VIDEO: First forum with all 8 Seattle City Council District 1 candidates

We promised we’d publish the video from tonight’s WSB/D1CN candidates’ forum as soon as it was uploaded, so here it is. We’ll be working on a separate story in the next few days with written highlights of the candidates’ replies to the 15+ questions we asked. As you’ll see in the video, after the introductions, the first question we asked was whether each candidate would be voted yes or no on the drug-law proposal that current councilmembers had voted down barely an hour earlier. The other questions were from submissions by the member organizations of the District 1 Community Network and WSB readers and were not previewed by the candidates. All 8 candidates participated – they were seated left to right in surname-alphabetical order:

Preston Anderson
Lucy Barefoot
Stephen Brown
Maren Costa
Jean Craciun
Mia Jacobson
Rob Saka
Phil Tavel

The forum was held at Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Walmesley Center; thank you to everyone who came to see them in person! You can also see the candidates in person during the next forum, 2 pm Saturday (June 10th) at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW), presented by the 34th District Democrats, following a 1 pm forum with candidates for King County Council District 8.

ADDED: Since some prefer to read rather than watch, we promised summries of the replies. We’re adding them here rather than publishing a separate story. What follows is largely a summary; unless you see words/phrases/sentences inside quotation marks, they are not exact quotes.

Opening statements:

PRESTON ANDERSON: Crime, safety, homelessness, addiction are issues that have surfaced as he does door-to-door to talk with voters. He’s a clinical social worker and has dealt with all those issues. The City Council could benefit from the perspective of a clinician.

LUCY BAREFOOT: She is an outreach specialist with a background in economics and public affairs who wants to speak up for underserved communities.

STEPHEN BROWN: He calls himself “a mix of creativity and privatism” and thinks that’s “what Seattle needs right now.” He believes he can take ‘a workable plan to an operating entity.”

MAREN COSTA: She was a senior leader in tech for 25 years, managing big teams and big budgets “to get stuff done.” She challenged Amazon to act on climate change and “created a plan, delivered results.”

JEAN IANNELLI CRACIUN: She’s “been involved in politics my entire life.” She would be the first LGBTQ District 1 councilmember since by-district elections began in 2015.

MIA JACOBSON: She has “three small children” so she is thinking into the future. “We have outgrown the system of representation itself” and need to explore new ways.

ROB SAKA: He is a veteran and “public-safety advocate” who says “the public-safety situation is out of hand” and supports hiring more police and building more affordable housing. He wants to “get stuff done that works for all of us.”

PHIL TAVEL: He says “we need a city councilperson who is going to prioritize public service over politics.” He has ben a judge, teacher, business owner. He believes “we can change, we can bring back the things we know and love about this city.”

Questions followed. With the exception of the first one – a late addition because it referred to a much-watched City Council vote that had happened less than an hour before the forum – they were adapted from questions sent by both WSB readers and members of D1CN organizations. They were not provided to the candidates in advance. We allotted 30 seconds for answers in order to get to as many questions/issues as possible, knowing this might be the only opportunity for these candidates to be asked about some D1-specific matters.

First, the late add: That evening, councilmembers had just rejected, on a 5 no/4 yes vote, a proposal to have city code match the new state law criminalizing drug possession. We asked the candidates to say whether they would have voted yes or no on the proposal. Results: Tavel, Saka, Brown, Barefoot, and Anderson said they would have voted “yes”; Jacobson, Craciun, and Costa said they would have voted “no.”

Second question: With the enlarged D-1 map, how will you handle microconcerns?

ANDERSON – Already familiar with other areas of the district – Pioneer Square nightlife, SODO industry, Georgetown nightlife.

BAREFOOT – Lived and worked in other areas of the district – public safety, homelessness need to be addressed via root causes.

BROWN – District representation in councilmember’s office is important.

COSTA – Want to make sure there are more-accessible forums for everybody to more easily engage.

CRACIUN – Very excited about multicultural communities comprising district. She’s been engaging with Pioneer Square in particular.

JACOBSON – We’ve outgrown current system of representation and need technological way for 24/7 digital public comment, more digital town halls.

