Hasegawa: We were lied to.
CHS: So, this is about Sand Transit and the way it’s run? Not light rail?
Hasegawa: When it went to the ballot I said “I support ST3. Even though it’s $54 billion, we need it.”
CHS: It’s an interesting fine point, and it’s a big dollar fine point and it just…
“It’s about accountability from leadership. That’s what my whole campaign is about right now.”
Hasegawa: It’s a crucial fine point. If you’re not being told the truth, when we’re passing legislation that has the huge financial impact on people who are fixed income that are already being gentrified and priced out of the city, and mind you, we had the McCleary… We knew we had to find another $4.5 billion just to fund McCleary, so how likely are we going to be able to pass a revenue package now with all the email that I’m getting with people who are angry about the price of their car tabs and all this other taxes that they’re getting hit with.
CHS: But at the same time you said you wouldn’t have done anything different.
Hasegawa: No I wouldn’t have. I didn’t.
CHS: That’s, I think, the hard part.
Hasegawa: I just wanna be told the truth. If you are coming to us, don’t lie. Tell me the truth and let me make up my mind for myself.
CHS: Alright. Alright, well we will try…
Hasegawa: See that’s why I didn’t want to get into it, because it’s too fine…
CHS: You’re telling me it’s not about factual Sound Transit package, it’s about the agency.
Hasegawa: It’s about accountability from leadership. That’s what my whole campaign is about right now.
CHS: Alright. I wonder if people will care. I’m curious to see if people will care.
Hasegawa: I think people want to be told the truth.
CHS: Yeah? Well I wouldn’t wanna be told the truth. I wonder if people will care that it costs $54 instead of $15 billion.
Hasegawa: You don’t think so? [laughter]
This testy exchange was just the start of things in one of the feistiest conversations in CHS’s interviews with the mayoral candidates. State Sen. Bob Hasegawa didn’t like being labelled anti-transit — his issue is with the way the transit agency is run, he told CHS, not trains. We also talked with the longtime labor leader and 11th District senator about his push to create a municipal bank and his belief that the city needs a champion for South Seattle and underserved communities in City Hall. You can learn more at bobhasegawa.com.
Unchained by a damaging sex abuse scandal that removed incumbent Ed Murray from a powerful pole position, 21 candidates are vying this summer to be the next mayor of modern-day Pacific Northwest boomtown Seattle, Washington. Of those 21, only two will survive the first round cut from the August 1st primary. CHS may be on a summer news break but we couldn’t resist opportunities to talk with the candidates most likely to be on the mind of Capitol Hill voters in the coming weeks: Jenny Durkan, Nikkita Oliver, Cary Moon, Bob Hasegawa, Mike McGinn, and Jessyn Farrell. The interviews were conducted in recent weeks at locations across the city including coworking spaces, campaign offices, and a diner. The talks varied but revolved around a core set of Seattle issues: Black Lives Matter, affordability, addiction, and homelessness. We have edited the conversations for clarity and length.
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