand that the thing to do in the Junction is to stop, genuflect, and kiss the ring of Jack Miller at Husky Deli. The pope of West Seattle. :-)

    • John February 18, 2021 (9:46 pm)

      Maybe he wanted one of their great sandwiches.

    • Suge February 19, 2021 (7:56 am)

      The Junction is no Greenwich Village my friend. Although something about Jack does remind me of Mickey Rourke. The Ice Cream Wrestler!

  • Junction Lady February 19, 2021 (6:50 am)

    Personally, I would like to hear specific solutions not just hollow answers.  

  • Elizabeth February 19, 2021 (1:45 pm)

    Will vote for Mosqueda. She is the only candidate on the City Council who has constantly included labor unions in her conversations ensuring workers get better benefits and are taken care of. She’s truly the only one fighting for working people.

    • DavidW February 19, 2021 (2:36 pm)

      Do you work for, or are you affiliated in any way, with her or her campaign? I wish WSB would turn off all comments for posts about politicians and candidates to prevent astroturfing from the candidates, their supporters, their opposition, or anyone else interested in unduly influencing our local politics. 

      • bill February 20, 2021 (12:33 am)

        DavidW: If WSB “turn[s] off all comments … from … supporters [and] opposition or anyone else” how is someone like yourself going to express their half-baked ideas?

  • Jann February 19, 2021 (5:48 pm)

    The take away from McQuaid, “really, really, really: institutions, institutions, institutions; careful, careful, careful.”  No substantive comments or insights from his interview at Husky Deli.  I really, really, really, hope that other candidates make careful, careful, careful considerations to choose to run for election to our City-wide institutions, institutions, institutions.  Pretty pitiful thus far.

  • Harry February 20, 2021 (10:02 pm)

    Wow, that was rough. Mosqueda it is, then!

    • Mel February 22, 2021 (5:44 am)

      If you think this is bad I hope you watched the Lorena Gonzalez interview with Brandi Kruse. Talk about someone who back tracks on everything they’ve done and can’t stand firm in their actions or take responsibility. She was tripping over her words the whole second half of the interview. 

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