SAKA – Rather than thinking we’re divided and different, collaborate and find common ground to get stuff done that works for all.

TAVEL – Balance is difficult but important and he’ll be there as will “my amazing team.” Says he can go out and be there for people.

Third question: Georgetown & South Park are communities in need of economic and environmental justice. How will you advocate for their unique needs?

BAREFOOT – Language access. She’ll increase it and engage with as many people as she can.

BROWN – Councilmember will have to go there and reach out actively to ensure all voices are heard.

COSTA – Environmental justice and climate justice are incredibly important – will work with community members to decide where to spend.

CRACIUN – She created and founded Diversity Center of WA. Believes in communities speaking in their own voices.

JACOBSON – Can’t speak for BIPOC community, but they too can access technology and speak for themselves.

SAKA – Comes from a historically marginalized/disadvantaged community. Lives in Delridge. Understands firsthand what it’s like.

TAVEL – He has advocated for so many as a public defender and in community issues like bridge closure and South Park tides.

ANDERSON – Working with 34th District Democrats, he spent a lot of time in South Park recruiting PCOs and can build on that work.

Fourth question – Should we have a moratorium on new/expanded levies?

BROWN – No. Hopes housing levy will pass, transportation levy too. They’re a successful mechanism for funding things that need to be funded outside regular budgeting.

COSTA – Housing levy important. Would like to see new progressive revenue sources explored – like a vacancy tax.

CRACIUN – We need to look at it all with accountability, transparency, and efficiencies. She’d research and understand and take action.

JACOBSON – Yes, if public doesn’t have direct access and can’t give meaningful input on them.

SAKA – No moratorium that would circumvent the will of voters and a transparent process. Does support being “more efficient and effective with dollars we do spend.”

TAVEL – Not a time for a moratorium on levies but would like to see a moratorium on waste, government spending poorly, and giving to people spending inefficiently.

ANDERSON – No. But accountability, transparency, measurable outcomes important. Would implement measurable standards.

BAREFOOT – No. But Seattle needs to spend more responsibility and invest in self-sustaining programs. She’ll watch spending carefully.

Fifth question – Should West Seattle light rail be scrapped?

COSTA – We need to invest in public transportation and get people to use it. Maybe something sooner, but light rail – once it’s built, we’ll realize we can’t get along without this.

CRACIUN – Yes, a lot has changed. Will we continue with it just because we said we would?

JACOBSON – That decision would “require immense investigation by the public.” So we need a way for everyone to speak “in a meaningful way in public view.”

SAKA – No. We need to “expand our flexible transit options …” and biking options, and space for “people to travel in cars if they choose.”

TAVEL – No. But we do need to ensure the environmental impact report doesn’t claim that no buildings are affected – need to be intelligent about it but not scrap it.

ANDERSON – No. In 2015 King County studied extending it through White Center and Burien, I’d want to study that expansion.

BAREFOOT – Yes. “Elevated concrete structures continue to fail. If you cannot give us a tunnel, then scrap it.”

BROWN – No. Has lived in dense transit-rich places without a car. Wants everyone to be able to get around without a car (if they choose to).

Sixth question – City’s climate plan calls for fewer car trips. How will you encourage that?

CRACIUN – Make buses more bike-friendly. Think more seriously about the “15-minute community.”

JACOBSON – 15-minute community sounds amazing but it’s such a huge issue, we can’t just put a band-aid on part of it. “if we had a process that’s publicly accessible, we could access data” of people using all modes.

SAKA – Need to expand flexible options and incentivize people to reduce driving,. Transit needs to be safer.

TAVEL – Supports free ORCA card for all students and people of certain income levels. Son and I will bike around neighborhood visibly.

ANDERSON Increase bike corridors, more transit like small electric shuttles, increase bus access.

BAREFOOT – Runs successful voter education/outreach program and has success giving people options. Incentivize employers to give employees ORCA cards. Need more bike lanes.

BROWN – Support incentivizing moving around city many ways. His bagel business offers ORCA cards to employees. Must recognize topographical challenges

COSTA Make transit safe, accessible, convenient. If you do, people will ride it.

