So far we know more about the three Seattle City Council members who are leaving the council than we do about the candidates who remain.
And there are a lot of them.
In Seattle’s new district, or ward, system, the vast majority of Maple Leaf is in Council District 5.
Our neighborhood’s southernmost toe, south of Northeast 85th Street, is in Council District 4.
Councilwomen Jean Godden is the incumbent in the 4th District. There is no incumbent in the 5th District.
Only two of the nine council members will run at large (citywide).
A forum for 5th District candidates is set for Wednesday, March 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
It’s hosted by the Broadview Community Council at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N.
Calling all community council members, neighborhood activists, business advocates, political junkies, civic troublemakers, citizens with a beef, and all other North Seattle voters!
This is the time to meet candidates for Seattle City Council in
YOUR VERY OWN District 5.
* Sandy Brown
* Mercedes Elizalde
* Debora Juarez
* Mian Rice
* David Toledo
* Halei Watkins
Learn about their background and experience, ask them questions, grade them, and challenge them to be transparent. Decide who might get your donation and/or your vote.
Another forum, for 4th District candidates, will potentially be held in late June and again in October, and is being organized under the auspices of the Northeast District Council.
The Seattle Weekly, meanwhile, is arguing the election may well give Mayor Ed Murray more power.
The official city candidate list is here.