ELECTION 2023: Teresa Mosqueda wants to move from Seattle City Council to King County Council

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

After five years as one of the Seattle City Council‘s two at-large members, North Delridge resident Teresa Mosqueda says she feels a “pull” toward a different role in local government – that of King County Councilmember.

Mosqueda announced this morning that she is campaigning for the seat that District 8 County Councilmember Joe McDermott is leaving after more than a decade. The newly remapped district stretches from downtown Seattle to Burien, also including West Seattle, White Center, and Vashon and Maury Islands, among other neighborhoods (see the map here).

Mosqueda talked with WSB just before her announcement. She says she will continue with her City Council job – which isn’t up for a vote again until 2025 – while campaigning for County Council. (If she wins the new job, the remaining city councilmembers would have to appoint someone to fill the rest of her term.) Though the County Council represents three times as many people as the City Council, it toils in less of a spotlight, generally with far less pressure and scrutiny. Mosqueda wouldn’t mind: “Everyone asks, aren’t you going to be bored? I say, no!”

She says what’s “pulling” her toward the County Council are two issues in particular – health and housing. County government has “more purview over public health and behavioral health.” On the latter, she’s supportive of the behavioral-health levy the County Council just voted to send to voters in April. And she sees even more areas of the county in need of workforce housing, especially Vashon and Burien. She wants to work with the state legislators who have housing in the spotlight this session. The county also runs the major transit system – Metro – and “working families need round-the-clock transit – we need to reimagine that.”

Those working families, Mosqueda continues, also need more access to child care and other support. She expresses admiration for the county’s voter-approved Best Starts for Kids program. She sees possibilities for “building on the work we’ve done in Seattle,’ recalling a tour of the West Seattle Junction four years ago, when a small-business owner told her more child care and housing would help their workers.

Beyond West Seattle, she mentions other parts of the city that are part of County Council District 8: “I have served these communities and know them.” But she says she’s no stranger to the non-Seattle areas of the district – her family gets health care in Burien, for example, and visits that community’s Seahurst Park. Her heart, however, is in the North Delridge neighborhood where she lives with her husband and their 3-year-old daughter – “this is the kind of walkable, livable neighborhood I want everybody to have.”

Mosqueda also observes that serving District 8 would be about serving a diverse population, with an increasing number of people of color as well as immigrants and refugees. Representation matters, she declares, noting she was shocked to learn that of the more than 130 people serving on county councils in the state of Washington right now, only three are people of color. During and before her city work, she says she has fought for those who aren’t (yet) at the table.

Veering off the issues she cites as those about which she’s most excited, we ask about others – public safety, for one. She first mentions work that the county has done on diversion, and touches on community-safety work aside from law enforcement, though she also mentions respect for the King County Sheriff’s Office and Burien Police Chief Ted Boe, “who’s gotten a lot of praise for working on restorative justice.”

In the nuts and bolts of governing, we also ask what she’s learned as the City Council’s budget chair. “It’s been my goal to really change the culture of how we approach budgeting,” and Mosqueda feels she and her colleagues accomplished that through increased scrutiny including “deep analysis.” She also mentions looking further into the future, taking a closer look at a six-year projection that she says had previously been buried in the information councilmembers would get and mostly ignored.

Might she try to do something like the JumpStart tax on a county level? No specific proposals planned but she is interested in legislative action giving local governments more flexibility.

Regarding a District 8 topic that hasn’t been discussed much lately but remains unresolved – North Highline annexation – Mosqueda says she wants to talk with residents about their needs, “hear from folks what they want to see, whether it’s self-determination or annexation or …” Bottom line, she thinks job 1 is to find out if people feel they’re being appropriately served by the county.

She plans to start conversations with potential constituents immediately and already has meetings planned tomorrow in Burien; she expects to “front-load” her City Council responsibilities during the week whenever she can so she can be out campaigning Fridays through Sundays. She thinks she can win people over by showing up on doorsteps and promising to make change on their behalf. “If folks are excited about a workhorse, a listener, someone who takes action …” then, Mosqueda says, she’s their candidate.

WHAT’S NEXT: Mosqueda is the first announced candidate in this race. The field won’t be final until the official filing week in mid-May. Voting for the August 1st primary will start in July.

74 Replies to "ELECTION 2023: Teresa Mosqueda wants to move from Seattle City Council to King County Council"

  • Anne February 2, 2023 (7:41 am)

    NO NO NO!!!