Seventh question – How would you address Admiral area’s transit shortage?

JACOBSON – Give everybody a forum to speak in a meaningful way. Current process does not allow for it.

SAKA – Would like to hear more from Admiral communities about what’s been suspended and why. Would be “best advocate I can be.”

TAVEL – Good bus system but could be so much better, here’s an example why.

ANDERSON – Deploy smaller electric shuttles deeper into communities. Get feedback from communities.

BAREFOOT – Lived in Admiral and was a bus rider – “in peak hours those buses were packed.” Need to take advantage of what we have.

BROWN – Worked for a transit agency, was involved in ORCA card introduction, would like to learn more about improving Admiral service, restoring pre-COVID levels.

COSTA – Wants to see data on underserved areas. We are a water town ane could have electric foot ferries running everywhere like San Francisco.

CRACIUN – Has adult and teen kids who provide ample feedback on what’s not working with the bus system. “I listen to the kids.”

Eighth question: When the Fauntleroy ferry dock is rebuilt, would you support expanding its over-water portion?

SAKA – Yes. We need to expand infrastructure to expand capacity.

TAVEL – Yes. Maybe add a youth-education center to teach kids about the water.

ANDERSON – Yes. Need to ensure we’re running an efficient system.

BAREFOOT – Yes, for people traveling to and from Vashon.

BROWN – Yes, important to invest in infrastructure, but not too familiar with this issue.

COSTA – Yes, would like to see terminal become world-class green construction terminal. Electric ferries. More amenities.

CRACIUN – Lives not far from the dock and experiencing early-morning traffic. Supports expansion but need to talk to neighbors about it.

JACOBSON – Everyone is in favor of improvement but the issue is how we approach it – people know how to solve it but need access to system.

Ninth question – Police are short-staffed and that won’t change quickly. How could SPD be most efficient with current resources?

TAVEL – Need better partnership with city council, city attorney, etc., to figure that out.

ANDERSON – Prioritize recruiting efforts, hire non-police crisis responders.

BAREFOOT – Hiring and training are slow. Sensitivity to diversity is important.

BROWN – Tough question, solvable by working with police union, mayor’s office, council. Not aware of current inefficiencies.

COSTA – Need to ensure Seattle is best place on planet to be a police officer but also need to stand up alternative responses to help take burden off SPD.

CRACIUN – She’s a sociologist with criminology focus. Need to talk to police more. Officer told us infrastructure for training is lacking.

JACOBSON – Working system must be transparent to be held accountable. Otherwise it’s not sustainable. No one is against a functioning public-safety officer. Need to find out why people are losing trust.

SAKA – Public safety issue is out of hand. Need to hire more police and empower them. But need alternative responses too.

Tenth question – Should people consider you the “law and order candidate”? Why/why not?

ANDERSON – Clinician’s perspective is vital.

BAREFOOT – No, although “I do support our police and public safety … There’s so much we can do as prevention” – address root causes.

BROWN – Not sure how to answer but his bagel shop was across from SPD precinct during George Floyd (aftermath) protests, was under pressure to speak negatively about police but didn’t.

COSTA – Would “prefer to be known as the holistic public-safety candidate … we can lead with compassion and still refuse to tolerate” bad behavior.

CRACIUN – She’s the “very pragmatic … researcher, sociologist, studying” candidate.

JACOBSON -No but would like to be considered logical, common sense, functional candidate. Need more data.

SAKA – What does “law and order” mean? As a Black man in this country, he’s experienced police brutality firsthand. But also has seen police acting nobly – would hire more, and hold them accountable.

TAVEL – “I want to be the criminal justice candidate.” Spent years as a public defender fighting for justice. Police need to be more “protect and serve” than “enforce and punish.”

Eleventh question – After (then-recent) unsolved shootings, say you’re a councilmember and a constituent said, “What are you going to do about this?” what would you say?

BAREFOOT – There are resources for victims. “We can do better and I can do better.”

BROWN – “I would join the person in their pain, listen to them, ask them how I could be of service.”

