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Ready for next year's very local City Council election?

November 5th, 2014 · 6 Comments

Update 11/08: Crosscut has a discussion of district politics here.

Now that the 2014 elections are over….

It’s time to think of the 2015 Seattle City Council election. Which is to say, something completely different from previous years.

For 2015, we’re electing our City Council by district (ward). Only two of the nine council members will run at large (citywide).

Most of Maple Leaf is in Council District 5, with a small piece (roughly south of a line drawn through the middle of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park) in Council District 4.

None of the current council members live in District 5. So far a former Methodist pastor, Sanford “Sandy” Brown, has announced his candidacy, as has Halei Watkins, a Planned Parenthood political organizer, according to our news partner The Seattle Times.

The Stranger has recent interviews with Watkins and Brown.

Brown, 56, lives in Licton Springs. Watkins, 26, lives in Northgate.

Sanford’s web site is here. Watkins’ is here.

As for Council District 4, incumbent Jean Godden, 83, says she’s running again, according to The Times. She’s been joined by Michael Maddux, 33. And today an email arrived saying Taso G. Lagos, “a member of one of our North End’s most beloved families,” will announce next week.

As for the two citywide positions, incumbent Tim Burgess has declared he’ll run for District 8 and incumbent Sally Clark for District 9.

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