    • Seattlite February 2, 2023 (1:50 pm)

      How about another resounding NO!

    • Deb February 2, 2023 (2:55 pm)

      And another!

  • Brian February 2, 2023 (7:45 am)

    How many Seattle City Council members have decided not to run again now? It’s three, right? Mosqueda, Sawant, and Herbold.   

    • WSB February 2, 2023 (10:36 am)

      1) This isn’t a “not running again” announcement unless she wins – her City Council seat, as noted in the story, isn’t on the ballot again until 2025, so she would have two years left in her city term. (The two citywides – currently Mosqueda and Nelson – run separately from the seven by-districts.)

      2) So far the “not running again” announcements are Herbold, Pedersen, and Sawant. Juarez has not made a formal announcement but the regional media has reported “remarks” interpreted as “not running again.” If that holds true, then it’s four of the seven by-districts who aren’t running again. Of the remaining three by-district councilmembers, Lewis and Morales have said they ARE running again, leaving only Strauss to declare his intentions. – TR

  • Runner February 2, 2023 (7:57 am)

    No thank you! In my humble opinion you are a political failure.  Now you want to get elected to a bigger stage, again, no thank you. 

  • Voter February 2, 2023 (8:13 am)

    Mosqueda has destroyed Seattle. She will do it at the county level if elected.

  • tim February 2, 2023 (8:32 am)

    Oh great, maybe she can eliminate housing like she did in Seattle.

  • Mel Blank February 2, 2023 (9:03 am)

    She has a bold vision of bringing her unique blend of incompetence and spineless capitulation to a larger, less resistant constituency.

  • Jessica V. February 2, 2023 (9:03 am)

    She has been horrible as Seattle Council Member and we do not need her with more power as a County Council member. No vote for sure! We need new leadership not rehashed ineffective Council members. Will miss Joe and hope we get a good replacement not her!

    • Seattlite February 2, 2023 (1:49 pm)

      100% accurate comment, Jessica.

  • Delridge neighbor February 2, 2023 (9:32 am)

    Ugh.  She’s bad news. Extremist ideologies have messed up seattle and now she wants to bring it to the county? No thank you. 

  • Peter February 2, 2023 (9:58 am)

    Sad to lose her on the city council, but her reasoning makes sense. The county can work on a broader scope to address issues that Seattle alone cannot resolve without like actions by other cities and at the county level. Good luck! You have my support. 

  • WMR February 2, 2023 (10:02 am)

    Definitely No!

  • Pete February 2, 2023 (10:12 am)

    Will she be taking her dysfunction with her to the county council? 

  • Melissa February 2, 2023 (10:17 am)

    Wonderful! So happy that this thoughtful, able, ethical community leader is running for King County Council!

  • Genesee5Points February 2, 2023 (10:37 am)

    As Nana used to say, “Don’t let the door hit ya, where the good lord split ya!”… So happy to see her and her legacy of failed policies leave the city of Seattle. Concerned that her out of touch, disconnected, virtue signaling point of view might infect the county council.  If she is elected, they’ll use it as a case study in, “failing up”.   

  • Jen February 2, 2023 (10:55 am)

    Thrilled to hear this and in full support! Thank you, Teresa Mosqueda for listening to and representing our community. I’m especially grateful for your stance on Universal Healthcare. Don’t ever stop pushing. 

  • WestSeattleBadTakes February 2, 2023 (11:01 am)

    The conservatives are out in force today. Saying a lot without saying anything.

    • Peter February 2, 2023 (12:00 pm)

      It is a coordinated effort. Republicans can’t support their positions with actual facts, and they can’t convince voters with their hogwash, so they fall back on attempting to dominate comment threads here, on the Seattle Times, and other news sources, then try to use their own comments to say “see, ‘the people’ support us.” 

      • cya February 2, 2023 (1:05 pm)

        I hate to disappoint you, Peter, but I’m just a Democrat who disagrees with the majority of Mosqueda’s votes. There’s nothing coordinated about it.

    • Not a conservative February 2, 2023 (12:32 pm)

      Yeah, sorry. I’m neither a Republican nor a conservative and I never will be. But I think Mosqueda and her policies are terrible. These are nearly the exact same talking points from her last two campaigns. Progressive implies the word “progress” and I’m sorry but there is very little to show that during Mosqueda’s time on council anything in Seattle has improved. 