COSTA – “We can do better. We need to invest more in gun violence prevention programs. We don’t have an excuse for this, we need to fight on all fronts the fact that we have the highest rates of gun violence in the world.”

CRACIUN – “Shooting and shots-fired events were at all time high in 2022. I would work for (constituents) to solve whatever problems they were concerned about regarding the situation.” Need to be there for them.

JACOBSON – Technology is amoral. In order to have direct access to legislation, we need to have a real movement of community empowerment … because of the trauma we’re all experiencing.”

SAKA – “One of the communities bearing the brunt is my community, Delridge. I understand what it’s like. I lost an uncle to gun violence. We need to do everything.”

TAVEL – “The rise in gun violence is completely unacceptable … I would immediately be on the phone to SW Precinct commander to find out what’s being done, show up and talk to people affected …” and ensure resources are deployed.

ANDERSON – “I would listen to person to validate their concerns, then hold a forum to brief the community.” Must ensure appropriate investigative resources.

Twelfth question – How big an issue is homelessness in D-1 compared to the rest of the city?

BROWN – Doesn’t have the data but it’s profoundly affecting the people in D-1, in our urban villages and on our streets, so that’s what matters and “I would roll up my sleeves and work on it.”

COSTA – It’s a problem not only in our district but in our city. People are afraid to go downtown. It also affects our unhoused neighbors. Must increase affordable housing dramatically.

CRACIUN – Displacement is caused by large migration of poeople and problem is not enough places for people to live. Camp Second Chance is a successful solution … we have a lot of work to do.

JACOBSON – Remembers first time she saw a homeless person; the population is the most valuable resource to show how the system fails the community. People need direct access to the legislative process.

SAKA – Profound problem throughout D-1. Everyone deserves access to affordable housing and basic shelter, so he supports addressing root cause but we need to address symptoms as well.

TAVEL – Must understand we have many more homeless people by expanding the district, need to do so much more to get people into supportive housing and shelters.

ANDERSON – Have worked with the VA health system, which has reduced homelessness, so it’s doing something right. Need to improve clinically appropriate housing.

BAREFOOT – With expansion of district, homelessness crisis in D-1 has expanded, but the root causes are the real problems – every time there’s a sweep, that’s a displacement, but where are people moving? Need to work with KCRHA.

Thirteenth question – Describe one successful way to address homelessness.

COSTA – “Homelessness is a housing problem,” so build housing/shelter of all types.

CRACIUN – “Understand it.” It’s not just about alcohol/drug/mental problems – focus on “what people need from us, and what they need is a safe place to live. … 30 percent of houseless people are working people.”

JACOBSON – “Create a system that restores their humanity.”

SAKA – “As a former foster kid, I know what it’s like to be uprooted and swept away … we must do better for our unoused neiighbors,” can’t let them “live in squalor,” get them out of tents and RVs, get services.

TAVEL – Biggest problem “is calling this a problem of unaffordable housing … it’s not.” A friend’s brother is chronically homeless and he’s talked with him a lot.

ANDERSON – Complex issue – “25 to 30 percent have psychiatric and/or substance disorders … an expensive population to treat” so outreach must be extended.

BAREFOOT – “They’re all human beings, we’re all human beings, see each other (that way) … love thy neighbor … we need to uplift them, give them the tools they need to succeed.”

BROWN – “The one single tactic is a frame of mind, ‘housing first,’ next to impossible to lift out of your present situation if you don’t know where you’re going to sleep …” or don’t have a place to store your stuff.

Fourteenth question – Morgan Junction has two vacant city-owned spaces [future park expansion and future EV-charging lot] that are vacant, their future uses years away. What should be done with them in the meantime?

CRACIUN – At the Morgan space, allow a skatepark. “Let’s get creative and have fun … and involve the kids.”

JACOBSON – “We should have a community discussion and ask the community what they would like to see there.” Need to be able to access goverhment 24 hours a day for that discussion.

SAKA – “Starting point … listening and learning from the people of Morgan Junction.” Says he’s done a lot of that lately while doorbelling.