      • WestSeattleBadTakes February 2, 2023 (12:45 pm)

        Gives us one terrible policy, just one. This is what I am talking about, saying a lot without saying anything at all.

      • anonyme February 2, 2023 (1:31 pm)

        Not a Conservative, I’m with you.  Tired of the extremists labeling anyone who wants to step back from that stance a bit as either “Republican” “conservative”, or not long ago “Trump-loving”.  None of those things are true, and as another critic stated “saying a lot without saying anything”.  Mosqueda is likely to be just as ineffective at the county level as at state level, so I don’t see any point in the shift from one to the other.  It seems a lot of politicians are trying to either leave or distance themselves from the city council – and with good reason.  Fruit from the poisoned tree.

      • Thomas February 2, 2023 (8:29 pm)

        Totally agree!

    • WW Resident February 2, 2023 (12:46 pm)

      You don’t like an extreme leftist progressive who wanted to defund r police by 50% as a knee jerk reaction and virtue signaling, therefore you’re a Republican!! Once upon a time that lazy way of arguing worked, but it’s getting so old now, people are no longer caring.

    • AlsoNotARepublican… February 2, 2023 (1:41 pm)

      Why is it anytime someone disagrees with the far left in Seattle, they’re dismissed as a Republican? Maybe some of you have gotten so far left, the moderate Democratic Party doesn’t even want you. 

    • Frustrated February 2, 2023 (1:59 pm)

      Why do you assume everyone here who doesn’t agree with you or Mosqueda is a conservative? What does conservative mean to you anyway?

    • ColumbiaChris February 2, 2023 (3:49 pm)

      It also appears as though a lot of conservatives who read this blog want to pretend that they aren’t conservatives.

      • uncle loco February 2, 2023 (5:03 pm)

         those people are way outnumbered by the intolerant folks who fancy themselves as liberals.

      • Frustrated February 2, 2023 (5:11 pm)

        Just stop. This type of purity-test politicking is what we criticize the far right for… Seems like the far left isn’t immune either.

  • cat February 2, 2023 (11:14 am)

    Yes!!! King County would be so lucky to have you CM Mosqueda. Thanks for everything youve done for our community here in WS and the rest of Seattle.

  • Question Authority February 2, 2023 (11:29 am)

    She needs to keep her destructive policies away from the larger area, Burien doesn’t need any more problems than the current City Council has already caused it with policies like hers.

    • WestSeattleBadTakes February 2, 2023 (11:38 am)

      Can you give us one example of the destructive policies? Just one.  

      • Question Authority February 2, 2023 (12:31 pm)

        Simple, lack of support for Law Enforcement.

        • WestSeattleBadTakes February 2, 2023 (12:53 pm)

          It really sucks having to debate issues with folks who have no positions. It is getting frustrating and boring.

          You can see this in action in the first question here:https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/public-safety-qa-with-teresa-mosqueda-and-kenneth-wilson-seattle-city-council-candidates-position-8/

          Getting the police off of issues where they are not needed is in support of police. You want our resources deployed effectively, don’t you? Mosqueda holds an actual position. You can disagree with it but it is a position and one that is well reasoned. We can even debate the effectiveness of such an approach. Instead, we get childish responses from adults.

          Kenneth Wilson says nothing – posturing and misdirection. It is the same stuff here. Individuals who won’t spend a second ago understand any topic but instead uses their fee-fees to drive policy. And here I thought it was all about facts.

          You’ve given the example of the bad policy, but failed to explain why. Typical and expected from the intellectually bankrupt conservative commenters of WSB.

          It would be funny if these issues weren’t so consequential.

          • Jordan February 2, 2023 (3:27 pm)

            Have you ever spoken to someone in public health who actually goes out on those calls? I have. My friend does that for a living. They don’t go out by themselves. They’re always with an officer or require an officer to respond first. It’s a perfectly fair point to say mental health experts should be responding where needed. But it is a complete fantasy that those mental health workers presence reduce the need for police officers. They don’t. 

          • Scarlett February 2, 2023 (4:21 pm)

            What passes for conservative intellectualism, at least here,  it is now largely just a collection of reflexive tropes and cliches and positions that come without evidence.  I use the word “conservative” simply to categorize a subset of people but they bear zero resemblance to conservatives of yore, who you could appreciate for their sharp arguments even if you didn’t agree with them.  Maybe this symptomatic of society as a whole, which is very, very alarming for our future.   