TAVEL – “Having been VP of Morgan Community Association …there’s a wonderful plan to put a skate park there” though there are liability issues – thee are things we can do in meantime.

ANDERSON – Should have a regular forum to hear from community members to figure it out.

BAREFOOT – Community “knows better, they know what they want,” hear from them in more convenient times and days.

BROWN – “I would echo panel’s thoughts on have it be driven by Morgan Junction folks,” biased toward social infrastructure as it’s a passion of his.

COSTA – “I would listen to the community as well …also would be great to bring ideas to the community, could we have a design challenge? Something fun and bring ideas to the community?”

Fifteenth question – The city’s commitment to urban creeks has eroded and they’re being treated more like drainage than habitats. Would you collaborate with the community?

JACOBSON – Yes. “A common sense will arise” of clean water and a place to live as a collaborative system arises.

SAKA – We all need access to clean natural environments – would like to hear SPU’s perspective. Lives next to Longfellow Creek.

TAVEL – Would bring in experts – has worked with Green Spaces Coalition, which has incredible environment, climate change experts; city needs to do more to bring in experts.

ANDERSON – Yes, important to preserve integrity and respect the committed citizens..

BAREFOOT – Yes, reach out to experts, put them at the same table and discuss all the D-1 creeks. Also emphasizes that we’re on Duwamish land and need to consult with (the tribe), which has stewarded the land for centuries.

BROWN – As councilmember for D-1 you represent land not just people – collaboration important.

COSTA – Completely agree with engaging the Duwamish people – looking at the river, we know it’s a lot more expensive to clean it up than to keep it clean in first place, “let’s not lose any more of our natural environment.”

CRACIUN – Lived in Alaska a long time – places like this were treasured – the fact that ours are in disrepair is upsetting – definitely need to bring indigenous people into the conversation and make a plan.

Sixteenth question – Woud you propose an election asking White Center/unincorporated North Highline residents if they want to be annexed to Seattle?

SAKA – Would poll D-1 residents first to see what they want.

TAVEL – After talking with Top Hat group, it does come down to what does potential annexees want. If the people there want to be annexed, I’m all for it.

ANDERSON – Absolutely important to engage communities that would be affected, first.

BAREFOOT – Before annexation conversation, needs to be big outreach to find out what they want.

BROWN – Not much to add – if WC folks are interested in being part of Seattle, their reasons and voices need to be heard.

COSTA – White Center’s just one small piece of what we’re facing – we’ll eventually be wall to wall city between Seattle and Portland – need to build out services, connect all these communities.

CRACIUN – Was at WC Pride the preceding weekend. Topic came up in various spots, regarding pros and cons. Just keep engaging community.

JACOBSON – Lived in WC for three years. Most love being unincorporated. Type of change my campaign suggests is cutting-edge approach to “problems that are only getting worse” otehrwise.

Seventeenth and final question – Civic engagement seems low these days – does city government have any role in changing that – what would you do?

TAVEL – Would like to see more council meetings available on Zoom, weekends, evenings, let people record their testimony and submit it; he’ll have monthly meetings and will show up at all neighborhood meetings,

ANDERSON – Wants to have regular forums throughout D-1 – format is pretty critical – social work-y folks talking with each other, not talking at an official.

BAREFOOT – Hybrid and remote meetings help – D1 is very diverse so we need to address every community differently, increase language access, support education.

BROWN – When he goes door to door, people say they are afraid and anxious and nervous, those are barriers to involvement, I let them keep talking.

COSTA – We may be seeing a dip but “what gives me such hope is passion in the younger generations – I would start there and bring them in every way we could … we could get people inspired that way.”

CRACIUN – Asks people at the forum to say hi to people they don’t know. “We need to do this kind of stuff, get together, talk about things you want to talk about.”

JACOBSON – This question speaks to my generation – “our voices don’t matter,” she had many barriers trying to interact with government previously. One thing she would change is that she would require reps to answer questions

SAKA – Education and advocacy. Has served on some boards and commissions. We need people to participate in more of those.