      • Jordan February 2, 2023 (12:33 pm)

        Defund the police. 

        • Al King February 2, 2023 (12:49 pm)

          Jordan. Yep. And the criminals, drug dealers, mayhem causers will have a field day. Why do you want that? Who benefits??

        • WestSeattleBadTakes February 2, 2023 (12:56 pm)

          You mean the thing that didn’t happen?

        • E February 2, 2023 (1:57 pm)

          No. Never defund. Re-educate , replace , restructure, make everyone accountable for their actions. 

          • Jordan February 2, 2023 (3:15 pm)

            With all due respect, there is literally a photo of Mosqueda standing with Gonzalez and next to Sawant at a rally with a sign that says defund the police. I appreciate she realizes how bad of a political position that is now so she’s backtracked. But that makes her just like every other politician that’s fake. I think our district deserves more and can do far better. 

        • Scubafrog February 2, 2023 (2:42 pm)

          Thankfully the vast majority of serious people in Seattle are way over this.  The far left might still be on that type of time, but extremists don’t do well in elections.  Mosqueda will keep her council seat when she loses the county election this summer.  But she’ll lose reelection in 2025.  Seattle will still be grieving lost loved ones, and reeling from this crime surge.

          • Derek February 2, 2023 (3:46 pm)

            But Sawant and Mosqueda have won all their elections………….

      • Canton February 2, 2023 (1:55 pm)

        Supporting activists that told police to put their guns to their heads and pull the trigger.

        • Derek February 2, 2023 (3:45 pm)

          Did you not see what cops in Memphis did? And what ones here did with Lyles, Fuhr, and the pedestrian who was ran over?

          • Frustrated February 2, 2023 (5:06 pm)

            Who would you suggest be responsible for dealing with situations like the guy in Wallingford who ran into a random house and locked the owners out? Would YOU want to have to respond to that situation?

          • Question Authority February 2, 2023 (6:05 pm)

            Really?!  Now your implying the pedestrian was struck on purpose by the Officer who was responding to a Priority 1 Call.  What’s next, ban Police from driving vehicles and replace flashlights with candles?

          • Question Authority February 2, 2023 (7:53 pm)

            Do you honestly think the Officer intentionally hit the pedestrian while responding to a priority 1 call?  To even imply that really shows your lack of common sense.

      • AlsoNotARepublican… February 2, 2023 (2:01 pm)

        Not a policy, but one of my favorites was when she said we shouldn’t tell people not to loot because looting isn’t bad. As I recall, she also did nothing when the crazy extremist behind her screamed at cops to take their guns, put them onto their chins, and kill themselves. And that was pretty vanilla compared to what came out of his mouth next. Teresa not only did nothing, she actually defended the guy. When people say we’re in the crime crisis we are in now because of “defund the police”, we’re not talking about actual money. We’re talking about city leaders like Mosqueda establishing a toxic and hostile environment with zero support for our emergency responders. I would love to see this woman go and take her delusions with her, but please let’s not spread her crazy into King County politics. 

      • tim February 2, 2023 (8:32 pm)

        Can you give us one example of the destructive policies? Just one.  “………..It’s now illegal for a landlord  to reject a tenant because of  criminal history.  There’s nothing like having a drug dealer or pedo moving in next door. Thanks Mosqueda!

  • StuckInWestSeattle February 2, 2023 (1:06 pm)

    She needs to move on from politics. She has been a disaster. And I definately do not support defunding the police. We need more of them and start cracking down on the thieves. lock up the repeat offenders forever.

  • Seattlite February 2, 2023 (1:48 pm)

    Oh dear!   Too bad voters cannot connect the dots as to why Seattle and King County are facing tremendous challenges (crime, homeless, drugs) that never get resolved.

  • Scarlett February 2, 2023 (1:51 pm)

    You all want more police to protect your stuff? Hire your private security to patrol your neighborhood instead of going to the public coffers.   

    • Scubafrog February 2, 2023 (2:58 pm)

      We’re building back our police department.   It’ll be back to 100% again, and property values are going to soar again.  Everything will be good again.  It’s almost as if today’s brand of progressives want to tear everything decent down:  Bring in the rv’s, no more police, legalize crime, lower property values, high unemployment, legalize hard drugs, no bail, abolish prisons — really?   That’s not society, that’s for non-functioning people who can’t function in society.  Very sad, a socialist utopia perhaps, but not reality.