36 Replies to "VIDEO: First forum with all 8 Seattle City Council District 1 candidates"

  • wssz June 7, 2023 (5:13 am)

    Thank you for providing the video of this forum. It’s refreshing to see strong engagement on the part of all the candidates. Everyone added real value to the discussion — much appreciated. Ron Saka and Phil Tavel quickly established that they were far more knowledgable and connected to the issues than the other candidates. Their answers reflected a deep understanding of the complex issues facing our district, and included practical, specific solutions.  

    Starting out the forum by asking how each candidate would have voted yesterday re criminalizing drug use was exactly right. (Failed in a close 5-4 vote with Herbold voting No — I can hardly wait for her term to end).  It was very helpful to have that information. The YES votes to criminalize came from Tavel, Saka, Anderson, Barefoot, and Brown. NO votes were from Jacobson, Craciun, Costa.  Because I strongly disagree with yesterday’s CC vote, it immediately helped me know who I was more aligned with. The CC vote to maintain the status quo was a travesty as it’s clearly not working. 

    The candidates who will get my vote must show they understand the details and  depth of the gigantic issues we’re facing and specifically how they’d tackle crime, homelessness, policing (hiring and police practices), increasing safety, rampent drug use and its impacts on families and the community, transportation/infrastructure needs and accessibility, protecting green spaces and water quality, and much more.

    Most of the candidates promised to that if elected, they’d make sure people feel heard and respected — a huge contrast from our outgoing (thankfully) CC representative. Tavel said he’d attend all community meetings and hold regular town halls. 

    Looking forward to learning much more about these candidates, especially Saka and Tavel. 

    • Canton June 7, 2023 (11:19 pm)

      Great synopsis. Tavel and Saka had a strong approach. Tavel’s seated anger about Myers way, was a great response. We can’t fix homelessness, without a direct approach to the mental aspect. Drugs just perpetuate mental issues. Poverty is not the issue,( how many rich entertainers die from drugs), the drug abuse is the issue.

  • Delridge Dude June 7, 2023 (9:22 am)

    Phil Tavel was far and away the best prepared, most articulate, and most knowledgeable candidate. 

  • Dan on Delridge June 7, 2023 (9:28 am)

    Saka said he does not know what law and order means. Like, he actually got up on a stage and said that in front of a crowd. Tavel had a much better response to that question, calling himself the criminal justice candidate who wants to see the police protect and serve.  My ballot can’t get here fast enough!

    • Mr J June 7, 2023 (10:13 am)

      “Law & Order” is a right wing troupe, it doesn’t mean anything. It’s used to enrage a base so that they vote for more cops so they can make more petty arrests that punish poverty and make arm chair experts in their homes feel good. Hate seeing people use drugs? Invest in our community, infrastructure, health services, schools etc. why are we paying corporations to house prison populations that we could have diverted by creating safety nets to help and lift people up rather than toss out. 

      • anonyme June 7, 2023 (11:57 am)

        “Law & order” is a notion embraced by sensible folks in the right, left, and middle, and calling it a “right wing troupe” [sic] is absurd.  Speaking of tropes, any time I read a comment about the criminalization of poverty, I know not to expect much in the way of reason.  For example, please explain what a lack of investment in infrastructure has to do with drug use – or was infrastructure just an extra buzzword to toss into this silly salad?

        • M June 7, 2023 (1:17 pm)

          Actually, “Law & Order” is a TV show, and like Saka, I don’t know anything about it either.

        • James June 7, 2023 (1:38 pm)

          War on Drugs failed in the 80s, why would it work now? If you want to get technical about the law, Ann Davison went against the state bar’s rule of ethics yesterday with her comments. Her comments were dishonest and misrepresented the impact of adopting a local law. I wish the state would come down hard on her for that. Shame on Davison!

        • Another One June 7, 2023 (4:06 pm)

          Drug use is connected to poverty. Investment in infrastructure alleviates poverty in multiple ways, not just jobs. Just google “how is drug use connected to poverty” and “how investment in infrastructure helps combat poverty”.

        • Jon Wright June 8, 2023 (11:47 am)

          In my experience there is a high degree of correlation between the “law & order” and the “no new taxes” constituencies. Irrespective of the effectiveness of a public safety strategy that emphasizes enforcement, if that is the strategy chosen, you have to pay for it. And it isn’t inexpensive. You need law enforcement, public defenders, judges, court clerks, court houses, prisons, etc., etc. And you’re not going to be able to ramp all of that up immediately so it isn’t going to be the quick proponents seem to think it is. Nothing in this measure addresses the practicalities or funding required to actually implement a measure like this. There was a comment from user Cam in the “City Council rejects amending city code to match new state drug law” story ( that really resonated with me. It spoke to the likely outcome of passing a law like this, i.e., no change. I am frustrated by rampant public drug use, too, but passing a law like this and expecting it to any real effect on drug use is naive.

          • Scarlett June 8, 2023 (12:47 pm)

            Odd, isn’t it, how the limited government types are the very ones infatuated with Big Brother?  

      • CarDriver June 7, 2023 (12:56 pm)

        Mr J. Tell us what YOU are doing. Tell us how much a month you’re happy to pay for your solution that will fix everything.

    • Jan on Delridge June 7, 2023 (5:26 pm)

      Trump declared himself the “President of Law and Order” and look how he turned out. Saka’s response showcases political savvy and an unwillingness to take the bait of the question posed. These issues are complex and nuanced, and unfortunately the 30-second time limit squashes candidates of their ability to speak in more than a cheeky sound bite.

  • Michael R Arnold June 7, 2023 (10:08 am)

    I completely agree with you. Anyone who voted ‘no’ last night regarding the drug law, will not get my vote. This makes it easier to choose.

  • Admiral June 7, 2023 (10:39 am)

    wssz – agreed.

    Ms. Herbold’s no vote yesterday is a travesty and fails to recognize the significant harm done to the community by allowing open drug use to continue unabated.

    • James June 7, 2023 (12:42 pm)

      Some of us are okay with Herbold’s “NO” vote. You do not speak for all of us. 

      • Johnny Stulic June 7, 2023 (1:54 pm)

        Yes, we are aware that there is always a significant number of people anywhere who always put their morally bankrupt ideology before the common good. Such is the case with those of you who would follow the destructive Herbold/Sawant coalition all the way to hell an back if only it would help make an even larger mess out of our city. It will help no one, but help is not the point here anyway – it’s political posturing and pretend justice.

        • Not James June 7, 2023 (6:58 pm)

          Nope. That’s what we think of YOU Johnny.  You have your (bad) morals. I actually think Harrell and Davison have rolled back many progressive things great for this city and are the seriously destructive ones.

  • rb June 7, 2023 (10:52 am)

    i loved as well how Tracy asked how would they have voted yesterday regarding bringing Seattle in alliance with the rest of the state to make heavy drugs consumption a misdemeanor.  I would love to see more  “How would you do that?”  type of questions. It’s easy for politicians to throw buzzwords and promises to the wind. A well thought plan of action means to me they actually mean what they are saying and put some deeper thought into it. Thank you Blog for the great coverage.   

  • Appreciation June 7, 2023 (11:11 am)

    Totally appreciate the Blog doing this civic-minded work for us in WS.

  • Scarlett June 7, 2023 (11:46 am)

    Stephen Browne made the most crucially important observation when he said it all starts with  housing, knowing you have a place to lay your head down at night.  Pray that many of you never experience the absolutely terrifying feeling of not having a place to sleep –  night after night after night, into the indefinite future.   

  • Gaslit June 7, 2023 (11:49 am)

    Saka and Anderson sounded like the only two who actually have forward looking solutions. More government is not an answer for Seattle and any of the rest are exactly that. 

    • Scarlett June 8, 2023 (12:49 pm)

      Except when that Big Government consists of more law enforcement, more jails, more public defenders, etc. etc. 

  • WS Guy June 7, 2023 (1:06 pm)

    Glad I sent my vouchers to Tavel.