  • Thomas February 2, 2023 (2:04 pm)

    Why can’t we get representatives who want to focus on the basics of government. All they want to do is push their personal agenda.We had all this big talk on a unarmed force along with a healthcare professional. Every year were told its all about homelessness .Meanwhile the crime rate continues to escalate.Anyone running for office should be required to spend time in a local business. Maybe then they would understand the problem

  • Wseattlite February 2, 2023 (2:06 pm)

    I cannot imagine the rest of King County looking at Seattle and saying “oh yes!  We want some of what you have”!  Seattles current state has become a poster child for bad policy. 

  • Graciano February 2, 2023 (2:20 pm)

    Nope! we need someone that will make crime illegal again.

  • LifelongDem February 2, 2023 (2:48 pm)

    Prime example of what happens when you vote in an “activist”.  Extreme ideologies on either side are never going to bring our divided city, county, and country back together. Mosqueda was always going to be an extreme candidate and was voted in before people were paying attention. Hopefully enough people in the middle see her for who she is and vote her out. #prayforunityandcommonsense 

  • M February 2, 2023 (3:31 pm)

    I’ll miss her at the city level but glad she is looking to continue to lead. She’s a smart and compassionate leader and she will have my vote…again!

  • Derek February 2, 2023 (3:41 pm)

    I like this move. She is great! She is one of the best local politicians. I think she could be a senator some day. 

  • Ivan Weiss February 2, 2023 (4:26 pm)

    Some of you people make me want to laugh out loud. Teresa has cruised to victory in every election she has been in, and she’ll cruise to victory in this one too. She will represent us well. I’m delighted that I can vote for her, and I expect to campaign for her. I doubt very much that you naysayers will be able to find a viable candidate. But hey, knock yourselves out. Because no matter how often, and how vehemently, you engage in self-reinforcement on these comment threads, Teresa’s past election results reflect that the majority of voters like her and approve of her platform. The numbers don’t lie. Apologies if this comment appears twice. I didn’t see my first comment.

    • Canton February 2, 2023 (6:14 pm)

      You’re right. Unless there is a common sense non activist running against her, she will win. That is because we have too many well paid activists that work for non profits, appointed by the council, that drain the coffers.

    • Left of Center February 2, 2023 (10:23 pm)

      Don’t be too sure.  I’m hoping she will go the way of Lorena Gonzalez who we hopefully won’t hear from again.

  • Madmatt February 2, 2023 (5:21 pm)

    Mosqueda was certainly a bad city council member.  Now, she wants to do the same for King County.  Please say No,No,No  to Teresa

  • WS Dreamin February 2, 2023 (8:13 pm)

    This news has made my day. Teresa Mosqueda is a principled, smart, approachable, hard working leader who has served Washington workers, families and communities for decades. I admire her deeply and am so grateful that she is bringing her public health and policy expertise to our District in this new role. With 100 endorsements and counting, I’m not alone. I’ll be out in support and can’t wait to vote for Teresa as my next King County Council representative!!

  • dzag February 2, 2023 (8:25 pm)

    I hope that whoever runs and gets elected can use common sense to improve our community and make it safer. It’s been heartbreaking seeing the increase in crime and destruction over the last few years. Hopefully we can elect leaders that are truly invested and live in the community and can make needed improvements which includes appropriate consequences for criminals 

  • Scarlett February 2, 2023 (9:40 pm)

    Does anyone really believe returning to “moderate” politics is going to fix anything?  Return to what, exactly?  This is hand-wringing drivel from those who can’t see that society has irreversibly and dramatically changed, or they don’t want to see it.  

  • Rhonda February 3, 2023 (12:08 am)

    I’ll vigorously support her opponent.

  • Jim F February 3, 2023 (9:17 am)

    Another liberal against Mosqueda here. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone with both the heart and the brains that the public deserves in a public official? That’s not Mosqueda.

  • Millie February 4, 2023 (9:38 pm)

    We need to return to “moderate” politics which is not “drivel”.  We have seen what far left and far right politics has done to our city and country.  It is time to return to civility and commen sense.  It is time for people to be accountable and take responsibility for their actions.   No one side in politics has the answer.  We need to work together.  We need to listen to each other.   So, I guess, I am basically saying that I do not believe City Councilwoman Mosqueda represents the majority of King County residents. and their needs for public works, public health, elections, public safety, land use planning, transportation,  and so forth.

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