    • OnlyOne? June 7, 2023 (10:00 pm)

      Am I the only one to think it is perfectly legitimate to have asked the candidates which would enforce existing laws, considering the generalized degradation of our community and lack of law enforcement?  I can’t be the only one desirous of law and order. . . .

  • Peter June 7, 2023 (1:11 pm)

    Anderson, Saka, and Tavel were prepared, knowledgeable, and articulate. Brown and Costa only had generic political-speak answers, they need to do better. Barefoot, Craciun, and Jacobsen pretty much eliminated themselves from serious consideration. 

  • susie June 7, 2023 (2:51 pm)

    Jacobson said she’s a single mom of 3…I guess she does need that Monster energy drink. But what was with her pulling it front and out, is she getting an endorsement from them???

    • WSB June 7, 2023 (4:16 pm)

      We advised candidates to bring their own beverages as we weren’t planning on offering refreshments. I had a bottle of Dasani water on the table, and no, that was not product placement either.

  • anonyme June 7, 2023 (3:14 pm)

    Some seem to believe that if every single person in Seattle was provided with housing  (ostensibly free of charge, and paid for out of the magical mystery fund) then there would be no crime or drug use.  That notion is pathetically naive.

    • Not James June 7, 2023 (6:59 pm)

      I doubt very many think this. But sure, straw man it up.

    • Jethro Marx June 7, 2023 (10:15 pm)

      No, but many of us know (and have evidence to support our belief) that every person who is undergoing treatment for almost anything, whether it’s cancer, mental illness, addiction, or a broken arm, has a better outcome when they have stable housing. The naive viewpoint in Seattle sees a crowd of druggies who came from out of state, none of whom want to get clean, while social workers are rich and inpatient treatment beds sit unfilled by the dozens. 

  • Della June 8, 2023 (8:26 am)

    Saka and Tavel had the most solution focused answers. They also both seemed to get their point across in the allotted 30 seconds. Both separated themselves from the field. Costa had some good answers and I think she could be capable of representating our district, but she wasn’t as prepared as Saka and Tavel. Cracium would be my vote to attend a dinner party where she could moderate a conversation, but she’s not a decision maker. A great community member who deeply cares, but not a focused, decisive leader. Preston and Brown were ehh. Nice guys, good community members, but I wasn’t convinced of their motivation to run. Their answers lacked depth although each answered one question well (but all the others very plain). Jacobson basically had one answer she repeated 8 times. Great to have public input, but we’d spend way to much time gathering intel than acting on the years of data we already have. Barefoot was not prepared, looked nervous, and didn’t offer anything substitute in my opinion. Thank you to all who have decided to run. It’s easy to sit here from my couch and critique, but this is a very important election. Saka and Tavel could rally our community and get things done. One of the two will get my vote. 

  • CH June 8, 2023 (2:37 pm)

    Many people feel squeezed by taxes – that’s not because Seattle is spending too much on community needs, it’s because our city has such a regressive tax system. I only heard one candidate bring up progressive tax revenue, and that was Maren Costa.  Taxes here are exceptionally hard on the poor and uniquely light on the rich.

  • Scarlett June 9, 2023 (9:05 am)

    Conservatism has become an intellectual wasteland, a collection of inane tropes and platitudes, with a very healthy dash of hypocrisy.  We subsidize affluence in this country far more than poverty.  There was a time when the ranks of conservatism were filled with frank, hard-hitting and capable minds and but this has become as rare as a World Series appearance by the Mariners. What happened?  

  • Why June 9, 2023 (11:01 am)

    Agree Tavel and Saka were the front-runners in this show. I was very impressed by Jacobson’s big-picture vision and her refusal to resort to political posturing. Her relative youth and inexperience were evident in her presentation and by using the one single  concept to respond to the whole variety of diverse questions. It’s refreshing to see a politician with creative vision – we desperately need them to lead us into the future – and I hope she doesn’t quit after this race. 

  • WHY June 9, 2023 (12:46 pm)

    Agree  Tavel and Saka were the winners of this show.  I was very impressed by Jacobson and her big-picture creative thinking.  I hope she doesn’t quit after this race.

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